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Thinking of getting a 72 inch mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greengiant9963, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. greengiant9963

    greengiant9963 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 762

    Right now the biggest mower I have is a 60 inch exmark. Cuts great but the way the lawns have been growing I have had to double cut alot. Have a few lawns that are over 5 acres plus and was wondering from guys who have run a 60 inch and went to a 72 what difference it made when it came to double cutting. Just curious. Thanks.
  2. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    If you have the properties to keep a new 72 busy, go for it. just be careful, they scalp alot easier than the 60's
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Big diff between a 60 and a 72...we have 3 of each.
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    I went through the same double cutting crap with eXmark.
    Having used other similar sized mowers, I realized the double cutting was the enemy.
    Production divided by 2 basically.

    I went out and bought another brand mower that could get the job done right the first time.
    One pass cuts... problem solved.

    So, the real question is this... is deck size the enemy in your case... or is it the double cutting?
  5. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,844

    Double cutting thick, lush turf is a reality of our biz. Regardless of your brand.Some people have unrealistic expectations.
  6. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    BULL... I don't do it anymore.

    It has to be a code-cut or bushog level to require more than one pass.
    One or two weeks growth... never.
  7. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,785

    I love your mentality on double cuts. I am curious though what do you use to avoid this?
  8. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    The Lesco Ztwo is my weapon of choice for avioding double cuts.

    Before commercial mowers for me.... double cutting meant that it was so tall I had to knock it down to size (4"-5") to avoid stalling the mower and then cut again to achieve the desired cutting height.

    I got into commercial mowers working in conjunction with others on some prototypes. The decks I designed for them worked well and double cutting still meant the same thing. Then I went through the ringer with some problematic ZTR's... and then came the eXmark, which I thought would be my rescue. WRONG!!!!

    I was just TOTALLY overwhelmed with having to at least double cut almost everything in order to achieve a clean cut and even clipping distribution.

    These other guys might be content with the double cutting and except it.
    But me?... I couldn't... just wasn't willing to settle for that.
    I want to get the job done and go home, not ride around spreading clippings and hunting stringers.

    The Command Cut deck on the Lesco gets the job DONE.
    Cut my mowing times more than half instantly.
    I had to find some more work to do...
  9. dlm17

    dlm17 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    envy you need to come to south fla, have had snapper ,three lescos ,scag, two jds and a lazer the 27 on a lazer 52 is the only one that can handle more than a half pass without choking on our summer st augustine grass that is mulching also after listening to all the talk about which one cuts best i think you guys need to look at what you are cutting some weeks down here i think about baling instead of cutting

    REALSLOW LawnSite Senior Member
    from FLORIDA
    Messages: 668

    You should come to north Florida to earn a living cutting grass. I used to mow in Tampa ,Stpete area what a fiasco they used reclaimed water and had to cut 9 1/2 months out of the year every week and the grass was so thick it killed the mowers. Then I moved north to Gainesville what a difference the grass is way easier to cut and the pay is way better.
    Edited : watch your language. jodi

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