GPH on your Z-Turns

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by naturescaretaker, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. ef200098

    ef200098 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    23 Kohler command on a 48 cub cadet right at 1gph.

  2. Jbh0724

    Jbh0724 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    23 hp walker GHS-1 gph
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  3. bud4410

    bud4410 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    john deere 997 72" with mulching kit. 14hrs mowing. 11gal.......bud
  4. sgbotsford

    sgbotsford LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    What is a sand blade?


    I don't understand the concern about GPH. $15000 for a mower. Lifespan 3000 hours. You're paying $5/hour just for the mower. Probably another 2-3 for maintenance. Presumably you pay more than minimum wage to the guy running the mower. Now you are at $15-20. You have Umpteen thousand tied up in the truck and trailer to take the mower to and from the job, and the operator has to be paid for that time too. Indeed, I bet that for someone with residential contracts, he uses far more fuel in the truck than he does in the mower.

    By contrast the difference of 1 GPH in running the mower amounts to 3-4 bucks an hour. And most of the numbers here are less than 1 GPH difference. (Hence the question about sand blades.)

    A larger factor: Can you run a full shift (or at least a full period between breaks on a fillup. I'm nervous fueling a hot mower from a jerry can, so I let it cool down for 5 minutes first. If this happens in shift, it will likely be 10 minutes, plus time to run the unit back to the truck, and back to where he was mowing. THAT number is easily far larger than the number saved by .3 GPH.

    (My Deutz tractor will run about 16 hours of ploughing or running a 6 foot bush mower. If it's full at the beginning of the day, I NEVER have to refill during the day.)
  5. Johnagain

    Johnagain LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. finneylawns

    finneylawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    John Deere 910a 48" with mulch kit, 20.5 hp Kawasaki = 1.43 G/hr.

    Total of 85 hours on the machine.
  7. CraigPLC

    CraigPLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    I have a 24-HP Kawasaki on a Bad Boy Outlaw Stand On and I burn about 1-gallon an hour.
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  8. thecuttingedgelawn

    thecuttingedgelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I have a 2007 Ferris IS2000Z with a 27 kohler and 52" deck. As far I know I'm in the 1.3-1.4 range. I also have a 2007 Exmark Turf Tracer HP 19 kaw with a 48" deck and it uses less than a gallon an hr or right at it....seems like I don't have to fill it as often as one would think...not very big deck though.
  9. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I get 1.1 Gph on my 52" Lazer Z with the 23 Kohler
  10. dieseltech

    dieseltech LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    Kubota zd326... .8-.9 gph
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