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60 inch deck VS 54 inch deck vs 48 inch deck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dplawn, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. dplawn

    dplawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    How much time is really saved from stepping up from 48 inch to 60.
    If some of you guys that have done this I would appreciate your input.

    Thanks :waving:
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    fisrt, I'm sure there havebeen countelss threads about this...so a search woudl be good tool.

    but onthe scag site, a 48" rider gets 18 acres per day, 52" 20 acres 61" 23 acres

    but a large mower is not always the best. take a look at your job mix, a 61 might not get all the tight areas the 48 can get to, so you end up with more trim work... if you have any kind of uneve terrain the large deck tend to scalp more as well...

    I I went from a 36 wb to a 48" walker to a 52" exmark lazer and a 61 lazer. the 52 was by far the most versatile mower. it was a good middle ground. but the 61 was great on the wide open flat areas...
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    However, overall, you end up with ALOT more trim work with a 48 than you do with any larger sizes because of the trim edge. On ANY 48" ztr, it doesn't allow you to get up close to any objects because there is no overhang. If you test one, you will see exactly what I mean. The side of the tractor and the rear wheel interferes with the ability to trim even remotely close to things.
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    yes but the 48 can get into a lot of smaller spots that large 61 could not get...

    lets look at the side of house. with the 48 your are still a few inches away. same thing with the 61 you still have trim the area. so it 1-2" wider. not a big deal.

    if you're trimming around trees with the 48 maybe you get 6" verses 3" with the 61. Yous till have to walk around each and every tree with a trimmer.

    I'm looking at the areas were the 61 cant get tighter areas, areas that are more prevalent on smaller resi lots.

    I feel the 50"ers are a more versatile...but each has it place...:)
  5. bonefisher101

    bonefisher101 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    All depends what power you have on them! Back about 18 years ago I had a 36" wb 14 hp Kaw, 52" 19 hp briggs and a 61" 22 hp Kolher! If I did a yard that took me 45 minutes with the 36" same yard 30 minutes with the 52" and only 15 minutes with the 61"! The 61" was 2 mph faster than the 52"! If you have alot of open ground, sure you'll save all kinds of time! Go for a 72" cut with a big block.... if you can fit it on the trailer!
  6. RonAyersMotorsports

    RonAyersMotorsports LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    Deck preference depends total on the users needs. A 60" deck doesn't save anytime if you can only use it on half the properties one mows, when a 48" can be used on all. If you only have one machine and don't know what size properties you would be mowing stick with a 48" or 54" you can almost always use on most properties. If you already have one mower that is a 48, 54" or smaller than the next investment if able to use should be a 60" or larger. Again it depends totally on that users needs.

    So saying one is more productive than another isn't a true statement for everyone.
  7. dplawn

    dplawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Here is the deal. I have a 36 walk behind and a 48 Zero turn. I use the 48 on all my properties. I do have some large open properties. But i do a lot of residentals.
    Going down the list though just about every yard that I have that I use the 48 on I can use a 60. With the exception of about 4.out of 82.I am getting a 16 foot trailer next week it will be ready. Then I am going to look at purchacing a 60 to go with the 48 and I also will have the 36 walk behind.
    I was under the impression that the 60 would save me a lot of time over the 48 but not sure. I have a helper part time and figured If I could run the 48 and the 60 on some of the properties that would speed me up substantially!
    I know still haft to weedeat but Have got 2 weed eaters and If both mowing and weedeating should be faster. I was just getting some opinions on how going from 48 to 60 would help.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I wouldn't even consider a Ztr with a deck under 5 feet wide, that's what Wb's are for.
  9. dplawn

    dplawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

  10. RonAyersMotorsports

    RonAyersMotorsports LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    Since you already have a 36" WB and from you say about the properties your cutting then yes a 60" could save you alot of time. Just be sure to invest in a big HP engine nothing smaller than a 28hp. Then you don't have to worry about double cutting and time could be saved.

    PS STIHL BR 600 not Styl.:waving:

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