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    1025r 60 inch mower verses 54

    HI MY GTT BROTHERS AND SISTER
    I have a choice to have a 60 or 54 mmm deck I thought I remember reading that people prefer the 54 how would I find that post?
    if not what do you think?
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    Not to deflect but there are about infinity threads on this topic, do a search and see what you find. The debate will rage on forever. I have the 60 and like it.
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    I've mowed with both many times. My personal preference is the 60". Not familiar with the thread though, sorry.

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    I agree that there will be a lot of discussion about this. I also don't have a 1 Series but have gone from 54" to 60" (X585 with 54C to Z950R with 60" 7 Iron Pro).

    It doesn't sound like much of a change in width but what I notice when mowing down the length of my ditch is I will make a pass and the 60 seems to scalp more on the outside edges so as I make a few passes it seems more like a stepped cut. I never noticed this as much with the 54. It is going to handle uneven ground better than a bigger deck. I will take longer to cut. This is partly why you see the big golf course mowers with 3 decks. A front deck and two wing decks or a bunch of smaller reel mowers. They handle the rolling terrain better. If you have rolling hills and pretty quick slope change, you could benefit from a narrower deck. If you have large relatively flat ground or more gradual changes, you won't notice the disadvantage as much so a larger deck is better to speed up your work.

    There isn't a perfect answer to this which is why they sell different size decks. Depending on your use one will have advantages over the other.


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    I went with the 54 as it is pretty simple and clean to install a front center guide roller to prevent scalping.
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    Agree with others. You can do a search in the "Custom Search" box and get plenty of opinion reading.

    That said, I have a 60D and wouldn't trade it for a 54" for anything, although, everyone likes what they like!!

    Reasons:
    1. One of the issues with a 1 series is the ROPS lights. They are mounted to the outside of the ROPS. With the 60D, the deck sticks out the side of the tractor further so the chances of hitting a ROPS lights is less.

    2. The 60D is 7-iron meaning it is made of 7 gauge steel.

    3. The 60D is deeper so it creates more draft under the deck.

    Negatives:
    1. It is heavy

    2. You will find many say the 60D scalps more than a 54D. I truly believe the majority of problems users have had with the 60D are mostly caused from not having it set up correctly and trying to mow with the deck to low. Any MMM is supposed to hang on the linkage, not the wheels. The wheels should run just clear of the floor when setting them up. Also, set the deck height adjustment so the cut height is about 3". Do not try to cut your grass too short.

    3. The wheel shafts have hitch pins in the top hole to keep them from falling out when adjusting. These hitch pins do not allow for lowering the wheels far enough. Remove the hitch pins and lower the wheels one more hole. This will help to prevent any scalping when cresting over hill edges.

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    I have the 60”. It has worked well for me. The uncut circle is smaller than the 54”. The only reason to get the 54 is if you have a gate or door the 60 won’t fit though.
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    I had the 54 and bought another 54 z-turn. I have a ditch that the 60 would have been scraping both sides of if you ran down the middle. If you dont have this or tight spaces as mentioned above, I'd go with the 60.

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    Quote Originally Posted by userjh160 View Post
    I had the 54 and bought another 54 z-turn. I have a ditch that the 60 would have been scraping both sides of if you ran down the middle. If you dont have this or tight spaces as mentioned above, I'd go with the 60.

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    That is the exact thing I notice in my ditch. If I run down the middle of the bottom it is long on the middle (bottom of the ditch) and scalping more on the edges. If I ride up on the side a bit to get that middle cut then I get a V shape to my ditch.

    If a person has any significant slope changes in less than 60" you will struggle a bit more with a bigger deck.
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    I have the 60 inch deck. When set up properly and adjusted to about 2.5 inch cutting height it cuts great. The four scalping wheels need to be adjusted as close to the ground as possible this is key with theses mower decks. You can also fine tune the cutting height by adjusting the 2 yokes that support the the mower deck. This is how I adjusted my deck. So, you can set the mower height adjustment knob and fine tune the cutting height with the 2 yokes. These mower decks do not like cutting below 2 inches keep that in mind. 2 1/2 - 2 3/8 is about perfect for these mower decks. The 4 scalping wheels set at around 1/4 inch works the best.
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