48" walk behind vs. 52" walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smitty's lawncare, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    hello everyone, For this past year my main mower has been a scag 36" belt driven walk behind with a velky x2. I mow 30 accounts per week that range from small residental properties to 3.5 acre commercial lots. Often times, i mow on the weekends when i come home from college and obviously when i'm home during the summer. With my current mower, i can usually get done with all my yards in 3 days. However, i feel beat to death each week when i finish. For next year, i am looking to get another walk behind, either scag or exmark (dealers are close) in either 48" or 52" HYDRO. I can't use a ztr because many of my accounts would not be very accessible with one. My question is: should i go with a 48" or 52"??? I know that there is only a 4" difference, but is that 4" a big deal? I will keep my 36" for the few gates i must get into. Thank you for all of your input.
  2. Exmarkboy13

    Exmarkboy13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    In my experience, the advantage of going to a 52 is not a gain in productivity, rather a step up in frame and engine size. You won't notice a size difference to much, but most mfgs step up models starting at 52 inches
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  3. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Gotcha, I know with scag, there are quite a few different configurations you can get in a 52" in terms of engine and frame size. If I'm not mistaking there is only one configuration with the 48". I'm not really sure about exmark though.
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  4. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    Go bigger since you're keeping the 36. Always go a little bigger than you need in everything in this business, then hopefully, it will wear out before you outgrow it. Some of the worse purchases I've made in this business is to buy something to only realize that I've outgrown it by the next season.
  5. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    That was kinda what I was leaning towards. Thank u for your advice!
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  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    First off when adding a 48" to your 36" you would be only saving a little time.

    Also Most 4' gates are exactly 4' and a 48" mower will not get through those gates so you will be having to still use the 36" for those back yards. So the 48" will not increase your production enough to make the purchase that worth while.

    Number time.

    If you had 30 acres to mow every week.

    36" would take 22.9 hours to do. This leaves out drive time, and all other times. Just time to mow.

    48" 17.1 hours

    54" 15.3 hours

    I would go with the 54" because it will give you the biggest increase in productivity. And many new gates are 5' and a 54" will fit through a 5' gate. You will still have to use the 36" for the small gates. The same gates that a 48" would not fit through as well.
  7. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    I reckon a 52" will be the way to go then. What company produces a 54" walk behind?
  8. Jason Simmons

    Jason Simmons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    John deere use too
  9. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Gotcha. I haven't really heard the best things about the new jd walk behinds yet, but I'm sure they will have a top notch machine in the near future. However, I think I'd take a jd Ztr over any other Ztr, but that's not real relavant to this thread lol.
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  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,760

    I believe Hustler makes a 54.

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