Residential yards 1/4-1/2 acre average size. Whats the best mower setup?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Holland, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm thinking of getting a nice 21 inch push mower and a 36 walk behind.
    But, I see a bunch of posts on the 30 inch push mowers.
    I have an older Toro residential 21 I can get away with using for a while if need be.What should be my next purchase? A 30 inch or 36 walk behind? Or both? Or should I bump up to a zero turn 48 or so?
    I appreciate any opinions on my setup.
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  2. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Go 48 z and the 21. Big open areas can be done in seconds and trim with the 21

    IXINRGIXI LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I use a 36" walkbehind for gated areas and the a 52" walkbehind for bigger areas. Leave a rider/ztr for 60"
  4. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
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    If I already had a 21" push mower, I would buy a 48" walk behind. The 48" will mow everything hills and all; the 21 will fit where it won't. A 48" walk behind is as versatile as it gets. I mowed with junk the first few years and I always said if I had it to do over again I'd used a good 48" walk behind.
  5. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Those lawn sizes are a standers sweet spot. You will be extremely efficient with a stander on 1/4-1/2 acre lots. I would go for a 48 if you don't have gates to deal with.
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  6. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    All yards I will do have gates. In my neighborhood our gates have two openings at about total 6 foot opening. I assume all the gate openings are this size in this area. So looks like a 48 will work.
    Now instead of using my old residential 21 Toro I need to either buy that Toro 30 or that Toro 21 with Honda engine. Decisions Decisions.
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  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Gates are the deciding factor if you got them you need a small mower to fit in them. To show the difference here we would use a 52 in some crews and most would opt for a 60 and a few would take a 72 and all would work fine here on lawns that small.
  8. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    I personally have a 21 inch toro commercial proline with the bullet proof suzuki engine and a gravely 36in hydro walk behind for the gated lawns or ones with hills too steep for a ztr and a gravely 52in pro turn 152 for the flatter lawns, not gated (or gates big enough for 52inches) and slightly bigger lawns.
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    I have a 21", a 36" and a 60" mower. I work alone on the size lawns that you mentioned. I had a 50" before I got the 60" and I've never regretted replacing the 50" with the 60".
  10. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    For your size property I would go with 36 walk behind if you to trough gates A ztr 48 will do you no good:waving:

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