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I'm going to purchase a z540R and it currently has a 54in deck on it. I have 2.5 - acres to cut and a good portion of flat land but also have at least 20 trees to cut around including the outbuildings.

How would a z500 series handle the 60in deck? Are there disadvantages to going to 60 vs 54? 54 looks like it covers that frame well and 60 might be a bit big?

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The larger deck should have a tighter cutting radius around trees and the like.

A 6" uncut radius (Deere spec) was a big selling factor for to get an AWS X754 with the 60" deck. I assume this would hold true with a ZTR.
 

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The larger deck should have a tighter cutting radius around trees and the like.

A 6" uncut radius (Deere spec) was a big selling factor for to get an AWS X754 with the 60" deck. I assume this would hold true with a ZTR.
Thanks. My dealer thinks I'll get a better cut and less bouncing with the 54. I don't have a ton of straightaways so maybe it's worth sticking with the 54" on the z540? The 60 will stick out quite a ways?
 

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Ask the dealer if you can try both cutting your lawn. The buy what works for you.
 

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I have a 61" Scag zero turn and a 52" Simplity lawn tractor. I use the 52" were I can't get into with the 61"

My wife like the lawn tractor because it easy to use and not and fast or quick steering like the Scag.

The smaller mower will take longer time to cut lawn lets say 2 acers than the larger mower. But if you have a lot of trees or bushes with tight space between them the smaller mower would be your best choice.

I use to cut my 3 acers with a old 54" scott lawn tractor it took me about 3 hours plus doing the trim a total of 5 hours.
Now I can do the every thing in 2 hour.
The Scag 61 eats up the large part of cutting. The 52 Simplity cut twice as fast over the old 54" and gets closer to the trees.

The trim time was also less because I can get closer to the scrubs. Cutting the bushes and weed wacking stayed the same.

It all depends on your lawn and size and shape, hills, flat, etc.
 

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If a 60" will fit in between your obstacles I'd go with it. I have a 54" and I find that I have to watch the rear tires when going around obstacles rather than the deck. I think a wider deck would allow for closer trimming in a lot of cases without having to worry about the rear tires, at least in my case.

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I generally recommend going with the larger decks. But your probably not going to save much time mowing with the 60” deck. The advantage of a wider deck on a tractor is the uncut circle is smaller. A Z-turn turns so tight, deck width makes little difference. You may be able to travel faster with the 54”.
 

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We've got about 5 acres we cut, mostly open but with a line of trees near a fence.

Faced with this decision last year we got the z530m with the 54" deck because it fits in close places better and will require less follow-up with a string trimmer or push mower. With the 54" deck we still cut the entire yard in just a couple of hours -- I doubt the 6" bigger deck would save us more time in the flats than it would require extra time following up.

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We've got about 5 acres we cut, mostly open but with a line of trees near a fence.

Faced with this decision last year we got the z530m with the 54" deck because it fits in close places better and will require less follow-up with a string trimmer or push mower. With the 54" deck we still cut the entire yard in just a couple of hours -- I doubt the 6" bigger deck would save us more time in the flats than it would require extra time following up.

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I ended up going with a 54". Had a look at the 60 and it seemed too big on the 500 series frame. My yard is around 2 acres but pretty technical lots of trees and only a bit of long straightaways. I think I made the right choice thanks all for the input!
 
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