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How long to Mow 51 acres

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Zetsch, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,728

    Some brands also say they can mow up to 8 acres per hour. I agree with Duekster, be realistic about what a machines capabilities are. Our 72's will average around 4.5 Acres per hour, we mow quite a few sports fields, but we mow properties that are less than desireable for mowing which drags the average down. If we were mowing lawns that were like hot top I'm sure we could mow 8 acres per hour, unfortunately I haven't found any like that.
     
  2. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,808

    That's the problem they listened to the John Deere salesmen! I did it both ways and I was faster with the toro wams I run. Cost less in fuel, oil, etc but I have purchased used and if things break or go out on a wam the invest is more than on a regular z.
     
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,728

    What is the total swath you can cut? I looked into a used one about a year ago, but at 28k I could buy 2 Z's.
     
  4. howierd3866

    howierd3866 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    I agree we have both 15ft batwing mowers and 72 inch zturn. On the every week or every 2 weeks mowing the zturn is faster than our 110 hp with batwings.On one job its 50 acres 2 72 inch zturn can mow it by 11am with no trimming and normal amount of trees..
     
  5. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,808

    10.5 foot max. Mowing width. I guess i also consider that i can send crew out with wams and mow open lots,other larger properties where i can utilize wams vs pulling any of the 6 z' s away from other productive work. Like i said earlier wams are more maintaincce though.
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  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    You are looking at around 10-12 hrs strait mowing with 2 60'' so total man hrs be like 20hrs
    Thats if like stuff I mow I have one job is 60acres one week and same job he next week like 100 acres
    I run 3 72'' and 2 60'' mowers But there days like last week mowed with 72'' and 60''from 9am to8pm and had mow the next day half dayto finsh it I was mowing 60acrs

    I have a batwing been setting since 05 people wants stripes and batwing doesnt stripe
     
  7. BROWNS LAWN CARE

    BROWNS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
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