48” or 52” stander mower which to buy??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by brianj80, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. brianj80

    brianj80 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Hello hoping u guys can help me out with which size mower to buy? I want to get a 48 or 52 just wondering what everyone uses more? I mow all residential some larger some smaller. Please help me out
  2. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,383

    Bradley has a 48 and a 52 stand on not sure why? Pretty much the same size. I prefer 36" but my focus is on smaller properties. 52" seems to be the one everyone is buying and raving about
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  3. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've got a 48" and 52" mowers, neither will fit in a 48" gate. So I use the 52 everywhere I can and something 44" or smaller on most gated yards. The 48 does not get much use, other than weedy crap yards. Unless the deal was great, I see no reason to purchase a 48" again.
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  4. Cajunjosh

    Cajunjosh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    I’m running a 54 and a 36 Stander right now and hindsight being 20/20 for my 5-8k sq/ft yards I would have gone 48 and 36. I find on a lot of my yards there is just enough terrain to cause me to have to adjust patterns to keep the 54 from scalping. Your mileage will probably vary but I also don’t have any huge properties to mow.
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  5. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,680

    if you're running a 36" already for gates, it makes sense to get a 52 because of blade size. The 52 is a touch bigger then the 48 but the 52 and 36 are compadable with blades.
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  6. Graverunner68

    Graverunner68 LawnSite Member
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    The speed is what matters, I cut older cemeterys and my 52 will not fit into certain rows of stones. A 48 fits in all the rows and is faster than my walk behind. I remember some where on here that a 52 is only a minute or two faster on open acreage than the same frame 48
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  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,718

    I've found that on medium sized lawns a smaller mower is faster. For instance, a 52" is easier to maneuver, less trimming, etc than a 60" even though the 60" fits just fine on that lawn.

    And with Grandstands, the 52" stripes better than the 60's. Actually with Lazers as well.

    I can't always convince my crews of that, so I am "weeding" out the larger mowers. I'll always have a couple 60's but I replaced my 60 Lazer with a 54" ZTrak.
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  8. Mow-Daddy.com

    Mow-Daddy.com LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've got 2-52s and 2-48s. I'm looking at a 72 also for this season. Have a few parks and ball fields we do. And bidding 2 more right now. We'll see.
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  9. oabdu123

    oabdu123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    So I was actually wondering the same thing.
    Any advice would be much appreciated .
    I'm looking at the Bradley 48 and 52 stander. Most of my yards run from 5k to 15k lots. The 48 is also $1000 cheaper as of right now. Being that I have smaller lots and the 48 stander is 1k cheaper, would that be a better bet?
    Also, say like I pick up a 1 acre property would the time difference even be much, maybe a couple more min?
  10. Tootall91

    Tootall91 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    I run a 52” zk with no issues. However it seems a lot of guys run 48’s here. Maybe because of all the hills and varrying terrain the 48” scalps less.

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