60 inch ZTR for 1/2 acre lawns?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lambierto, May 2, 2007.

  1. Lambierto

    Lambierto LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I am a home builder with 5-10 spec homes on the market at one time.Each lawn is around 1/2 acre. I have decided to purchase my own mower because I love mowing and have been currently using a 21 inch walk behind.

    I have recieved many opinions from salesman and lawn specialist. I want a riding ZTR and they all seem to think that I should purchase a 60 inch 757 Deere or a Lazer Z 60 inch with the new Triton Deck.

    I want a great machine that will create awesome lines but yet do the job fast and make it beautiful so my homes can sell. Is the 60 inch too big because my other option is going down to the 727 Deere for the Lazer HP.

    What do you think?
  2. Tom c.

    Tom c. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    You could probably be better off with a hustler Fastrack in the 50in area. Its aimed in the high eand residential market. Go on the Hustler forum on this sifgt and ask questions the Hustler moderater will help you out.You dont need to spend 7k to cut 5 lawns!!
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    I have the eXmark 52" it has a Kolher 23 Hp engine, I cut several large proptres one has about 5 to 6 acers, This mower will cut it in about 1.5 hrs.
    it's a Monthly account.....so it's useally tall

    I think your going too big, .5 acer, you would just turn around a couple of times then call it done,,,,,

    you also would NOT have the room to do striping

    these being homeowners you may run into gate issues......
    that is JUST intirely to much machine for that small of yard....
  4. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 344

    You could do it with that but it's major overkill. Something in the 48-52" range and in a smaller frame would be better IMO. The thing is with the big full size machines is weight and size. You'll also find it tough to control the discharge from that size deck in tight areas unless you go with a mulch plate or collection system.

  5. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    if you ever have to deal with tight gates and or tight areas you might just be best off with an even smaller Z like a phaser or something in the 36inch nieghborhood.

    I use 48 z masters and we cut anywhere from 1/2 acres to 5 acres. Sure it takes a tad longer than some of the 60" guys but it was 2k cheaper and it also fits in tighter areas. I can get thru a 50" gate with the chute up.

    Chances are with your smaller lawns you wont see that much of a time difference with the 60" unit. You will spend more time manuvering it vs cutting nice clean lines.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,378

    Don't mess around go for the gold.....get a Walker.
  7. unit40

    unit40 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Why walk when you can ride. No footprints either. I'll use a 72" front mount on everything. If I can't do it, only a trimmer can get what I missed. Nice wide stripes and it gets done real fast, real neat. Don't be afraid of a big deck, it makes the smaller machines look like toys.
  8. AllProLC

    AllProLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Deere 737 is also a good model. Check it out at Reynolds in Fishers if you haven't already.
  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    OVERKILL for his smaller yards. My front yard alone is half an acre and takes 15-20 min on a 48. just over an acre manicured lawn at our own house lots of obstructions and we can be done in 35 min tops... 40 min if we do nice straight lines.
  10. Frosty03

    Frosty03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    To re-up a couple of points:

    1. Why walk when you can ride. :)
    2. Why stand, when you can sit. :)
    3. Why get the largest, when a smaller mower would be more versatile.

    I would not go over a 52" on .5 acre properties. A 46" or a 50" Exmark Lazer HP will do the job very very well and then work for smaller properties as well.

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