15 acres of grass to mow

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by fouracres, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. fouracres

    fouracres LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Brother and sister in law are moving from townhouse living to the country. This is down the road 3 miles away. I've got all of the tractor options covered but it apears that he would like to look at some ZTRs when they get up here.

    Local options are Dixie Chopper, John Deere, Ferris, Husqvarna, and Country Clipper. Scag and Kubota are within 50 miles.

    I'm thinking commercial with a 61" deck. I've gone to the links at the top of the page but there are few prices available. Could anyone supply models for the above options with prices paid? Or links to sites with new prices?

  2. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bill, of the options you presented, I'd demo a Dixie, John Deere, and if you can find them, a Hustler dealer as well... For a 60" 27hp machine ( That to me would be a minimum HP requirement ) expect to pay @ $7500 to $9000+USD.. You may wanna find a Bad Boy dealer too, if possible, I demoed one last year, and absolutely loved it.. The guy woulda sold me one for $6500 brand new, 60" cut, with a 27hp Kohler.. Wish I woulda bought it, but it wouldn't fit in my enclosed trailer I had at the time..

    And you couldn't go wrong with the Scag either.. I'd say hands down Kubota as well, but they are mighty proud of them ( Like $12k proud, but the one I checked on was diesel), and I've heard some here on Lawnsite complain of the cut quality, then again, I'd deffinately demo one and see for myself.

    If I could impress anything on you, It'd be to DEMO a machine at your property before you buy..As a side note, If the dealer wasn't willing to demo, that's an excellent sign to find another dealer..Hope this helped.
  3. fouracres

    fouracres LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17


    Thanks for the information. Prices are lower than the tractor options but then again you loose the tractor functions. Closest Bad Boy dealer is a hotel room away. Found a Hustler dealer within 25 miles.

    I agree with your engine/deck thoughts and rest assured that I will steer my BIL only towards dealers that will yard demo. Some of the dealers are 25 to 50 miles away and I wonder if they will come by.

    He will have some fun on this relatively flat country yard. Depending on how you mow, some of the runs are straight and over 1200 feet long...
  4. orangejbird

    orangejbird LawnSite Member
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  5. fouracres

    fouracres LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17


    That Charger does look nice. Went to the site and there is only the distributor for the North East listed. I will have to call them and see if there is a dealer in Northern NYS. We have had the three wheeled Ferris mowers in the past and the flip-up deck is handy.

    Stopped by the Dixie Chopper store this morning and was impressed with the COATESVILLE CLASSIC model XG2703-60. They will bring one by when my BIL moves in. Might stop by the Ferris store but the local JD dealer is really a joke. The family has spent close to $20k there over the years but they act like, well it's just not fun to stop by. Other JD dealers around if the BIL does not like the Choppers.
  6. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I saw you mention wide open spaces.. If that's the case, I'd absolutely go for a 72" machine, and be done that much faster..I'd go for the extreme Mowchine with the 32hp engine..
  7. scout_pete

    scout_pete LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    You mentioned you have all the tractor options covered. With 15 acres of mostly wide-open space, and probably other tractor stuff to do, they would be pretty-well served getting a compact tractor with a 72" finish mower. They could always add a loader and get a box scraper so you don't have to spend all your time doing the "tractorin'" at their place. :D
  8. fouracres

    fouracres LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    There are few open spaces. I am mowing this place again (was the in-laws family homestead) with our 23/54 Prestige and there are not a lot of open spaces. There are places where you can get a straight run but trees and bushes pass close by. Every other pass you are trimming out another tree or bush somewhere along the line.


    Dixie dealer mentioned that on these country yards, the 72" deck is prone to scalping. Might tell the BIL to try both the 60" and 72" if available.


    I get the feeling that multiple tractors and large attachments are not in the cards. A +30hp tractor and finish mower means another something for trim and for close to the house. In the case of this yard the time savings would not be much of an advantage as a tractor/finish mower would not fit into or through a lot of the treed areas without doing 40 point turns.
  9. kthhayes

    kthhayes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    If you have a large area to cut I will recomend the Dixie Chopper, look only at the Xtream Machine, for a zero turn it is the fastest mower availible, 15 miles per hour for the 60", or 13mph for the 72". But for 15 ac you might look at a tractor with a very large deck. We had three customers last year and all the lawns touched, 11ac all told. Including triming and blowing it would take about a day for one guy to do all three, with our other ztr's we needed two mowers, and two people. There are a lot of trees, and other obsticles in thoes lawns. The tractor may give you other advantages, getting one that can have a bucket, or set of forks attached, have air conditioning, radio, or any other atachments. Good luck
  10. scout_pete

    scout_pete LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Hi, Fouracres. I was suggesting a compact utility tractor for the new property, not a full-sized utility tractor--I should have been more clear. A JD 2210 or 4110 with a 60" mower allows for a lot more function with a property that size. The uncut radius of the mower turned at locks is about 2+ feet (4-5 foot circle). They can then add on implements or just borrow some of yours :)

    JD 4110 Pics:


    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/pete2210/turf/vantagepoint06.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/pete2210/misc/excavate02_med.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

    JD 2210 Pics:

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/pete2210/jd_2210/2210_Ready_for_more.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/pete2210/jd_2210/rootball.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

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