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Hovey's Lawn Care

LawnSite Member
I am thinking of trading in my lazer z 60 in and downsizing to a hydro 52" tthp. Most of my properties are small residential and quite a few stay damp. I also use a 36" belt drive for my gate mower. I guess it's just hard for me to part with the rider, but right now it is all overkill, plus I need the excersise lol! I am also thinking I will get a better quality look and cut with a wb as it will be easier to lay nice stripe patterns with in smal areas.
 

PMLAWN

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Mooresville NC
You will know best what will fit on your properties.
I am amazed by the fact that every body rushes out to buy the big Z and than wants to do small residential work. It is clearly a sign that most are in it for the cool factor rather than the quality of the finish product.
I think that the mid sized W/B is the most useful mower and on smaller lots will probably be faster.
 

Metro Lawn

LawnSite Silver Member
We run a pair of 52" TT hydros on one of the residential routes. Great mowers with an awesome cut.
 

AboveTheCut

LawnSite Member
Location
Maryland
This year I bought a 52" Lazer Z. I love it. I have some large properties were it is needed and I have small to medium that I use it on. I use it wherever I can. I have a few hills that are "crazy" steep that I use a 36" wb belt drive on. I just recently purchased a gently used 52" TT HP to replace the old 36" wb. I have found that I can do a better job on the smaller yards with this new TTHP machine. The Turf Tracer can get closer to objects (less trimming) and does less damage (from the weight). It may not be as fast but overall it is more versitile in my opinion. If I would have bought the TTHP first, I probably would not have gotten the Lazer. However, now that I have both, plus a 36" wb for gates, its a perfect world. If I could only have one machine, based on the yards I have, I would pick the 52 TTHP. Good Luck.
 

Sir mowsalot

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Central Pa.
Hovey,
I just downsized myself. I went from 60" dc to a 52" wildcat. I absolutly love it. It is small enough for the smaller residentials, and still can do the bigger properties. I have alot of small resi's too, but make sure that you are willing to do them everyday every week every year with a wb. I know with me, i get burned out too quick with a wb as my primary mower. I did it for awhile and by end of aug. i was burned out and just wanted the season over. At least demo a compact and see what you think.
 
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Hovey's Lawn Care

LawnSite Member
thanks for all the opinions. I didnt get my z to be cool. I had the properties at the time that required one. I now do not. I went today a dealer has a 48" scag tiger cub with 19 kaw and 80 hours. I think it needs some adjustments or the blades sharpened. Im not sure if I'll get it or not trying to make a informed decision. I notice it easier to move around in tighter spots but I have only used it on 2 properties. What do you guys think? I think I'd rather have a 52 lazer hp but they didnt have any.
 
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Hovey's Lawn Care

LawnSite Member
48" tiger cub vs 52" TTHP
 
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Hovey's Lawn Care

LawnSite Member
I didn't care much for the Tiger Cub. I'd really like to get a 52" lazer hp if I get rid of my lazer.
 
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