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Riding or Walk Behind for 1/2 - 1.5 acre.

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by noahjwhite, May 25, 2012.

  1. noahjwhite

    noahjwhite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hello All!

    I recently moved and have a much larger lawn. I currently need to mow 1/2 acre but I'm in the process of enlarging it this summer. By the end of the summer it will be approximately 1.25-1.5 acres. 1/2 acre is doable with a walk behind but I'm not ambitious enough to mow 1.5 acres with that method. Should I just get the riding mower now or buy the walk behind and then get the riding mower next year?


    I would also like to mention that the lawn is currently very bumpy and uneven with a couple small hills.
  2. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Its up to you, I mean depending on the property there are 1.5 acre places I have to do with a 48" and there are places I could do with a 72" or bigger. I would get what you want the first time. And depending on the walk behind you could knock it out pretty fast with a 54" or 60" deck and sulky. Unless you want both I dont see the point in getting a WB just to buy a rider next summer. Pick your flavor
  3. noahjwhite

    noahjwhite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for the reply. I wasn't thinking of getting a large walk behind. I was thinking more along the lines of the $300 21" or 22" variety. I guess the point would be I could get by with that for now and perhaps pick up an excellent deal on a riding mower at the end of the season.
  4. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    What is your high end budget? And the next question is, what do you want? As Tri County said, do you want to ride or walk. Benefits with both machines and both serve a purpose. If you have bumpy terrain, most machines offer some kind of suspension along with a suspension seat. Ferris builds machines with independent shocks.

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