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    54 or 60 inch deck?

    I have a 54” deck now on my x475. I am looking into upgrading tractors and would like your opinions regarding the 60 inch deck. I mow 3 acres. Thanks.

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    Which do you want??? They will both mow 3 acres, the 60" will do it slightly quicker!!!
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    It depends how rough your lawn is. The 60” is deeper then a 54 which does offer an improved cut, but is slightly more prone to scalping.
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    Unless you have a lot of places the 60” deck won’t fit go for the bigger deck.
    2018 2025r, FEL, 60" autoconnect deck, pallet forks, some other stuff.

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    I have a 54 now, just looking to see who likes or dislikes the 60 as a possible upgrade.

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    The 60D mmm just may be the best mmm JD has ever built. The scalping issue many users talk about is a non-issue if the mmm is set up correctly, you do not try to cut your lawn too short, and you do not crest hills while mowing.

    Most users with a 60D do not realize, because of the height of the deck, the deck only drops about an 1" from fully raised to cut height. Grass should be mowed at a height of 3" to 3 1/2". Fully raised on a 60D is 4".

    Any mmm will scalp if you crest a hill with the deck lowered or otherwise mow uneven terrain and this condition worsens with longer wheelbase tractors. The best way to prevent scalping is plan your mowing to prevent these situations.

    I assume if you are mowing 3 acres, it is relatively level. The 60D will work fine.
    JD 1025 TLB (2013) ** 60D 7 Iron MMM w/auto-connect ** H120 FEL** 260 BH ** 54" snowblower ** 54" blade ** 52" Front Broom ** Ken's Bolt on Hooks ** Frontier BB2048L box scraper ** County Line 5' landscape rake ** JD Hydraulic Dump MCS ** Artillian Forks w/36" Forks ** JD 3 - Point Ballast Box ** JD I-Match Quick Hitch ** Heavy Hitch front Weight Bar ** Heavy Hitch 3 Point Weight Bar ** Fimco 40 Gallon Sprayer ** EA Aerator ** FitRite Hydraulics Rear SCV ** 12 - 40# suitcase weights

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    I like the larger deck because it sticks out further to the left and makes close trimming easier. I have 62C, I would have liked to have either the 60 7 Iron or 60HC deck, since I tend to be hard on decks. I had to weld cracks on the 50" deck on my JD 285 several times.
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    The wider deck, set up correctly and used correctly, has a distinct advantage as Z5 said, the deck extending out the side of the mower permits trimming under trees, along landscaped areas, etc. and dramatically reduces the string trimmer time. I have never had an issue with the decks scalping and my front yard is "contoured" with rising and falling terrain. Just pay attention to the mowing direction and change it often and you won't have any issues.

    Reality is most decks after the 1st pass are operated at 80% efficiency when over lapping and making subsequent passes. That means the 54" deck ends up providing a net mowing width of about 43" (80% of the 54" width) where the 60" deck will provide over lapping and subsequent passes of 48". Plus I like having the overlapping of the cut occurring outside of the mower's wheel base, which will happen with the 60" deck and won't with the 54" based upon the machine wheel base width.

    As long as you don't have any restrictions with gates, doorway openings, landscape areas or trailer widths which restrict the larger deck, go with the 60" deck. It will reduce the mowing time and the cutting quality doesn't have to be any less if the deck is set up and used properly.

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    The height you mow your lawn depends on the type grass you have and desired “look” you are after. For instance I mow mine 2.5 inches because I am looking for that “golf course” type look. And yes with northern grass I have to fertilize and water my lawn to keep the look I want. As a general rule of thumb, with modern high capacity mower decks. The 54 inch deck will give slightly better cut than 60 inch deck – just common sense; you are hanging a deck from two hanging points below the tractor. The wider the deck the more it is prone to “tip” or lean when turning tractor or cresting a hill, The 60 inch will get job done quicker. If you lawn is straight line, ( or basically a field) with few trees, flower boxes etc to maneuver around the difference in quality of cut will be negligible. So a lot depends on look of lawn you are looking for and how picky you are on quality of cut
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    I think the 60” deck is the way to go, unless you gate or something that you couldn’t get through with the wider deck. The wider deck gives you a smaller uncut circle.
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    2011 1026R / H120 / 60D auto-connect, independent-lift mmm / 54" snowblower / 4' KK Pro rotary mower / KK 4' tiller

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