Zero turn questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by I_am_a_beginner, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. I_am_a_beginner

    I_am_a_beginner LawnSite Member
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    - For commercial purpose only (Shell, Mcdonalds, Taco Bell sort of contract) which deck size would be the more fonctionnal and productive. I am looking at a 52" or 61" deck size. I want the right deck size, which one would be a sure bet?

    - I am currently doing business with a Ferris Dealer. They offer me 2 different category of zero turn which are the IS500 and the IS1500. Does the IS500 is a commercial grade zero turn? Do the IS1500 worth the 1500$-2000$ investment?

    - In my town, there is a Toro, a Ferris, a Ariens, a Gravely dealer. Is there in those brands AN ABSOLUTE MOST 52" OR 61" zero turn?
     
  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i would think a 61" would be too big...at least here...all the commercial lots here have ditches and stuff and aren't really that big...alot of people do them with pushmowers...that's how small they are here.
     
  3. SLMGT

    SLMGT LawnSite Member
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    Probably a couple good string trimmers, an edger, a good shrub trimmer and a good back pack blower should be about all you would need if the fast food joints are like the ones around here.
     
  4. I_am_a_beginner

    I_am_a_beginner LawnSite Member
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    48" or 52" would be a better pick in this case?
     
  5. Tofutti

    Tofutti LawnSite Member
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    I'm not terribly far away from you. Not being in any city environment here (which you may be), the biggest I would need for those accounts around here would be a 48. It really just depends on what the yards look like... If it's a lot of narrow areas and it looks like it'd be overkill for a 52 and even more of a pain in the butt to turn a 60 around, than it probably will be. IMHO

    Esp. if you're just starting out....(and I'm only assuming this from your user name lol) a 48 or even 36 is a good, comfortable size and can still be quite productive for you in the meantime until you learn what larger sizes are more helpful and where. You might even look into a Walkbehind mower with a Velke/Sulky or a Pro-Plate if you do go with a smaller deck and you don't have your heart set on a ZTR yet.
     
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  6. Km81

    Km81 LawnSite Member
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    Ferris IS1500Z 48" deck would be the best choice for you. 26hp Kawi V-twin + ICD deck = Flawless cut, powerful, and good fuel economy.

    Most importantly: You can't beat a Ferris
     
  7. Km81

    Km81 LawnSite Member
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    If the OP is doing a lot of fast food/gas stations a walk behind with Sulky wouldnt be much use. There is generally a lot of long sweeping curves with dead ends at these types of places, as well as large curbs to hop on and off of. No place for a Sulky.
     
  8. Tofutti

    Tofutti LawnSite Member
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    Good point. Maybe the walkbehind would be the better bet indeed, being able to hop obstacles easier than a ZTR. This is why I also mentioned a WB with a Pro-plate/ProSlide setup. Here.
     
  9. Tofutti

    Tofutti LawnSite Member
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    That link shows where/how to order it, but it doesn't show the real benefit of it.
    This thing will virtually disappear under the machine as soon as you back up (if turning around and whatnot). Very handy for tight spots.
     
  10. Bagit

    Bagit LawnSite Member
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    Wright Stander RH w/36" deck and one push mower would cut these props efficiently.
     

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