I don't have one, so I can't post about it per-say, I'm a toro man myself.
You may want to check these sites out, they may have some information for
http://grounds-mag.com/ (may have and artical or two on scag..?)
I've never cut grass for a living so far, Tim. I've fed 1200-1400 lawns
since 1978 tho, so I'm only going to cut 35- 45 of the good ones, with no
fence gates to contend with and such.
This is sort of an experiment for me. :)
That's a good deal of cash to invest for an experiment, but to each his
own.It won't loose it's value over a season or two. I can mow 4 acres an
hour with my toro 37 with a velkey. With a toro 48, I believe it's
somewhere near 6 acres an hour. You could pick up a new proline 48 for
around 5,000 . Of course this is a walk/tow behind and you have to stand
on the velkey, which I favor anyhow. Either way, good luck to you and
enjoy cutting those mid-western lawns ;0)
I have a slight interest in the smaller ZTR's that will fit through a
36" fence gate, since most of the yards I'd be cutting are in the 12K
or less range and have fences. The trouble being, those small ZTR's are
not much less expensive than the 52's.
well you answered your own question. If you have gates then you have to get
a 36" or a 42" . Most times but not all times you can just fit a 42" thru a
Heres a http://www.gravely.com/gravely/Products/Zero-Turn+Mowers/pm+152z.asp
rider with 42" deck. Or you could buy a smaller 36 walkbehind duel hydro.and
a 52 ztr.
What ever mower you get make sure that it has a Manufactured deck and not a
stamp deck. This is one of the most important
things when buying a mower.
The other option is this mower which hinges.
a.. Full 52" cut with wing deployed.
a.. 37-3/4" maximum width with wing up.
a.. Most efficient gated estates mowing.
As far as the 36" gates go, there are only one of your worries. You need
to factor in other general obstacles such as trees, fences and the like.
After many years of using different equiptment, I personally feel the the
toro 36 or 37 is just about the perfect mower for 1.5 acre or less. I can
fit through most any gate out there and I can ring most trees within two
inches. Takes me no time at all to add on the velkey (sulkey) or to remove
it, so I can change up or down depending on the lawn that needs to be
done. If I have a larger lawn, less complicated lawn, I put on the velkey
and fly right through. This is my mower:
Atm I have the single wheel sulkey, but will be buying the nice two
wheeled sulkey this season:
Like I said before, you end up standing instead of sitting, but to each
his own. The best part is that Toro Proline products are completly
Steveo, do you have experience with ZTR's? I have a Bobcat with 61" it
was 2 yrs old with 1400 hours. I bought it from a commercial outfit for $3k
with a trac vac. I am above average on maintainence, and not faint of
heart. I have 3 acres with a lot of trees. I learned the hard way not to
hose it, or power wash it. There cannot be a better application for a ZTR,
especially in the fall with the Trac Vac. My neighbors have services that
come in and the commercial guys around here are buying Dixie Choppers. The
latest models look far beyond what ZTRs were just a couple of years ago.
ZTRs are many steps up for maintenance, believe me.
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