scag cheetah claims you can mow up to 16 mph. can you really mow that fast.:drinkup:
Well said!Top speed means nothing, all ztrs go plenty fast. Manufacturers need to spend their time coming up with new ideas and less time on being the fastest lawnmower. We can only mow so fast, conditions don't allow any faster.
Ha that just gave me an idea. Mower decks for trucks...lol I bet i could fit a 20' deck under my truck and but a 80hp Cat diesel in the bed to power it. My speedometer goes up to 110mph? I'd have them all beat. Now wouldn't that kick butt.Well said!
To put my point earlier into perspective-
I can hang onto the handle of my push mower while driving my truck across the lawn at 40 MPH. It doen't mean much other than I just mowed faster than the next guy/brand. (until he does the same thing at 50 MPH LOL)
ROTF LMAO :laugh::laugh::laugh:Ha that just gave me an idea. Mower decks for trucks...lol I bet i could fit a 20' deck under my truck and but a 80hp Cat diesel in the bed to power it. My speedometer goes up to 110mph? I'd have them all beat. Now wouldn't that kick butt.
Well said...90% of the members of this site care more about bragging rights than they do logic or money. Ex. Dodge Ram p/u pulling Bad Boy mowers.Things manufacturers know and base their designs on.
-We use pickup trucks.
-Pickup trucks with more power and performance sell better and are seen as superior.
-Bragging rights on power, capacity, etc are important to us.
-"tough" is good. The thicker the steel the better.
-The bigger the better applies to trucks. It's more macho.
Therefore, they port over this same logic to mowers, knowing that we already have this mentality.
Bigger is better. More power is better. Faster is better. Heavier is better.
So, you wind up with the designs you see out there with:
-15mph top speeds,
-1300 lb curb weights,
- A ratio of too much money spent on designing styling elements to look flashy and badass relative to that spent designing and testing the mower deck to make sure it actually cuts well in all areas and conditions.
-an aversion to weight savings, as that is seen as being less durable, even when it doesn't have to be. The customer thinks 1200 lbs is built better than 900 lbs. So you wind up with over-engineered sections of the mowers and little attempt to reduce waste.
-and last but not least, spoilers on the rear of some of them!
You also see more 60" decks and larger pushed on customers by marketing because "hey, look at this productivity chart! It's gonna make you 25% more money than that puny 48" will!" Meanwhile you wind up using your 36" wb on smaller lots because the customer hates the damage the heavy machine does. They make more profit on a $12,000 huge machine than a $8,000 smaller basic one, too. So their incentive is definitely to upsell.
Unless it's mowing sparse turf that barely needed mowing anyway, or just chopping down a wide open junky empty lot where nobody cares about quality, I rarely mow at anything close to top speed. Leaving stringers behind just isn't an option. And my ZTR's barely hit 10mph.
The tradeoff of more jumpiness and less control in delicate turns doesn't seem even remotely worth it to me. Plus you're paying more for all the extra steel, pump capacity, etc that you may not even be using.
you might be on to something ha haaaHa that just gave me an idea. Mower decks for trucks...lol I bet i could fit a 20' deck under my truck and but a 80hp Cat diesel in the bed to power it. My speedometer goes up to 110mph? I'd have them all beat. Now wouldn't that kick butt.
I drive a Turf Tiger and they are pretty fast. The other day I was driving dow a sidewalk and thought dam this is just tooooo fast. If something happens on one of the hydros...I would say that those speeds are best suited, in driving from one mowing area to another.
The only place I could mow that fast,, is the asphalt parking lot, that has grass clippings on it! :laugh: Shoot my mower is 7MPH and I Never mow at full speed!