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32 in walkbehind vs 36 in walkbehind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by crevinalandscapingllc, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. crevinalandscapingllc

    crevinalandscapingllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Hi I've been in business for the past couple of years and this year I've decided to update my fleet of equipment. Right now all I have left to buy is a new 36 in walkbehind. I just found a great deal on a toro 32 in pro line walkbehind. I've always ran 2 48s and a 36 in my fleet being I don't have many gated yards. Has anyone used a 32 and 36 is there a big difference? Thanks Mark
  2. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,045

    32" Differences:
    Less HP on some 32"
    No Hydro option on most 32"
    Narrower drive tires
    Probably can't use a sulky on a 32"

    On some same brands, a 32" deck takes the same blade as a 48"

    Same amount of "trim" usually (deck overhang from rear tire)

    Productivity loss is marginal based on most lot sizes that you would us a 36" on.

    If using belt drive models only, a 32" is a little lighter therefore it can be manhandled easier. Less wear and tear on your body (although you might have an extra pass or two).

    I am sure there is more.
  3. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,440

    How about the obvious? A 32 will fit through gates a 36 won't. And my 32 Toro pulls a Velke just fine.

    To me a 36 is too big to be small, and too small to be big.
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  4. crevinalandscapingllc

    crevinalandscapingllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I'm not sure the how big the gates are where your located but almost all gates in northern jersey are 40 in openings. But thanks for the inputs keep tem coming
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  5. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,440

    A lot of the gates in older neighborhoods are smaller. And as mentioned production difference between 32-36 is negligible. Only matters if the mower fits or not. I do a fair bit of broker work, so it pays to be able to get in and get done.
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  6. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,280

    Well said. There are many narrow gates in my area where a 36" will not fit but a 32" will. A 36" wb is a rare site on any trailer in these parts. It is too large for many gates and not nimble enough to double as a pushmower in most applications. I am thinking about picking up a 32" snapper, even though I hate belt drives. The thing is light and has plenty of power. The turfmaster is an option but should of been built with castor wheels. I found it to be cumbersome to turn.
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  7. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,021

    On your application 36" would be the right way to go. :waving:
  8. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,440

    I experienced a cub cadet 21" with castors. It was nice on level ground, but traversing any slope was tough to keep it straight. Front wants to go downhill turning it into a wrestling match. I haven't used a turf master yet.
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  9. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I run a 36" never had a problem with any gates. I have never used a 32" so i cant speak on advantages. But I will throw log on the fire and bring in the new Exmark 30" walk behind. it comes in at 170lbs vs the metro 32" 421lbs
  10. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    These are tough calls and there is always a trade off. We often don't get the answer we want until after the fact.

    I have both 32 and 36 BOP WB's and each has their place.
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