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What size deck?

ahlab

LawnSite Member
Location
OK
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. . .
 

Envy Lawn Service

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
North Carolina
ahlab said:
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. . .
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.
 

topsites

LawnSite Fanatic
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
Location
New Jersey
ahlab said:
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. . .
If you were really in the business you wouldn't need to ask this question.
 

rodfather

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Clinton, NJ
48? Way too small (even with a velkie) unless you like mowing your yard all day Saturday.
 

PMLAWN

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Mooresville NC
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.
 

AboveTheCut

LawnSite Member
Location
Maryland
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"
 
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