2 acres mower suggestions (personal use only)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fedspunisher, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. fedspunisher

    fedspunisher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I just bought 2 acres of land need a mower. I dont really want to spend a ton of money. 1000-2000 if possible. What should I be looking for? My only concern is that I wont spend all day mowing. My neighbor has a deere lawn tractor and about the same amount of land and it seems like hes out there from the time he gets off work until about sundown. That is what im trying to avoid.

  2. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    My father has a 42" Deere tractor. He cuts 2 acres with it and it take him about an hour. It leaves a BEAUTIFUL cut with the mulching plate on.
  3. zeroturner

    zeroturner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    If your father cuts 2 acres with a 42" John Deere tractor and you are happy with the quality of cut and the time it takes, then I would say go with the same setup. That mower should be in your price range. You are basically limiting yourself to a tractor type mower with a $1000.00 - $2000.00 price range.
  4. zeroturner

    zeroturner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    Sorry fedspunisher.........for some reason I thought post 1 and 2 were both from you. Trying to do to many things I guess. Years ago I used to cut 2 acres with a Craftsman 50" and it took me close to 2 hours, but I had a lot of trees and beds to go around. As always, a zero turn will be more productive if you can justify purchasing one.
  5. fedspunisher

    fedspunisher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    We havent seeded it yet but its pretty much all clay so im guessing its not gonna be the smoothest ground. What would a large wheel tractor be better than a ZTR for absorbing the bumps??
  6. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    I think a couple of goats would be perfect.
  7. IHusky

    IHusky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    My co-worker has a little over two acres of land and he bought a 42" Husqvarna lawn tractor and he regrets it because it takes him too long to mow. I used to mow my fathers house, about 3 and half acres with a 42" lawn tractor and it took me forever. Zero turn will be faster but a little more on the wallet. What about a used 52" walkbehind with velke? Good luck.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2008
  8. fedspunisher

    fedspunisher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    okay so 2 acres = 87120 ft^2. If you figure no wasted time and no overlap on mowing with a 60" deck = 17424 ft. Take that divided by 1 mile = 3.3 miles so i would have to run atleast 4 mph with a 60" deck to mow 2 acres in 1 hour. About 5mph with a 48" deck. Im not sure what ground speed is but 5mph on a lawn tractor is going pretty good right?
  9. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 371

    Look for a used ZTR, preferably a commercial-grade unit in great shape. Used hydro Dixons are avalble in that price range, in most areas.
  10. Green Team Landscaping

    Green Team Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    Ferris mowers have suspension, so for the clay that would probably be best. My dad got his backyard extended and they used clay, and nothing is worse than bouncing on that ZTR. I would reccomend asking punt66 about his, but I think we want you to keep coming back here for any of your questions. He may deter you from coming back.

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