60" or 72" Deck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Torquer, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. Torquer

    Torquer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I'm curious to learn what opinions there might be out there regarding these two deck sizes. I have around 4.5 acres of mostly flat land with only one slightly steep slope. Of course I have a few trees along with flower beds. I realize that manuverability is important around the landscaping but are there any other drawbacks to a 72" deck when compared to a 60" deck? Thanks!:usflag:
  2. Eric D

    Eric D LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Drawbacks 72 inch compared to 60 inch:
    1. Requires more power
    2. Larger blades to sharpen and balance
    3. Normally will cost more to purchase and operate

    Benefits 72 inch compared to 60 inch:
    1. Cover more area in the same amount of time
    2. Looks more impressive

    Sorry, all I got.:confused:

    Eric D
  3. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Don't forget the 72 will scalp alot eisier than the 60, & the 72 cannot get into as many places as the 60.
  4. timmac

    timmac LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    the 60 will mow almost as fast as a 72 on 4.5 acres.
  5. Audrey

    Audrey LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 570

    The 72 will also span slight hills and dips and not cut the grass in between.

    Heck, I went from a 52 to a 61 and see a big difference. I scalp where I didn't used to, I can't crest some hills I used to, and the places that aren't very flat and level, I span more.

    The 60" will be more versatile if you ever have plans to cut somewhere else.

  6. EMTDUCK1984

    EMTDUCK1984 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    Depending On What Model You Get In Each Some Models You Can Get A 60 With A Larger Frame And It Will Cut Just As Fast As A 72

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