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Zero turn mower vs batwing vs ???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by HavnFun, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,148

    I'm the one that ran the numbers an showed where I could cut as much grass with one 72" Super Z as with the Hustler 104.

    The Super Z is a 15 mph mower, whereas the 104 is a 11 mph mower. We are going to take 1 mph away from each to use in the example.

    A Super Z cutting 6' (72") at a speed of 14 mph with 75% efficiency (turning) will cut 14 x 5280 x 6' ÷ 43560 x 75% = 7.63 ac cut per hr.

    A Hustler 104 cutting 8.67' (104") at a speed of 10 mph with 65% efficiency ( turn around time is longer) will cut 10 x 5280 x 8.67 ÷ 43560 x 65% = 6.83 ac cut per hr.

    It is really hard to understand what speed does to a cutting equation unless you see the numbers.

    One will say, there are places you will be forced to slow down from a 14 mph cutting speed, and this is true. But when you are forced to slow down with the 72" single deck mower, you will also be forced to slow down with the fold-up deck mower. The wings on the tri-deck mower will not take the beating of a single deck Super Z and hold up as well.

    The above statements are only my opinion, but the numbers do not lie...
  2. HavnFun

    HavnFun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Thanks for all of the great information, guys. Need to do more research and actually sit on some equipment. Zero turns will certainly get more attention.

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