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ZTR Mowing Speed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by liquidforcedude7, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. liquidforcedude7

    liquidforcedude7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from america
    Messages: 285

    As spring is coming again and im dreaming of ZTRs and one thing im noticing is the difference in speed, Ive seen everything from 7 to 15 mph.... but I was wondering what actual mowing speed is most realistic...but also im trying to compare this to my tractor which is between a fast walk and an easy jog (haha) any ideas on how many mph that might be?.?.? lol
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    I usually will cut a lawn at 1/4 to 1/2 speed which is about 3-5mph. Maybe up to 3/4 or full on larger properties where quality of cut isnt as important as it being cut. Realistically, you will never mow a lawn at 15 mph, sorry it just wont happen. This is the transport speed of the mower; i.e. the speed it will go for you to get back to the trailer, etc. Dont be fooled by the hype about getting done faster if you can go 15 mph because you will not.
  3. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    I mow softball diamonds at 13 MPH. The only reason I can do this is because I cut them twice a week so I'm not cutting off nearly as much grass on each cut.

    All other lawns I probably don't go above 6 MPH and probably average 4 or 5 MPH.
  4. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    Out of over 150 accounts we only have 2 lawns that we can go full bore on. Thats around 10 mph. It all depends on what your accounts are like.:waving:

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    We never run at full speed for the ride and the quality of the cut.
  6. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    I Believe the most ideal speed is 10mph becouse most the time i dont hit that on residential but when i do large home i for sure do...15mph would be nice sometimes for traveling speeds when the blades are off!
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    It all depends on conditions.... How fast is the grass growing? How often is it cut? What kind of grass or weeds is it? How much grass are you cutting off? How rough is the terrain? How big is the yard? Is the grass wet? Deck design? Blade speed?

    I do have a couple of lawns where I can hit 15 mph, mowing, in the Spring and Fall. Most of the time though it is at a more liveable 6, 7 and 8 MPH.

    Oh, and your tractor is probably rocketing along at 5 MPH or so.
  8. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    You can only cut as fast as the grass allows. Don't sacrifice quality for speed. Efficiency does not mean "going fast."
  9. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    i think 15MPH is way to much i think the most u should go is 10 MPH. JMO
  10. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    You cut with conditions. If it allows 15mph, I'd cut at that.

    I top out my LC Lazer at 10mph on several lawns.

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