W/B or Z for 1+ acre?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by luckydooley, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. luckydooley

    luckydooley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 329

    Ok, so I have been targeting <1/4 acre lots and been pricing on the high side when anything larger calls in an attempt to not get the job. Despite this I have picked up 2 accounts that are 2 acres and 1 account of 1 acre. I think I am going to need somthing a little bigger than my quick 32 to be effecient.

    Should I be looking at larger walk-behinds or a Z. I dont want to finance anything and my budget is about $3000 max. Largest I can go on my trailer is gonna be about 48". Local LCO told me to save money and pick up a residential toro Z. That is what he is using, and says he has had good luck with it. Any advice? Not much used on craigslist near me but here are a couple. Thanks



  2. 4Leaf

    4Leaf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    How about a Quick 44 with stepsaver?
  3. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    Dooley....Im a Tulsa guy too...I have a 48" Deere Quik Trak. It has all the benefits of a ZTR but still is small and manueverable like a walk behind.

    It is small enough to put on the little yards without customers feeling like its too big for their yard. It is a big enough mower to mow an acre pretty quickly.

    If would go with a small Z or stander type mower. Wright, Deere, Great Dane...
  4. luckydooley

    luckydooley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 329

    Ya a stander may be just what I need. Didnt consider one before. What kinda prcie would I be lookin at for a 48" Deere like yours?
  5. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    yeah. a quick 44 w/ SS might be good.
  6. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    1+ acre's can be cut with a Walk-behind, the answer is really how fast do you want to get done ? I'd reccomend a ZTR For 1+ acres. Much faster and more productive on that size.
  7. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    I would say if your pricign is accurate you arent goignt o want to just go up 12" or so. you are gonna want and get a wider mower like 52 or 61 at least to make it worth your while.

    2 acres of turf will take a long time on a 36" or even 44".

    You maybe shouldnt have bid on those properties before you had the equipment to effectively handle them.
  8. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    you could buy a z and just market to get some more larger accounts.
  9. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    I just thought of something

    Dont worry about getting a zturn over a walkbehind, worry more about the size you need and how it will fit your trailer etc. If all you have is $3000 you might be hurting because you might need a new trailer and a larger mower. If you just cant figure out a way to get more money then focus on the widest mower you can get on your trailer. Will you be able to put a 48" and your 36" on the same trailer or can only one machine go with you?
  10. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Either a larger walk-behind or a stander. The Z's will get too expensive unless you got a mini.

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