Gravely 44z enough for a 1 acre lawn?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Steelratt, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Steelratt

    Steelratt LawnSite Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 59

    Well, after looking at a bunch of mowers, I think I have settled on a gravely 44z. It's well built, feels solid, and has 90 weeks same as cash. My ONLY concern is that the 44 inch deck will not be big enough for my 1 acre lot. Getting a bigger deck on a commercial quality mower will cost at least $1000 more than I would be paying for the 44z, and I don't want to go with a residential quality mower.

    Any input?
  2. Elkbow

    Elkbow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    Sure it is enough, it will just take longer to mow than it would with a larger mower.
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    That will be plenty for 1 acre. I run a 44z commercially all day long, can knock out a 1 acre lot in 30 minutes or so. Great machine!
  4. Steelratt

    Steelratt LawnSite Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 59

    Looks to be a great machine. Frankly, I was amazed when I looked at it close up. Nice build quality, no IZTs, Kawasaki motor, solid deck, and they knocked almost $1000 off the price! Plus, the dealership has treated me right ever since I started looking at ZTRs.

    I can swing 30 minutes. The size probably won't hurt me too much, as I have 8 landscape beds on my property, as well as a large bed surrounding the house.

    Out of curiosity, what are the stiping kits like, and do they work well?
  5. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    A 44" deck is plenty enough for an acre. I used to mow 4 acres with my 717 48" deck and it was no problem at all. The 4 acre one was loaded with obstacles and took me about 3 hours to mow. Would have been much faster if not for all the stuff in the yard. I had one wide open 3 acre lot I mowed with it and it took about 1.45 minutes. I think you will be pleased with the 44.
  6. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 554

    I Own A 44z, Its A Good Mower!
  7. spinrider2000

    spinrider2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I cut some bigger yards with my 34z. Just a little longer to get there and if there are tight areas I make up the time. no problem!
  8. Steelratt

    Steelratt LawnSite Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 59

    Alright, I pulled the trigger. $4800, doesn't seem like a bad price at all. I look forward to getting it, even though it won't see much use until next year.

    BTW, when I tested it, it had a lot more power than the 17 horse engine would lead one to believe. And, for some reason, the PTO engagement was a heck of a lot smoother than the Toro, Scag, and Ferris mowers I tried.
  9. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    You wont be dissapointed with that mower. I have the mulching kit w/ blades on mine and it does very well with that. The striping kits are probably rollers that mount to the back of the deck. I am sure they would help lay down some good stripes.
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    The 44" deck will handle an acre with little trouble!

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