52" vs. 60" productivity

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bjm95, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. bjm95

    bjm95 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    After riding some other mowers, I painfully realized how slow my 52" toro Z master is. I am thinking of buying a 60" Cheetah. Not only for speed but size as well. We cut the full range of properties small to large. I know there will be a increase but wondering if it will justify the payment for the Cheetah at about $200 a month.

    Has anyone recently gone through this and have made the jump to the faster, bigger mower? If so, has the mower paid for itself?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,358

    It depends all on your accounts. But I would say you will see 20% increase in productivity on cut swath and speed easily.
  3. fastbs

    fastbs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    This may not be a lot of help but sounds like a similar situation.
    Late last year I took my 19hp 52" bobcat procat in for a miss which ended up being a coil, had about 250 hours on it. While at the shop started drooling over a 34hp (now rated 31hp kawi) 61" predator pro bobcat. After crunching all the numbers I ended up hauling the predator pro home a couple days later. This was not a business smart purchase and I already knew that but I just wanted it.
    This has made me realize that I should have got a 60" a couple mowers ago and I've really enjoyed the bigger mower, no regrets here.
    If you can comfortably afford it, you will be very happy with the bigger mower.
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  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Yes I went from 50s to 60s and then to 72
    Lawns got bigger
    More throat cutters on Res lawns
    Time is money
    Bigger mower will speed up the time spent in a lawn
    I have soccer field I mow with 60'' takes 45mins same field with my 72'' takes about 30mins
    I have a 50'' and somedays it gets used in same lawns that are to small for 60''
    I have 5 60'' mowers and 3 72'' mowers and the 1 50''
    The mowers has paid for there self few times
    There dated from1988 ,92,95,98,01,05,06,10,11 ones I sent down road was 1985 and 2007
  5. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,447

    i have 3 mowers 48"-60" at first i was only running a 48" and 60" it took us 6 days to mow our 120 lawns, i picked up a 60" and knocked 2 days off my mowing!! not only is the cut bigger but the gound speed is faster to.
  6. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    There's no justifying payments on business equipment, you save your money and pay for it cash, that's how it's done.
  7. bjm95

    bjm95 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Great advice, thanks! Im pretty sure I will pull the trigger.
  8. bjm95

    bjm95 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Even if it's 0% interest??
  9. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    60" are good on all accounts - even small lawns as long as your careful with the larger deck.
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  10. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Yes even at 0%.

    0% loans are for 2-3 years which makes the monthly payments higher over a 5 year 5% loan. About $425 a month for 2 year 0% or $150 a month for 5% 5 year.

    Then what happens if 5 customers drop dead from old age (I hope very old age) 5 customers move, then economy goes from bad to worse and you loose 5 more customers are you going to be able to still make payments or are you going to make the repo man some money?

    Now if I had that Ten Grand sitting in the bank I would take the 0% loan because if something was to cause me to miss a payment the money would be there for a safety net. No repo. No lose of credit rating.


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