Is there a big difference between a 48 inch or 52 inch deck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jathames, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. jathames

    jathames LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Is there a major difference in mowing with a 48 or a 52 inch deck.. I have always used decks 48 inches and under

  2. skullz

    skullz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    4 in. and it will cut your time down if u mow with the hole deck.
  3. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    But I don't think she would call it big.
  4. KCfireman

    KCfireman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,863

    yea. You could put a 48" deck though a 48" gate. I have a friend who has a 52" stander and he's kicking himself for not going with the 48" because there are gates that are barely to small for the 52 but big enough for a 48
  5. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    If you have a 36" and a 52" you can use the same blades on both mowers. Makes buying in bulk more efficent.
  6. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 839

    There is a difference when you are on large properties. Believe me.
  7. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Yeah, it makes a difference on large areas. I have a 52 Lesco and a 48 Scag, both walkbehinds and both hydros. I can get done faster with the Lesco but it's a monster and I can't take my hands off the controls much to smoke! It's got so much power and the thing is scary fast. If I decide I want to smoke, I'll pull back on the sticks to not much faster than a stroll.
    But, I do so love my Scag! If I have the time, I'll use it instead simply because it's friendlier. I'm talking about really large areas of course. Walkbehinds are all that I use by choice. Too many Chiropractor visits! Tony
  8. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    What others have said, plus depending on the style and brand 52" will probably have more of a trim edge. Smaller yards and gates 48", more open areas go 52".
  9. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,405

    not that big of a difference, i would definitely go with a 48"'s basically the universal size, plus getting into 48" gates...the 52" doesn't make much sense to me, even though i have one...i'm going with a 48" next time
  10. Chris G

    Chris G LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    I have a 48" and I have never had a problem however if you wanted to do the math im sure you could figure out how much time you would save on a big property with the 52"

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