What to use to cut 20 plus acres of flat lawn ? Need a pull behind mower suggestion

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MJB, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    Have any of you used a zero turn mower, and pulled an offset mower behind you. This is a lawn that just needs knocked down weekly, quality can suffer for speed ? If I had a wing mower I would knock this out quickly, but for a 1 yr contract on about 25 acres I can't justify that purchase. What are my options I have an extra 61 inch mower sitting but that seems to small.. I need 10ft per pass or more.
  2. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    Try NorthernTool.com. I've seen some sold there. No idea on quality though.
  3. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    The one in Northern tool is made by Swisher. I think they are the same company that makes the ZTR at Sears.
  4. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    You can get a good 7 gang reel mower for about 3-4k. If you're doing it weekly, it would be a good choice. That would get your cutting width up there. Plus, if you run into some tight areas just disconnect and do it with the Z.
    I know of someone doing just this, I didn't think it up!
  5. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
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  6. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Pulling a mower behind a Z is not a good idea, besides a pull behind like you're thinking will not keep up with it.

    Why did you bid the contract if you don't have the equipment or aren't willing to purchase it?

    Two Z's running will only take 5 hours........
  7. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,181

    You may want to do a search regarding towing with a ZTR. There appears to be some strong opinions that it's potentially harmful for the hydraulics. I don't necessarily share that opinion, but others are dead set against it, and it also seems that the ZTR manufacturers aren't all favorable impressed with the idea.
  8. Meg-Mo

    Meg-Mo Inactive
    Messages: 1,020

    Check arcease you can put one each side of your mower and cut 15' plus at a time. The arcease is one of the better built mowers.
  9. Post Mowing

    Post Mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I have a swisher pull behind. You have to slow down but keep the blades sharp and it will do a good job. i think two z's are faster but if your a one man wreaking crew it will work good.
  10. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    Thanks, I was looking into this. I have extra mowers I have a 61" Grasshopper and a 52" ? Walker just sitting. But was looking into my options.
    Is it more efficient to get a trail mower and only hire 1 person or to pay an extra person for the other mower. Then you have to count on 2 people to show up. How is the cut with the Swisher and can you pull it 5 mph cutting 3 inches of grass each week ?

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