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CLARKE
12-13-2001, 03:05 PM
I uesd to put about 600 hours a season when i only had walk bhine mowers, But now that i own 2 DIXIE CHOPPERS i put about 450 hrs a season each. cause with the dixie choppers i can get more done in less time.:cool: :) :D

accuratelawn
12-13-2001, 03:17 PM
Almost 700 on the Lazer
325 on Great Dane WB
110 on the Walker

65hoss
12-13-2001, 03:50 PM
By Dec 31th I will have around 400 on the Lazer HP for the season. Hopefully next year will be about the same. Rather work smarter, not harder.

dhicks
12-13-2001, 07:10 PM
about 300 to 350 depending on the weather.

tranum
12-13-2001, 07:17 PM
this year about 500 on the tiger & about 300 on g-hopper.

Lawngodfather
12-13-2001, 07:20 PM
Avg. 1200 per a ZTR, ZTR's do leaf work.

900 per a wb

MIDSOUTH
12-13-2001, 07:45 PM
Originally posted by Lawngodfather
Avg. 1200 per a ZTR, ZTR's do leaf work.

900 per a wb

If you just do leaf work with the ztrs then you do a ton of leaf work at 1200 hours per leaf season. If you had 20 weeks of leaves you have to run them suckers 60 hours a week to get those numbers-WOW!

Eric ELM
12-13-2001, 07:48 PM
Originally posted by Lawngodfather
Avg. 1200 per a ZTR, ZTR's do leaf work.

900 per a wb

Are these guesses or actual hours?

I know a guy that lives south of you that should have a longer season than you and he works 7 days a week. He never has time to post on forums in the summer and he puts on about 900 hours. I thought that was a lot of hours.

How can you put on 3 to 4 times as many hours as some here? Do you let them run all day? ;)

I only mow and I put on about 600 hours a year on the one I run for a total of about 1100 on two machines.

Turf Cutters
12-13-2001, 07:58 PM
I have put about 550 hours between 3 wb and 200 on the dc. I have finally began winter maintence on the equipment.

Crabgrassman
12-13-2001, 08:02 PM
I am a solo operator and I put 268 on my Dixie and around 150 on my 36" Exmark. Last year before I bought my Dixie I had a Gravely 50". Last year I put 285 on my Exmark and around 300 on my Gravely. That's a reduction of 167 hours despite having more work this year.

65hoss
12-13-2001, 08:10 PM
Originally posted by Lawngodfather
Avg. 1200 per a ZTR, ZTR's do leaf work.

900 per a wb

I believe he means the reason the ZTR's get the large # of hours is due to the fact that they do the leaf work also. Not that they only do leaf work.

leebbb
12-13-2001, 08:17 PM
304.5 on my z since April, about 200 on my 335 tractor all year. Lawngodfather, I used to tend alot of land, ran a tractor 12 to 14 hours a day, 7 days a week in the spring and summer, never put more than 1100 hours on a tractor in a year {and we used our tractors year-round}. I find it hard to believe that you average 1200 hours a year on as many mowers as you say you have, that would be several thousand acres of grass mowed.:cool:

Fantasylawns
12-13-2001, 08:17 PM
our 2 Walkers n the ZTR just this week already have 20 hrs each n this is our "off" season ......half this week ......(all next week for Christmas) ...

this year walkers have 600 hrs while the Z has 600 since March (new hr meter)

Flex-Deck
12-13-2001, 08:18 PM
About 450 hrs per year total spread around 2 machines

MIDSOUTH
12-13-2001, 08:19 PM
Originally posted by 65hoss


I believe he means the reason the ZTR's get the large # of hours is due to the fact that they do the leaf work also. Not that they only do leaf work.

Even doing it all with them, those numbers are hard to believe. That picture of the lazer he post all the time was bought new in april of 98', I know this because he post this himself on another forum so if this is true it has close to 4 seasons on it, so it should have about 4800hrs on it. So if it is true, take that handy digital camera and snap a quick photo of that hour meter. If you can prove it-you da man.

Chip
12-13-2001, 08:30 PM
I put 300 hrs on my new Dixie this year and it was a very dry year. I would expect to put at least 500 hrs on it during a more normal season.

Lawngodfather
12-13-2001, 10:14 PM
1,200 divided by 40 weeks is only 30 hours

900 divided by 32 weeks is only 28+ hours

Most of my lawns are groups.

My LCO works more than 30 hours a week. The mowers don?t spend much time sitting or riding on trailers.

Oh yes ZTR?s do leaf work added to the mowing.

If I had said DC?s this probably would not have been questioned.

And we work more than 40 weeks a year

Hour meter broke in June, replaced it and has 708 on it right now.

We work around 55-60 hours in the spring and 40-45 hours the rest till fall then avg 38 hours for clean ups

Now you mathematicians figure that out


BTW work till snow on the ground and we can't do leaf clean ups, then switch to spring clean ups. But this rain we are getting is backing us up right now.

Lawngodfather
12-13-2001, 10:18 PM
Originally posted by leebbb
304.5 on my z since April, about 200 on my 335 tractor all year. Lawngodfather, I used to tend alot of land, ran a tractor 12 to 14 hours a day, 7 days a week in the spring and summer, never put more than 1100 hours on a tractor in a year {and we used our tractors year-round}. I find it hard to believe that you average 1200 hours a year on as many mowers as you say you have, that would be several thousand acres of grass mowed.:cool:

Dude 7X12 = 84 X 10= 840 I find that hard to believe. You still have may weeks of mowing left.

1100 > 52 is 21+

BOTURF
12-13-2001, 10:44 PM
scag ulitmate 800 hrs scag fixed deck 100 i guess i dont see how all you full time operators can only have 300 to 400n hrs on your machines and run full time lawngodfather has more realiste hrs on his for running full time as does eric who runs the worlds fastest mower

MrNoSweat
12-13-2001, 11:14 PM
I don't have a hour meter on my 52" Scag, but I average 4 tanks a week. A tank will last 5hrs+. So 5x4x44=880hrs
My 36" Kees about 5hrs a week 5x44= 220
This is me working solo, can't have 2 mowers running at the same time!!
My Scag this May will be 5yrs old and still runs great.
The kees is over 8yrs old, was my main mower for 3 years.
So 880x5=4400hrs

gene gls
12-14-2001, 12:30 AM
I don't keep records but I think my Walker is around 600 hours this year with one full time helper. Defenetly the fastest hours it has ever seen. Pedal to the metal as much as possiable.

Gene

Crazygator
12-14-2001, 12:38 AM
Why cant everyone believe it when someone says how much they work? Or is it that others are just lazy, or jealous? Get over it. If someone has X number of hours, so what. It means they are busting their butt working. :crazy:

Lpweve
12-14-2001, 12:43 AM
As solo operater mowing part time, I put 428 hrs. on my DC this year and 421 last year. I also put 125 hrs. on my Shindaiwa trimmer this year.

65hoss
12-14-2001, 01:48 AM
If you have been doing this business for a while you start to accumulate bigger properties closer together. That means the mowers are running more and more.

In my area the trimmers run more than the mowers. Bermuda has to be edged and trimmed every week. Grows over the sidewalks in 7 days. My average residential has the Lazer running 15 minutes. But the trimmer, stick edger and blower run for 30 minutes. Thus the reason my mower doesn't get more hours on it. But I already have some bigger things in the works next year. All of which will cause the mower to run more and the trimmers less. As time goes on I hope to get more hours per year on the Lazer and less on the trimmers. This will mean more profitability and less hard work. Easy work on the Z, hard work swinging a trimmer all day.

awm
12-14-2001, 07:05 AM
in any case ,i think most of us feel like our but is growed
to the seat at the end of the day.not as bad as it was when we used LT tho.:D

DanG
12-14-2001, 12:29 PM
I go through a lot of gas mowing is all I know:D

I think this year was down alittle hour wise because I used the bigger Z-master(72") as much as possible to save time over the smaller(52").

500-600 hrs on each or there abouts and maybe another 150 total for all the walk behinds and 21" mowers.

I have a big property that I maintain and with both mowers going all day 8am -5pm with us just stopping to stretch and grab a bite to eat at lunch and sometimes refueling if we need to.
If the grass is slowed down I can mow all day and not refuel but with heavy growth I have to add more gas to get the mowing done.(Mower Consultant saw the property and how big it is)

Dan

Michael Wall
12-14-2001, 03:53 PM
My hrs this year were 480,345,180 on 3 w/b's, but I only mow 3 days a week in spring and 2 long days in summer. They are used for spring + fall cleanups also. I can see how LGF's numbers could happen.

Eric ELM
12-14-2001, 08:38 PM
I agree that LGF's hours can be done, since he has 2 - 3 man crews, so they are running about all day when you have someone trimming.

The one I referred to above is solo a lot of the time, so he is putting in some LONG days. ;)

I only mow 3 days a week and they are not long days either. ;)

I hope Mike knows I was kidding about saying, do you let them run all day. I did put a wink after that.

John D
12-14-2001, 08:58 PM
I only mow my own lawn,and a few commercials,last year,I put 178 on the Dixie,this year ,with the drought,the meter says only 276,so less than 100 this year.

Michael Wall
12-14-2001, 09:35 PM
if Mike is putting those hrs on them, that would explain all the previous equipment he's gone thru.:D

Lawngodfather
12-14-2001, 11:46 PM
Most MFG's guess that a mower life expectancy is around 4,000 hours. That would be running at 800 hours a season. Why does the IRS say 7 years depreciation?

I've retired many mowers at and above those hours I have given.
Some have become problematic in the first year or so. I've had a few DC's and they are still going and are over 4000 on the mower and have been repowered. I feel all mowers should beable to run long and happy lives.

Most I have seen show that they are using their mowers at half of the times that thay should have for such a seasonal job.

There are many LCO's here that put those hours on their machines.

Just think a 2 year old skid steer that is working 40 hours a week for 50 weeks a year that's 2000 hours a year, but we think we know that they usually only put 3/4 of that.

Now I used a machine that was not a mower, the 40 hour a week joe blow works 2000 hours+ a year. Why cant the mowers get close to that also?

I do this as a full time job, some days I am at home doing other stuff, and some days I go out and mow all day long. At one point this year I could not do any thing other than mow. When I got home I got online to relax.

My life revolves around Lawn Care, hence part of my name. Some others I have talked to are the same way.

BTW, I do not get upset when questioned. Actualy I was laughing when I replied to you questioning me. I wont post what is not true. I have no reason to lie, what would be the point in that.

P.S. Eric I saw the wink;)

Maby I have explained why I am the way I am. I love to help others, and may have stayed off from that alittle but, I am back now.

Good luck to you all. Oh yeah, more hours on your mower mean more money.

Crazygator
12-14-2001, 11:56 PM
Thank you for helping us LGF.....DUDE! :crazy:

65hoss
12-15-2001, 02:04 AM
You mean the other LGF is gone? ROTFLMAO

Lawngodfather
12-15-2001, 02:59 AM
Hehe HoHo ROTFLMAO ROTFLMAO

LGF is here to stay.

Dave
12-15-2001, 09:42 PM
I've retired many mowers at and above those hours I have given.
Some have become problematic in the first year or so. I've had a few DC's and they are still going and are over 4000 on the mower and have been repowered. I feel all mowers should beable to run long and happy lives.

Tell me if I am wrong but in another forum you say that you have used everything and everything and the way to go is exmark,and now your saying you have a few DC's and youre over 4000 thousand hours,If I were you I would stick with the DC,s

CLARKE
12-16-2001, 12:31 AM
I thought Eric was the one with the most hours on a chopper
i think hes up to 3,800 now but this guys says hes got over 4000. my choppers are still young then. :p

Lawngodfather
12-16-2001, 01:12 AM
Originally posted by Dave
I've retired many mowers at and above those hours I have given.
Some have become problematic in the first year or so. I've had a few DC's and they are still going and are over 4000 on the mower and have been repowered. I feel all mowers should beable to run long and happy lives.

Tell me if I am wrong but in another forum you say that you have used everything and everything and the way to go is exmark,and now your saying you have a few DC's and your over 4000 thousand hours,If I were you I would stick with the DC,s

I guess you missed the "I've had".

Written by LGF

I've had a few DC's and they are still going and are over 4000 on the mower and have been repowered.

I do not have them any more.

I'm having good luck with the Exmarks. I would have bought new DC's if they would ever upgrade or bring their operator presence system up to date.

Ricky
12-17-2001, 05:39 PM
250 on my Chopper this year (part timer). 150 last year (not a full year).

LGF....... You da man :)

EJKane
12-17-2001, 10:51 PM
I work solo and put 400 hrs. on my Lazer. I also use it to spread fertilizer and spray broadleaf weed control.

GreenQuest Lawn
12-18-2001, 12:11 AM
Man I guess I had better get off my rear and get mowing. I put 700hrs in two years. probably 400 this year as I did alot more mowing. I also use mine for fert.