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Acres per hour?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Killswitch, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    What would be a safe bet for how many acres per hour you can mow with a 60 inch ztr.

    I know it matters how the property is laid out, but whats a good average? 3 per hour?

    Or is that high.

  2. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    *doomp doomp doomp*

    Is this thing on?

    Dont forget the two drink minimum and tip your waitresses.

  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    eXmark say about 5-7 depending on speed, i have no personal experiance with ztrs so i wouldn't know. Since it looked like you wanted an answer, i did what i could. Straight from the eXmark book. Good Luck!
  4. HK45Mark23

    HK45Mark23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    Dixie Chopper has a calculator just for that. www.dixiechopper.com I put in 60”, 3 mph., and a 20% accuracy and got 11.64 acres a day, then divided by the 8 hours to find 1.455 acres an hour.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Anyone operating one of my Z's at only 3 mph is not gonna last long with me. I say about 3 acres an hour.
  6. HK45Mark23

    HK45Mark23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    I was not arguing with the poster about whether or not it was an appropriate estimation of production ability. I am only presenting the ability to figure this out for him/her self.

    If you feed a person a fish you feed them for a day but if you teach them to fish you feed them for life.

    I know you can cut much faster than 3 mph, heck I walk that fast or faster when I am using a 21” mower.

    You should try the math you self now and use a relative speed of 6-8 mph. this should get you in the ball park.
  7. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    In real world conditions (going around trees, turning around at the end of a stripe, going around a house, being carefull not to blow clippings in beds) 3 acres/hr is about right but even then you better pray for a smooth yard. I have a 3 acre prop that takes about 1hr 15 min to just cut with a 72" ztr (over 100 trees, pool, pool house, 5000sqf house, black top drive, you get the idea). Mowing around objects is a real time killer.
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    anyhow, you can't measure productivity by acres per hour
  9. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    We mow a yard that is realitively free of obstacles and do no trim work or blowing. 2.2 Acres of turf. Gravely PM 260 and we average 45 minutes.

    Mow a large open field/ditch that is 4 acres (once a month) average 2 hours.

    Both are mostly Bahia and that slows us down a bit. The ditch the high growth slows us down but we don't usually leave it with finish cut quality.

    But unless you are actually only mowing and the lot is acreage it really makes no difference. The trim work and your drive time will be the time consumers.
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    hmmmm...why not sir robert?

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