What size deck ?

Mowman

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Northwest Ohio
Here's the story. I'm using a 21" Toro Commerical mower and my business has picked up since last season and this mower is just not getting the job done fast enough anymore. Most of my lawns are between 10,000 & 15,000 sq. ft. Biggest one is 28,000 sq. ft. So what deck size would you suggest for the lawns in question? Also would you buy a gear or hydro. I plan to use this machine for one or two seasons, then maybe move into rider. Budget is about $3000.00. Thanks in advance for your advice. Mowman
 

Lazer

LawnSite Bronze Member
Most belt drives cost less than 3000.00<p>Since I charge by the job and not by the hour, I would go with the biggest deck possible.
 

Scraper

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
SE Pennsylvania
I agree with Lazer in that you should get the biggest deck possible. Gated back yards will be your only issue if you go larger than 36&quot;, but since you've been doing them with a 21&quot; depending on how many gated yards you have, no big deal. I prefer the hydro drive as opposed to the belt. Costs a bit more for the hydro, but with the hydro you don't have to deal with belt slippage on hills and when wet.
 

MOW ED

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
N.E. Wisconsin
I use a 42&quot; on my Walker which gets me into some large backyards that are gated. I also use a 44&quot; Toro hydro. If you can come up with a little more cash go with the hydro. Time is money.<br>BTW - my Toro dealer called me a month ago with closeout prices on the Toro above with a pull start for 2800. Probably all gone by now but if you look hard you might find something. <br>Before you buy - contact numerous dealers and ask if you can try the mower for a day. You are putting out good money and most dealers have demo units to use. Sometimes they even sell them. Good Luck.
 

TGCummings

LawnSite Senior Member
My brand-new 36&quot; Exmark Hydro is slated to be in today. I'll let ya know what I think at that point. :)<p>I chose the 36&quot; deck because I take care of a *lot* of backyards with smaller/average gate openings. They say Great Dane has a 48&quot; deck that will fit through 36&quot; space, but I haven't seen it yet. Might be worth looking into if you want maximum time while fitting through minimum spaces.<p>Good luck!<p>-TGC
 

Richard Martin

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Greenville, NC
If you intend to stay in the 10-15k yard size the 36&quot; should do you just fine. If you intend to do any cosmetic yard stripeing the 36 will make better looking yards than a wide cut anyway. Plus as you stated, you will be buying a ZTR in a couple of years.
 

AGG Lawn Maintenance

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Elberon
I would go with the 48&quot; mower. A 36&quot; mower is good for gated areas. A 52&quot; mower is good also but if you plan to get a rider anyway save the money and get a 48&quot; belt drive. Runs about $2700 $2900 after taxes in my area NJ. What size rider do you plan to get and what brand?<br>Good luck hope that helps!!!<br>Travis AG&G Lawn Maintenance :)<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: AGG Lawn Maintenance
 
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