wide area mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by doyles, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. doyles

    doyles LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    i mow alot of baseball and football fields and was thinking of buying a wide area mower probale a 10 or 11 foot cut like a john deere 1600 turbo or a kobota 6010
    i was wondering if any of you run these and what could i expect for fuel usage
    thank you
  2. LawnCareNoobie

    LawnCareNoobie LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 434

    Ever thought about Jacobson as well? The HR-5111 seems to be a popular choice at schools/colleges etc. I work on college grounds and we have one, pretty good mower with minimal problems. It has a cab though and it gets pretty hot in the summer. Fuel usage is decent, you can pretty much do an 8 hour day with a full tank. Not sure how many gallons that is.
  3. Tall Rider

    Tall Rider LawnSite Member
    Posts: 118

    Dont care for the cut at all on the 1600 Deere. Much more prefer the Toro 4000 11' WAM
  4. Penncare

    Penncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 179

    Give the Lastec 4520 a look. Don't have one but the machine seems like it wood drive and feel more like a traditional ztr and the articulating deck is appealing as well.
  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    I do a lot soccer and football fields and
    I run 72'' dixie chopper
    I do have a 15 wide batwing mower but its to heavy for fields like that
    Once started buy 72'' dont use it much any more
    To much rain to soft
  6. scagdude

    scagdude LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 344

    We have a bunch of baseball and soccer fields and we just actually like ztrs. We have found they leave a better cut, cost less to operate, and get better gas. Granted, they have a smaller deck, but you honestly can't tell much of a difference when you are going from one baseball field to another. If you are going to go with a bigger mower, i recommend the toro mentioned above. That's the one we have and we love it. It's not the best on gas but does a great job. So, when we do a big complex, we have the toro 4000, and 2 72" ztrs going.
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Ever seen the DC promotional video that shows a guy on a 72" mowing a football field in 15 minutes?
  8. doyles

    doyles LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    thanks all of you for your feedback mabey the wam whoudent be a great choice because in the spring when it is raining all the time it might sink or tear the fields up
  9. Tofutti

    Tofutti LawnSite Member
    Posts: 100

    Here in the Northeast, as you well know, when things are wet, they ARE WET.
    That said, honestly probably a 72" ZTR is still going to mud it up, or at least brown-stripe it. It seems to be, however, the lessor of the two evils. Unless you have lots and lots of ballfields to do, and the little bit of extra/field time will kill you, it's probably going to give the best accessibility and least damage.
  10. MAK61

    MAK61 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Don't know if you're still in the market for a large mower - but I currently have a Jacobsen AR 2500 for sale just outside of Manlius. Just dropped the price from $11,500 to $6,450. Can email pics and information or give you a call. It has a 96" cut and mows about 7 acres per hour. Runs like a top and in excellent condition. Thanks, Mark. 315 575-1541.

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