Toro Decks: 48 vs. 52


LawnSite Bronze Member
I am going to look at these two machines tomorrow and buy one of them. I was wondering if the 48" fixed deck was a big disadvantage. I will only be using this machine to mow a huge hill on just one property every two weeks. It's a new account that requires a walkbehind. The 48" machine is a bit newer, like 3 years old (I'm told) and is going for $1700.

I'm wondering if I'll be sorry I didn't get the floating deck.


LawnSite Platinum Member
Normally I would say get the bigger deck. But I wouldn't buy a mower to just use on one property,every other week, unless its a very high dollar account. Some jobs you just have to say no to.

little green guy

LawnSite Senior Member
I personaly hate floating decks on walkbehinds and don't see a need for them. I don't like the extra wieght in the front, if you know how to use a mower right then you don't need a floating deck, BUT if your only using the machine to cut a big hill then the extra wieght in the front might be to your advantage cause the front won't lift up when you go up. Plus like Stone said the 52" will hold the hill better. Also is either one of the mower hydo? thats a bigg plus. good luck


LawnSite Bronze Member
A floating deck allows you to quick change HOC. Even if you mow all your lawns at the same height all year -- (And nobody I know does that) -- Cross-cutting at 1/4-1/2" higher greatly improves cross-cutting efficiency.

On larger 52-60", the float plus anti-scalp roller help with undulations.


LawnSite Bronze Member
Southern, Maine
Toro walk behinds are nice with the T-Bar stearing less fatiuge on hands and quick stearing, I love floating decks they dont scalp as easy and easy ajustments plus with like Toro floating deck you can also get attachments to go on them. We use a 52" deck 48"might be better if lawn is small.


LawnSite Senior Member
The 52" Toro deck is an does an outstanding job cutting. That along with the ease to change the HOC makes my choice easy.