Would you buy a 54" or 60" deck?

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Nov 24, 2012
Near Johannesburg MI but in the middle of nowhere
2019 LS XR4140 HST Cab; 2020 Kawasaki Mule SX; 2021 Bad Boy 54" ZT Elite
I got no response on my last post so will try this.

I am buying a ZT. Two acres, two dozen trees and a few other items to trim around.

There is only a $200 difference in price between a 54" and 60" deck. Which one would you get and why?

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Do you have any gates you need it to fit through?
Doors to the shed? Does it fit in your truck?
How tight are the trees? I'd want more than a few inches on each side to spare as you zip around.
How flat is your lawn? 60" is gonna scalp pretty good if your not good and flat.
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Bigger is better (faster mow time) when size is not an issue for passing through gates and getting between objects such as an above ground pool and a fence.

Storage limitations may also be a consideration if u want to keep the machine under cover.

Other than these two items I don’t know why you would want to go with a smaller machine.
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I bought a used 54" because it was a bargain. I'm on an acre with several smaller lawn areas and would be better served with a smaller machine. It was my first rider and I had no experience. The reason I haven't is that most smaller machines come with weaker transaxles and It's harder to repair a pressed deck if it rusts out.
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I'm not a Z turn owner so if I say something stupid just tell me.

Don't the Z turn decks suspend themselves? Front wheels are carrying the front of the deck rather than being suspended under the machine?

Best mowing deck I've had in the 54" size was suspended under a JD455. Best mowing deck I've had in the 60" size was self carried on four wheels under a Kubota B2910.

I currently mow with a 62" suspended deck under a JD2210. It won't carry water to the other two.
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I have two-ish acres of grass in a highly contoured property (stone walls, gardens, ornamental trees). I considered a 60" but there there are passages where it wouldn't fit nicely, where even the 54" is tight.

I'm quite happy with the 54". If I'm on a clear flat piece of yard then I'm just sailing across it at speeds that seem pretty exhilarating for a lawn mower, and if I'm doing the contoured edges, then I'm sweating the hair trigger responsiveness of the controls to make sure I don't use my tank of a mower to knock over a stone wall (or worse, drive off a retaining wall from the top).

if you just have wide open spaces, then the 60" or 54" is a minor decision. You're gonna zoom over that grass like there's no tomorrow and be done. All about how you want to manage money vs. small incremental time.
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My Grasshopper has a 61", only reason I would have smaller deck would be, because I didn't have enough hp, or because of a small gate, or scalping issues, and none of those are a problem here.

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I have an acre and a half of "lawn" that I mow. Last year I bought a new mower. The old one - 27 years old. I got a JD 570 with 48" mowing deck. A tad bit easier to navigate around all the trees, gates, fences, flower beds - etc, etc. The old mower had a 54" deck and had scalping issues on certain parts of the lawn. The new mower - not near that problem.

The new mower is more powerful and has more hp per inch of width. Helps when mowing the "lawn" that I have. A 3/4 acre meadow that I'm adding to my lawns. Three or four more years of mowing and it will look pretty good.
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Mine are all 72". I even do the fields with it. F935 diesel. Previous was 48". No turning back.
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As others have indicated, wider is better if you don't have any obstacles that would make a wider deck a problem. However, wider decks do have a drawback if your terrain is uneven. The wider they are the harder it is to get an even cut on or around hills and rolling ground. Edges can dip and cut shorter while the middle can leave grass longer. For instance, while mowing along a ditch next to a roadway. How much that matters is totally dependent on your situation.