Are manufacture specs exagerated?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by instyle, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    Soon I will be out and about giving estimates for commercial clients. But the problem lies in...I am not sure how long it will take to do the job.
    I have 2 - John Deere Quik Tracs, both 48 inches. JD says they are in the area of 6 acres per hour.

    Is this realistic? or is that perfect world stats?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    perfect world IMO
  3. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    Are you sure you gave the right number of 6 acres per hour? I did the math and there's no way that's possible. The Quik-Traks only go 8.5 mph. To accomplish 6 acres per hour with a 48" deck they would have to go over 12 at 100% efficiency, meaning no turns and not overlapping at all on the previous cut.

    If you were to travel full ground speed, you would only be able to cut 3.4 acres per hour at 80% efficiency, which is still high.
  4. rodneyskip

    rodneyskip LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 196


    I am looking at getting a JD quiktrak- how do you like yours? Would you buy them again? Why the 48" and not the 54" with the bigger motor?
  5. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I think they all do, except Exmark, they only rate their equipment at 80% which is a more realistic pace.
  6. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    I don't have them yet, they are coming in next week.

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