who uses a 72" deck to mow?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DUSTYCEDAR, Jan 8, 2005.


    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    looking to buy a new mower with a 72" deck and would like some info.
    who is mowing with them and how well do they cut?
    any problems u have had?
    what hp is the mower u r running them on?
  2. wildbilly1113

    wildbilly1113 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    I use a exmark 27 kaw lc on every yard and it is a little under poered on tall grass. Also have lazer 27 kaw lc which is just about the right match with 60. in. deck.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    thanks thats what i was looking 4 i thught the 27 kaw would be underpowered on the 72
  4. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    I use a ferris is4000 31hp 3 cylinder lc 72". It works great, however, 72" is alot of grass to throw out the side of the deck and in really tall/wet grass it clumps some. All in all it saves me lots of time compared to a 61" deck. As the saying goes - if a little is good then more is better.
  5. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

    I've got 6 72" mowers and wouldn't go back to anything smaller. I've got 4 50hp Dixies and 2 72" Steiners. The Dixies are more maneuverable, but the Steiner has a slightly better cut............Lynn
  6. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I have a 72" Scag W/B. The only drawback is a fixed deck cause you can scalp the turf real easy if you don't watch what you're doing. It has a 17HP Kawasaki and you have to spool the engine up pretty good before engaging the PTO or it will stall. Once everything is spinning at WOT theres no problem pulling me on a Velky and the thing will knock down some grass muy pronto!
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Its a 72" Gravely 31hp turbo-diesel for me. Great cut. Lots of power. I was thinking of getting the Exmark 27hp , 72"er, but I had a few emails from LS users, telling me that it was under powered.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have 3 Toro Groundsmasters 325D's. They're 4 wheel drive diesels with power steering and brakes. Not cheap either btw.
  9. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    72" mower with a 17hp motor???????!!!!!! I've never heard of such a thing. Did you put that on there yourself?

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    thanks 4 the help

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