If You Could Have Only One Club In The Bag?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bob E G, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. Bob E G

    Bob E G LawnSite Member
    from 53717
    Messages: 128

    I plan on mowing residential lawns ranging in size from 5k to 25k in size. Planning to run ONE mower, probably a Wright Stander and I want to make an informed decision on the best SIZE.

    If you could have only ONE MOWER would you get a:
    36" or 48"?

    Will the 48" be significantly faster?
    Will there be many times when I can't get the 48 into places(other than small gates)?
    Better overhang for trimming with the 48" (less line trimming?)
    Less scalping with a 36"?

    Any other input would be a big help!

  2. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,405

    48" is a good size. I don't run anything small however my smaller yards start in the 25k's. The 32 in my sig does not really get used.

  4. Mr Priceless

    Mr Priceless LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    how often do you run into obstacles that force you into tight turns and close calls?

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I think gate sizes vary from area to area. Around here a lot of fence gates are 42" wide so if you had to run just one mower it would have to be a 36" Most gates run just barely more than 3 feet to 42"
  6. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 591

    if you are doing a lot of fenced in yards then you may want a 36".

    Otherwise go with a 52" You may think the 4" difference doesn't matter but most manufactures use better everything on the bigger deck including frame, hydros, engine etc.

    I highly recommend an ExMark with ECS. I have never used a stander so i cant compare.
  7. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,336

    Around here most gates seem to be 4 foot. I run a 44 inch mower, that way it easily fits into the 48 inch gates. Have like 1 lawn with a 36" gate that I use a 21" mower on.

    To answer your question though, I would run the 48 since you have some pretty good sized lawns. I would have another small mower for gated areas though.
  8. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    I mow alot of properties in that range. This season the 48 got a couple of hundred hours on it and the 36 over a thousand. The first mower would be the 36.
  9. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    If I only had one mower then it would have to be a Toro 32wb...I have alot of yards with tiny gates and Im not gonna pay to replace them....I currently run a Toro 36 wb and carry a Toro 21 Proline to get in the little gates.
  10. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Between 36" and 48".... no question I would get the 48"

    Unless you have a lot of small gates to squeeze through, the 48" size is THE TICKET for a do-everything machine.

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