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Largest mower for 12,000 sq ft yards

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    I mostly handle properties in the 12,000-15,000 sq foot range. Wondering what the biggest mower you guys run on same sized properties. I have some larger commercial accounts also, but more concerned with the smaller stuff. Right now I'm running 52" Standers, but just thinking about the biggest machine I can get with my next purchase?
  2. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 4,393

    Do you have places where your 52" cannot get? I've owned from 54, 60 & 72". I would stick with your 52". In general the bigger the deck the more scalping & etc. I currently run a 54 & 60. My next one will probably be a 48 or 52. To me it is worth it to be able to get into small places and avoid more hand trimming than the time you might save with a wider mower in the open spaces. I don't think a wider deck would save you any time with the size yards you are mowing.
  3. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I'd look into a wam or batwing mower. In and out in one pass. Bamm you're done.
    I use a 61in deck and have no problem on a 1/4 acre lot. It depends on the properties you're cutting. I think you could use a 60 and gain a little bit of time cutting.
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  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    I would say 48 or 52.

    Of course I have a couple folks in very nice houses with these 1/3 acre lots that demand walkbehinds. Might want to think about that, not everyone wants a Z burning ruts in their lawn.
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    The smallest property I do is 7,200 if I remember correct. I use a 42" and never need to touch my 20" pusher because the 42" fits every where.

    My largest property is 18,000 sf. A 60" would fit on all of them except one. And using a 60" will fit in every where so it will not increase the need to use the small mower or line trimmer.

    Thing is gates. A 52" is not going to get through the old small 36" gates.

    I don't need to replace my 42" though when the time comes gate size might keep me from getting a 60". Most new fences are being built with 5' gates. A 60" mower is wider then 60" so it will not fit through the 5' gates.

    So I see myself maybe going up to a 54".

    Then again if my 20" was to need replacing before the 42" I would replace the 20" with a 34" so I can get past the small gates.

    There is no point of having a 48" 54" or a 60" mower to gain productivity when you will lose all that time doing a back yard with a 20".

    Being most gates installed are now 5'. Would it be better to do the front and back with a 54", or the front with a 60" and the back with a 34" because most smaller gates will eventually be phased out?

    Again you have to consider access. How many yards where you mow have 36" gates vs 48" gates vs 60" gates.

  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Also some areas almost every home has a fence, 50/50, almost every home has no fence.

    So what is in your town?

    You know your area.

    Are there a lot of 1+ acre lawns where you live?

    Again you know your area.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I put my 60" Dixie on everything it will go on. I do carry a 21" and a 36" but those are only used where the 60" won't go and it's not much.
  8. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,111

    X2. I have a 66", 60," 36", and 21". I use the 60 everywhere. My 36" and 21" hardly come off the trailer unless it's a walk on walk off terrace, or a small gate. As I pic up new accounts I tend to move away from these properties unless the monies are just too good to turn down. If there is a small space I can't get, it's usually so small that i may be able to hit it with the string trimmer.
  9. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    My 52 fits just about everywhere. Just wondering if the 60 is too much, gonna give it some thought
  10. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    No one else has customers specifically ask for walk behind mowers only?

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