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New 36"? Or new 48"? What would you decide?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eZ1, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Burkhart Lawn Care

    Burkhart Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I had a 36" wb and replaced it with a 42 rider for not much more or the same. Much happier with the little z as I call it, but still to small to cut much grass. 42 still fits every walkthrough gate I have come across.
  2. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,676

    get a 36, a 48, and a 52 inch stand-on
    then a 36, 48, 52 inch walkbehind.
    then everyone here will be proud of the fact that they led you in the right direction.
  3. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    Except what's his name that tells people to put a 72" z in a 36" space.
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  4. eZ1

    eZ1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    The yards I cut are smaller yards with not too many gates. The rider I have is a 48" so I think I am going to go with a good and reliable 36" and then maybe get a cheaper 48" or larger. hi_speedreed, can I use a sulky with a belt driven walk behind? I was told that it is too much stress on the mower. Thanks for your opinions everyone.
  5. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    Yes you can. I'm over 200lbs. I had them on 36&48 metros. No problems. The 36's were 10 years old. Original transmissions.
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  6. eZ1

    eZ1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Wow, good to know. Thanks alot Jimslawncareservice.
  7. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    Everyone should have a business plan. And you should have the right size equipment to carry out that plan. I will not take a yard that requires more than 5 min. with a 21''. If a 48'' or bigger won't fit I pass.
  8. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    I would get a 36" for the gates and areas where the 48" will not fit.

    How are you going to pay for these mowers, cash, loan?

    Being you already have a 48", and have to pay off two new mowers with a loan there is no point to take on a second payment at this point buying a 48" when you already have one.

    Being you have only a few property's with gates it would seem to be better to wait till the 36" is paid off then get a 52" - 60" mower.

    You then will increase your productivity.

    You can do the smaller property's with the 36 and 48 mon & tue, larger prop's wed & thur with the 36, 52 - 60.

    Then your 48 which is older will last longer because is will not be used as much.
  9. goodgreen

    goodgreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I used a 36" ExMark Metro for a number of years with a sulky because I had some yards with 36" gates. Now I have a 42" Big Dog z-turn that takes care of most everything, but still keep an ExMark Phazer 36" rider for smaller properties. It's a back up.
  10. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Messages: 549

    You should buy the 36" brand new and not even worry about a 48 wb because you already have 48 ztr. I have a 36 wb and a 60 ztr, I will be adding a 48/52 wb within the next week and possibly a 72 ztr before the season starts as well.


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