Most of everyone here is mowing residential lotsVery few situations? HAHAHAHAHA!!!
Like I said, you gotta think outside of what you know.
There isn't a lawn around here for a few miles that you could use a ZTR on without also needing a small mower too.
Most people mowing residential lots are mowing with something bigger than necessary by far.
Omg! It’s so much faster.
No not really.
i have mowed and collected data all over the country 10 states personally and 11 more from associates.
there was a time when almost every commercial mower (more than a push mower) was 40-48” in the residential scene.
commercial cutters and residential SS also used to be as different as plumbers and carpenters; that is to say one didn’t do the other kind of work.
the blur came when the ztr became more common and the larger deck was on a more manuverable tractor.
however the more maneuvering and overlapping a 60” has to do the less productive it is.
most 36” walk behind velke riders can finish the mixed route in about the same time as a 60” ztr supported by a 21”
Depending on the area this is also true about a 48” walk with sulky.
one to three properties that are larger seem to cement in someone’s mind about how much “faster” the ztr is than anything other mower, but they overlook they had to use the 21 here or there, the extra trimming, the blowing than wouldn’t have been needed etc.
Are you mowing one lawn for profit?
Or the whole route?
lots of people have way bigger equipment than is good for their margin because of the one or two bigger properties they’re convinced they have to have the big machine for, then they falsely justify that it’s faster on all lawns… it’s not
I ran a 36” swz on everything for several years, it’s not as slow mowing big properties as one might think when you have a velke
In fact I often didn’t have to double cut because my deck fit in the dips and rolls where the bigger deck I would have fake certain areas at a different angle.
do you spend a little more time mowing
But it’s not hours
Do you save in trim?
Save on economy of motion?
Overlapping what you already cut just to get the battleship to fit?
Big deck ZTRs are faster on paper but the actual properties most residential lco service aren’t shaped like a piece of paper