What size deck?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by ahlab, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. ahlab

    ahlab LawnSite Member
    from OK
    Messages: 18

    I just purchased a 5 acre plot and will be building a home on it in the coming months and I was wondering what size deck I need for this lot. I know bigger is better but can I get by with a 48" Scag Cub? I have a good line on a slightly used one. . .
  2. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,973


    probably take you up to a few hours, which is ok.

    48'' decks are pretty versatile really, especially around tight areas etc.
  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Well... I guess it depends on what your time is worth to you...

    Or which you have more of.... money or time....

    I'll be the first to say that I really like the 48" deck size for a lot of stuff, and it will cut a fair amount of grass in a good time. But 5 acres is a lot of grass. If you have the 'right' conditions (smooth ground, light cutting) it won't take long. But if not you could be talking half a day to do the property.

    If you have a great line on it and the money is where you NEED it to be, then hey... beats doing it with a LOT of mowers. If not, and you don't have too many clearance restrictions, I'd suggest a 60" 66" or 72" mower.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I use the 48" proline Wb with a velke thou once I get up to an acre I can feel the drag, 45 mins./acre at top speed, still, the 48" is highly versatile.

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    If you were really in the business you wouldn't need to ask this question.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    48? Way too small (even with a velkie) unless you like mowing your yard all day Saturday.
  7. brinlee lawn

    brinlee lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    where at in O.K. are you???? maybe we could help you out.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    5 acre in OK, I would believe that to be flat.
    Are you in business and will you be using this to do anything else in business or just the house.
    With 5 acres and a house project upcoming I would look into a tractor and than get the widest mower to sit out back. The tractor will be used a lot more around the property than.
  9. AboveTheCut

    AboveTheCut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    I used to use a 48 wb with a velke on 3.35 acres and I thought it was borderline but then again, I was not sitting down. I now use a 52" Lazer and it seems fine but for 5 acres I would not use less than a 60"
  10. ahlab

    ahlab LawnSite Member
    from OK
    Messages: 18

    Thanks for the insightful comment. . . :dizzy:

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