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 Mowing 5 acres ? Total time with your average riding lawn mower ?
StrkAliteN  [Life Member]
10/19/2011 8:50:13 PM
We are currently new house shopping.

Looked at a great place today that had 4.7 acres. All very nice land and flat and all grass.

Previous owner is dead so cannot ask him obviously. I have never owned acreage. I was wandering .... approx how long does it take to mow just under 5 acres w/ your standard - average size riding lawn mower ?

I am guessing 5 hours of straight non stop mowing. About an hour per acre would be my guess
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die-tryin  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 8:53:04 PM
3 hours or so. give or take.

Depends on the deck size of mower, type of grass, length of grass, etc.
Bud  [Member]
10/19/2011 8:53:14 PM
We just moved from acreage, and I kept 5 acres mowed.

With a 42" White 18 hp rider it took right at 4 hours to mow. That included going around 6 trees, the house and a barn.

We bought a 60" Exmark zero turn a few years ago, and it cut the mowing time down to 1 hour.

Greenhorn  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 8:53:28 PM
What can you do with 5 acres of lawn? I'd use it for food or animals.
BatcaveSouth  [Member]
10/19/2011 8:53:31 PM
You ought to look at tractors.
E-Mag  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 8:56:15 PM

Originally Posted By BatcaveSouth:
You ought to look at tractors.

This Is the answer. Or professional duty LARGE and fast mowers
graysonp  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 8:57:39 PM
When I mowed my own lawn, it took about 1.5 hours for 1 acre with a 42" riding mower. Id say your estimate of 5 hours is close if you're mowing nonstop.

When you get over 1 acre or so, its really worth it to go with a zero turn and cut your mowing time by anout 60%.

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Hedonist  [Life Member]
10/19/2011 8:59:20 PM
I run a commercial type ZTR, wife runs beefy Garden Tractor - after 3 hours we're maybe more than half done but we have woods and various terrain.

Is this one big grassy area, or are there obstacles?

5 acres is a lot of grass when you cut it 52" at a time.
raysheen  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 8:59:40 PM
Those times seem high to me.
I just moved from a 2.75 acre property.
Just over 1 acre of that was lawn.
It was well layed out, but at full speed I could be done in just over 20 minutes.
I have a 54" deck and the thing is pretty fast with me on it, but...
Parker22  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 8:59:48 PM
What is a average mower? Our yard is probably 5-6 acres ( with our pastures that are not moped every time ) but if I'm I'm a hurry I can now it in probably 1.5 hours.

Then again i run a deere 997 with a 72" deck.

Personally I enjoy mowing at least large open areas when the sun is shining!
BIGSHOVEL  [Member]
10/19/2011 9:00:53 PM
It takes me 2.5 hours with a 60" New Holland. All 20 percent grade. I traded a 42" after the third mowing. I would do a zero turn in a heartbeat if I did not have the need for a front end loader.
Bustyrucket  [Member]
10/19/2011 9:02:09 PM
2 or 3 goatses should do it.
CARSINC  [Member]
10/19/2011 9:03:09 PM
Zmark 62inch should do about 6-8 an hour. The 42 inch I use to do 2 takes almost 3 hours not well laid out.
GIJoe  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:05:03 PM
A Kubota BX with a 60 inch Mid mount would make quick work...and do a lot more for you on your "estate".
junker46  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:06:44 PM
I used to do that, and it got old fast. Do yourself a favor and get a small tractor and a pto driven finish mower (if lawn-type cut) or bush hog (if just knocking down the tall grass for snakes).
thebeekeeper1  [Site Staff]
10/19/2011 9:08:49 PM
You can buy an older tractor and mower that will outlast you, and do a thousand other things, for (well) under ten grand, and have that done in no time.
Umbra  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:10:28 PM
About a dozen of these
Brownie63  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:11:35 PM
10+ acres here.

I let it grow. Then I take it with a John Deere 5210, pulling an 84" Bush Hog.

< 2 hrs.
kier74  [Member]
10/19/2011 9:12:47 PM
why wouldn't you have a neighbor bale it for you and sell it. This way it gets cut some time mid summer and then maybe you mow one other time. Area around the house mow as you want. Tractors are not faster than a ZTR.
ff162bfd  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:14:43 PM
It takes me a little over two hours to mow 7 acres at 6 mph. It can be done faster but during dry conditions the ground is pretty rough.

Terrain: Flat lot with small creek and about 20 medium size trees. 2400sq ft house with 24x24 shop and a 150 yard driveway.
Mower specs: BadBoy PUP 30hp Kohler 60" cut

Mower pics:
Next project

ff162bfd  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:15:44 PM

I would recommend a small commercial mower for that size lot. Visit lawnsite.com for a lot of good info on different brands.







pappy177  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:55:07 PM
about 2 cases of beer
MACGI98Z28  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:57:05 PM
Three acres of extreme hills here––-Ingersoll 4016 L&G with 46inch deck, 2.5 hours minimum.

Get a good ZTR and fly through that if it is flat. One like the Bad Boy or a Dixie Chopper is what you are after.

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MACGI98Z28  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:58:12 PM
Originally Posted By MACGI98Z28:




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MTUSA  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 9:58:12 PM
goats!
RIA45ACP  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:00:03 PM
We mow about 7 acres out of our 51, using a normal riding mower with I think a 48" deck it takes about 4 hours total, if I need to do it quicker I break out the tractor with the big mower deck and I can be done in an hour usually.


I usually opt for the slower method, gives me 4 hours to contemplate shit.


Of course this year I haven't had to mow once, I'll glad when this damn drought is over.
NinerMaine  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:01:51 PM
I cut 2.5 acres of my land. Before, I had a 36 inch LT and it took me 4 hours. I got a JD with a 42 inch deck and more importantly a hydrostatic drive and cut the time down to under 2 hours. Grant it this is traveling at a high rate of speed which does not give you the best cut. But I live in rural Maine and no one gives a shit about what the lawn looks like. The important thing is that with the new LT I did not have to stop and change gears manually. The hydrostatic drive saves me a ton of time.
Dr-G  [Member]
10/19/2011 10:03:08 PM
We have just over two acres. It takes me with my new Hydrostatic Ariens 42" deck about 3 hrs. I have some things to go around and weed whacking.

(My older lawn tractor was slower and it took me 4 hrs to do the same along with weed whacking also.)

My best guess would be ~5-6 hrs.
flinch08  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:03:39 PM
42" deck. 2.5 is what I cut. Hour for a quick cut, hour and a half to do it right. Bunch of trees. The trick is to cut it short and not let it get out of control. Couple of days in the middle of summer will fuck up a weekend.

I did not read past OP, you may already have been told this.
forker  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:08:27 PM
Huh?

What?

Nuke it from orbiit, or maybe buy a fucking goat.
flyguync  [Member]
10/19/2011 10:11:19 PM
My son has a Simplicity 54 inch tractor and cuts a friend's 3-1/2 acres in about 1-1/2 hours. I believe it will run about 7 mph and is much more comfortable to operate than a ZT. It also has a tight turning radius, will essentially turn around a 24 inch diameter object.
AeroE  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:15:35 PM
Originally Posted By StrkAliteN:
We are currently new house shopping.

Looked at a great place today that had 4.7 acres. All very nice land and flat and all grass.

Previous owner is dead so cannot ask him obviously. I have never owned acreage. I was wandering .... approx how long does it take to mow just under 5 acres w/ your standard - average size riding lawn mower ?

I am guessing 5 hours of straight non stop mowing. About an hour per acre would be my guess


With a "standard" riding mower? You mean something like a 40 inch cut?

If the grass is short and the ground is smooth enough to run full speed, count on about 4 hours. That will be best case. When the grass gets just a little high, you'll spend days getting it cut.

The mower will last two or three seasons if you take good care of it.

Here's some advice that will save you money (and time) in the long run - buy a real tractor with a 60 to 72 inch mower. Not a "garden tractor". Sure as hell not a riding mower from a Big Box or Sears; you'll regret it. Or buy a high quality zero turn mower with a similar deck size.

If you try to mickey mouse this choice, the cost of the tractor you eventually buy will include of all the machines that preceded it.

You also need to consider whether you'll need to move snow.

DragoMuseveni  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:19:03 PM
1)Buy some sheep
2)Have sheep eat grass
3)Come winter sheer sheep's wool and then make lamb chops, gyros, and Doner kebabs.
4)Profit.


JAMES77257  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:19:58 PM
30 minutes

Grasshopper 930D 72"
David4327  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:21:48 PM
No rain this year so I have not had to mow. When I do I only mow 3 acres out of 7 around the house and it takes about less then 2 hours. For mowing 5 or more I would get a tractor with a shredder. Get an older one for about $2000.00
nhsport  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:22:36 PM
Regular lawn tractor at 42"-48" is going to be close to an hour per acre,a bit less with hydrostatic if it is real smooth

Step up to some kind of commercial and you get more speed and wider cutting which will be 2X to 3X faster

Tractor with 3point or belly deck up to 60" is what many use because they need the tractor for snow or other use but it really isn't any faster than a good commercial.

Bigger mowers look very expensive but the time spent on a home center type tractor will kill you and you are going to burn it up in no time on a 5 acre lawn
TooBigToFail  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 10:22:43 PM
I can do our 2.5 acres with my 42" mower in just under 2 hrs. If I were doing 5 acres I would seriously consider a CUT with a bushhog. With that much space you're bound to need a tractor for other projects If it were all flat I would get a zero turn for sure. 5 acres with a regular riding mower is a lot of seat time... that would be borderline brutal in the summer over here... I couldn't do it in a single sitting.
IMHerDad  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 11:13:59 PM
5 acres on most flat ground. 35 five year old trees and fencing as well. it takes me about 2.75 hours with 61" zero turn.

i don't go flying around like some folks. i think it looks better with just a tad slower cut.
glazer1972  [Life Member]
10/19/2011 11:15:49 PM
Ztr.
Hawken50  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 11:19:28 PM

Originally Posted By graysonp:
When I mowed my own lawn, it took about 1.5 hours for 1 acre with a 42" riding mower. Id say your estimate of 5 hours is close if you're mowing nonstop.

When you get over 1 acre or so, its really worth it to go with a zero turn and cut your mowing time by anout 60%.

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This.

I mow about 4 acres. went from 3.5-4 hrs with an old john deere rider to about 1.5hrs on a cub cadet zero turn. decks were close to the same size.
Kalahnikid  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 11:30:41 PM
Id plant as much as possible to some kind of native grasses and just mow what I had to.

5 acres is a fucking chore. It used to take me about 6 hours to do about that much.
GC456  [Team Member]
10/19/2011 11:41:24 PM
I have a John Deere 755. I can mow just over 4 acres in 1 hour and 20 minutes by my self in fairly high grass.

Many years ago it would take me over 6 hours using a Snapper!

I hate mowing, but the 755 thing really makes it a lot easier!

Here is a pic of what it looks like.

scottedward58  [Team Member]
10/20/2011 12:46:31 AM
Buy a real tractor, not a lawn or garden tractor and get a flail mower for it. A flail mower can do almost as good to as good a job as a finish mower and do what a bush hog can. A tractor will also have a million other uses too. With all that open space I'd be surprised if you never planted a garden and a tractor really makes things easier for that.

A tractor is also one of the best ways to remove snow and with the right setup is faster than a truck with a plow. A tractor is so much faster and more capable than a truck that some residential plow companies are switching to 50-100hp utility tractors with FELs and inverted snow blowers to plow with.
Bama-Shooter  [Site Staff]
10/20/2011 12:52:19 AM
I had 3 acres and a 46" cutting deck it took 2.5 hours going full blast not stopping except to refuel.



Plumbata  [Team Member]
10/20/2011 12:53:57 AM
Kubota with mower deck. That riding mower will crater after only a couple of years.

It usually takes me about an hour to do the three acres closest to the house, mainly because the wife planted all these damn pecan trees as an obstacle course.
kallnojoy  [Team Member]
10/20/2011 12:55:43 AM
Originally Posted By scottedward58:
Buy a real tractor, not a lawn or garden tractor and get a flail mower for it. A flail mower can do almost as good to as good a job as a finish mower and do what a bush hog can. A tractor will also have a million other uses too. With all that open space I'd be surprised if you never planted a garden and a tractor really makes things easier for that.

A tractor is also one of the best ways to remove snow and with the right setup is faster than a truck with a plow. A tractor is so much faster and more capable than a truck that some residential plow companies are switching to 50-100hp utility tractors with FELs and inverted snow blowers to plow with.


I was with you on everything but the flail... not that I wouldn't recommend one either.

My "mower":

dan45678  [Member]
10/20/2011 12:55:58 AM
Originally Posted By ff162bfd:
It takes me a little over two hours to mow 7 acres at 6 mph. It can be done faster but during dry conditions the ground is pretty rough.

Terrain: Flat lot with small creek and about 20 medium size trees. 2400sq ft house with 24x24 shop and a 150 yard driveway.
Mower specs: BadBoy PUP 30hp Kohler 60" cut

Mower pics:
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/MOWER4.jpg
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/MOWER3.jpg
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/MOWER2.jpg
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/MOWER1.jpg
Next project
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/DSCF2097.jpg
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/DSCF2098.jpg



Beautiful property. Do you have any more pictures of your land?
swingset  [Team Member]
10/20/2011 12:56:56 AM
I cut 5 acres in about 75 minutes on a 54" zero turn. It's mostly obstacle free, so I can fly.

Worth every penny in time and gas saved.

A regular mower/tractor would take much longer and use a lot more gas.
scottedward58  [Team Member]
10/20/2011 12:59:43 AM
Originally Posted By kallnojoy:
Originally Posted By scottedward58:
Buy a real tractor, not a lawn or garden tractor and get a flail mower for it. A flail mower can do almost as good to as good a job as a finish mower and do what a bush hog can. A tractor will also have a million other uses too. With all that open space I'd be surprised if you never planted a garden and a tractor really makes things easier for that.

A tractor is also one of the best ways to remove snow and with the right setup is faster than a truck with a plow. A tractor is so much faster and more capable than a truck that some residential plow companies are switching to 50-100hp utility tractors with FELs and inverted snow blowers to plow with.


I was with you on everything but the flail... not that I wouldn't recommend one either.

My "mower":

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc101/kallnojoy/public/739ab400.jpg


I have a bush hog too but wish I had a flail mower, they do a much better job, don't throw things and can rough cut as good or better than a bush hog.
spd2230  [Member]
10/20/2011 1:15:14 AM
Already been said, but get a tractor or a commercial ZTR. I mow about 2 acres (with a lot of obstacles) plus a half mile of ditch/roadside on a 60'' Kubota ZD21 and it takes around an hour. You should be able to find a used, low hour, diesel ZTR for ~ $5k. Diesel saves a ton on fuel cost.
ff162bfd  [Team Member]
10/21/2011 12:10:57 AM

Originally Posted By dan45678:
Originally Posted By ff162bfd:
It takes me a little over two hours to mow 7 acres at 6 mph. It can be done faster but during dry conditions the ground is pretty rough.

Terrain: Flat lot with small creek and about 20 medium size trees. 2400sq ft house with 24x24 shop and a 150 yard driveway.
Mower specs: BadBoy PUP 30hp Kohler 60" cut

Mower pics:
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/MOWER4.jpg
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/MOWER3.jpg
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/MOWER2.jpg
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/MOWER1.jpg
Next project
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/DSCF2097.jpg
http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p355/ff162162bfd/DSCF2098.jpg



Beautiful property. Do you have any more pictures of your land?


The last two pics are not mine just showing the stripe kit I want to build. Go and check out the striping threads at lawnsite.com
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