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36" vs 48"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by willretire@40, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
    Messages: 1,390

    Well when my 36" stander went in the shop for a couple of days I demo a 48" stander. So I dedcided to do a little study of my own. I wanted to see how much faster I was able to do my route with the 48".

    I only did the study on the properties that I could use the 48" on including front and back. Average property size was 1/4 acre. I couldnt believe that I was only saving on average 2 min per lawn.

    Make me wonder why people have so many mowers on the trailer when it really is not saving them much time. Anyone else realize this?
  2. dplawn

    dplawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    wonder about the jump from 48 to 60?
  3. ohanyan1

    ohanyan1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    The biggest issue that I can think of is the overhang on the trim side. The smaller the deck, given the same frame size, the more the drive tire will run over the edging.
  4. THC

    THC LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,020

    I use and 21 and a 36. One day I decided to see if I could get away with just a 21 and I lost 10 minutes on the first yard. So screw that Idea.
  5. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,340

    Was it the push rods? Have them adjusted every 300 hours.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    you must be a idiot.

  7. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 846

    Kind of on topic here. I've done some measuring of the time savings going from a 36 walk behind to 60 ztr. About 1/2 the time.
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I carry a 21", 36" and 60" mowers. I can't even try to imagine trying to cut some of my bigger yards with a 36" mower. It could be done but the time lost would be significant. But I can put that 36" mower on slopes the 60" won't do. And I have a few tiny gated yards the 36" can't get to. My 60" mower easily gets the most hours. I put hours on it at a rate of 5:1 over my 36".
  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,084

    Right, but, this was the first time you used that machine on those lawns. I know it's not much of a bigger jump from a 36, but once you get used to using the 48, you'll start saving time.
  10. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
    Messages: 1,390

    Im just basing this off of a 1/4 acre lot. Once you get to a 1/2 acre then you will see a difference. If I was to run to mowers on my trailer it would be a 36" and a 60" hands down.
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