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Quality of cut

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, May 30, 2002.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Which cuts better on average...a ztr or a walkbehind?
  2. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    If you control your speed you cant tell a difference,at least thats been my experience.
  3. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    Either will have a good cut as long as you keep blades sharp, blade drive belts tight, and don't overcut the capabilities of the mower. The advantage a Z has over a WB is in operator fatigue and in some cases, maneuverability.
  4. Pelican

    Pelican LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    I've found it's not so much the type of mower but the size of the deck that determines quality of cut. It's been my observation that smaller decks provide better cuts since they conform to irregularities in the turf better than larger decks. You have to weigh efficiency against quality of cut to determine which to use.
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    My 60" Dixie, and My 60" Lazer cut way....WAY.......W A Y . Better than my 48" SCAG WB or my 21" Lawnboy. And at greater speeds to boot! Don't know why, but I cant cut faster than 3rd gear (most of the time 2nd) on the SCAG, yet my ZTR's have always cut real nice even at some insane speeds!
  6. johnhenry

    johnhenry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    It all depends on the type of grass and terrain different mowers for different grasses. All mowers if taken care of and blades sharpen very often will give a quality of cut. Also brands different mower brands also play into favor here. Guess after all I said there is no real true one answer for this all depends on the yard you are mowing at the time
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Hello Dmk

    The walk Behined Is Lighter. But the Rider Is Faster. I Have Ultracut Deck's On Both I Think The Walk behined Is a better finish.
    Johnny G.:cool: :cool:
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    im sure its a given ,but i think cut quality has as much to do with your knowledge of the machine as anything else.
    i can usually get one to do everything better after i get to know the machine.
    sometimes that takes a while. im still learning about the lazer.

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