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60 in. vs. 52 in.

Lawnworks

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
usa
I am looking for a slightly used exmark and I might have found one. The problem is it has a 60in. deck. I was originally wanting a 52in. deck. I mow mostly residential half-acre lots. Next year I am going to go after bigger yards and appartments, but still maintaining the smaller yards. Do any of you guys use your 60" on smaller yards. If so, how is the cut quality? That is my major concern. Hopefully I am going to demo one Saturday, but I would like to have your input also.

Thanks
Rick
LawnWorks
 

thelawnguy

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Central CT
How are the lawns like, hill and bump-wise? The wider the deck the more it will straddle imperfections in the lawn, sometimes to the point that, unless you re-cut in small strips, it will look like you missed a whole area. If the lawns are perfectly flat it will look good with a 600 inch deck.
 

bob

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
DE
Go with the 60" deck. In my book ,"The bigger the better".
 

accuratelawn

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
SW Missouri
We mow several small areas 6,000 sq - 1 acre with a 60 " Lazer. Cut is great! Go with the big deck you won't be sorry.
 
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Lawnworks

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
usa
How are they on hills? I have a good many hills. What about ditches? Does the deck dig in on one side? How many blades does a 60" have?

Thanks for all your posts
Rick
LawnWorks
 

Alan

Member
Go with the 60". I rarely get my 52" walk behind off the trailer now. As for hills, the Exmark Lazer Z will go places where you will run out of testes WAY before the machine will give up. Just be aware that they can run away if you head downhill on too much slope. Back down if you have to go there and when you turn on a cross slope, swing the machine UP the hill, then back down and swing back into your next stripe. Keep the rear wheels on the downhill end of the machine when it gets really steep.
 
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