is 72" too big?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by snakasnee, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. snakasnee

    snakasnee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    im looking at a used 72" exmark lazer z. my other mower would probably be a 36" viking w/b. im starting out mostly residential in nashville where there are pretty decent size yards. is the 72" gonna be too big for a rider. if so what size is best/ most common.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Jeez,a 72 is huge here there is 1 lco here that will run a z that size we stay with 52 inch or less we can us this size on all our accounts.
  3. Kubota130

    Kubota130 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    The big problem with such a large deck on a mower is scalping on the little hills. Sometimes we find that even with the 48" deck it will dig into the clients lawn. Before you purchase a mower with a 72" deck look at you lawns and if it would be feasible to run such a large piece of equipment on it!

  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Exactly. When I worked for the school system they sent out a large deck mower like that for us to try and it was great in large open areas where it was perfectly flat. We had large open areas, unfortunately little of it was flat enough to make the wide deck a good choice. We had been running a 60 inch Deere and stuck with that.
  5. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    YES, it's too big. 72" mowers are good for one thing and that is large open flat areas. Get a 52" or a 60"
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Im with the rest, maybe a 48''-60''
  7. Scag413

    Scag413 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,287

    I would stay with a 48" or 52". They are so compact and will mow your smaller yards, but when you need to hammer down on big properties they do that too. My 48" Scag Tiger Cub is awesome!
  8. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I run a 72" just about any place a 60" will go. As far as hills go, just lock the front end in and you will have no ploblems sculping. Just have to know what your doing.:waving:
  9. snakasnee

    snakasnee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    you guys rock!!! i cant even calculate how much money you have already saved me... not to mention the headaches. thanks....
  10. lpwhandyman

    lpwhandyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Lock the front end in? Can you explain?

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