36" vs. 48"

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Fireguy119, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Fireguy119

    Fireguy119 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Hi all,
    was getting some opinions from everyone on the size of the walk behind they think is more beneficial to there company. 36 or 48". I have an opportunity to acquire each, but looking at pros and cons. I can get a 36" ransomes that requires a new tranny for $250. Or i can get a 48" scag that needs a new engine for around $500. Both belt driven. I've never used a 36", and i hate to go smaller and wish i wouldn't have. But i'm also looking at the $$$$ factor. Gimme your 2 cents, much appreciated.
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I think the difference in the mowers is pretty obvious. You should be able to make this decision yourself by driving around where you intend to mow and see what the gates and yards will allow you to use there. Look at what others have on their trailers and see if they are carrying smaller mowers.
  3. lawnboy852

    lawnboy852 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 219

    the difference is about a foot... look at your props and see. a 36 can be used pretty much everywhere, but in areas where a 48 *could* be used, it is less productive etc etc
  4. aznsquirel

    aznsquirel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I thought I was getting a 36 but decided to get a 48 instead since I found a great price on one and I wasn't cutting many lawns with gates I couldn't fit in the back. Good luck!
  5. Fireguy119

    Fireguy119 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    with no clients at this point my options are quit open. I guess i'll have to go with my instinct on the 48". it is a scag, and i will be able to save some time on mowing. Plus i can pick up a few larger accounts without worrying to much. Was just curious of what everyone uses or prefers. Thanks.
  6. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    IMO - I would start with the 36. If you have no accounts - why would you limit yourself. You can always upgrade later but you can not make that 48 fit through a gate later.

    I started with a 36 inch z down here almost two years ago - still using it to this day with 79 accounts. I am now looking to upgrade - but the 36 was a good investment because it will remain on the trailer for the smaller properties.
  7. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    If you have no customers, you limit yourself with the 48 -- buy the 36.
  8. yanks1

    yanks1 LawnSite Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 17

    I have found that on smaller residentials I like the look of the 36" cut better than the 48". Just my opinion. Some customers actually ask for the smaller cut, but there is the time factor to consider..:confused: You certainly will be able to complete the job faster with the bigger mower.

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