Recommend Good Lawn Mower To Cut 0.67 Acre Lot?

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Old 08-02-13, 06:39 AM
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Question Recommend Good Lawn Mower To Cut 0.67 Acre Lot?

Hi,

I just purchased my home, and the lot is rather large at 0.67 acres; can anyone recommend a good lawn mower that I can purchase to cut the grass?

Can I use a lawn mower that just mulches the grass this way pick up is easier, or should I use a lawn mower that bags it?

Also, for other homeowners with large yards how long does it usually take to cut it?

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Old 08-02-13, 07:26 AM
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I have a similar situation in that we have a 1/2 acre lot. Huge backyard for the dogs.

All I can say is that last year we purchased a riding mower, 39" deck. For three years I used a push mower and it was horrible. Spending roughly 3 hours mowing the lawn on the weekend doing a death march back and forth was not fun at all. Riding mower for the back yard made all the difference in the world and cut the time down to 1hr for the whole thing. Still use the push mower on the front yard as the slope is too much for the riding one.

As for mulching/bagging, that's up to you. Personally I'd rather leave the cut grass on the lawn to keep moisture in.
 
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Old 08-02-13, 08:22 PM
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If I had a residential type yard that size and was looking for a new mower and to get the best value for my dollar, I would go buy an AYP product riding mower, 42". AYP makes craftsman mowers but only the ones with model numbers starting with 917. The others are made by MTD, which I strongly suggest you stay away from MTD products. Husqvarna mowers are also made by AYP. Don't be tempted by the troybilt, bolens, cub cadet names, all MTD. This is my opinion based on years of owning and operating a small engine repair service.

As for bagging or mulching... mulch if there is any way you can. Bagging is harder on the mower in every way. It's more work for you as well, and wears out the deck faster. Bagging also removes the nutrients from your yard. Every time you cut the grass, you are cutting off minerals and nutrients that made the blade of grass. If you throw it out, the grass has to find more from the soil to grow another blade. Keep doing that, and your soil won't have nutrients left that keep grass healthy and the weeds will move in.

With a 42" mower in an anverage yard that size, I'd say you should be able to cut it in around 45 minutes. Less if you don't have a lot to mow around or move, more if you have a lot or if the grass is thick and you have to go slow. Add 20-30 minutes if bagging.
 
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I have about a third of an acre of yard and it takes about 90 minutes to cut with my 22" push mower. One of these days I'm going to get a small rider.

You should start with a rider and mulch, don't bag - the clippings are good for the lawn.
 
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Old 08-04-13, 03:46 PM
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If you can swing it, get a smaller residential zero turn. They mow fast and cut your trimming down to almost zero.
 
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