Mine is 61" w/29hp water cooled. I have a couple of fields i mow regularly about once pr month. with all of the rain we have been having this spring, i mowed both last week a week late and one of them was 2.5 feet tall in one area. I go thru the field going arod and around and at mowing height of 5-1/2". any higher and it leaves a lot of bent flat grass. At 5-1/2" it comes out rough. I then go over the entire field a gain going back and forth as I would a fine lawn. That trip I mow at 4-1/2" and it comes out smooth and not too bad for clippings. Some of the worst spots i might hit a third time this time of year. The mower moves along pretty fast. fast enough that i do bounce around quite a lot.
I had one front mount with 54" deck, but it is almost impossible to mow across a hillside. it is a lot better than the mid mounts for trimming around beds and trees. I will say, either type is a bit dangerous in some situations on hillsides. The mid mounts are dangerous going down a hill frontwards. If they start to slide, forget it. They won't stop. The front mounts handle going down a hill frontwards, but if the hill is steep, they only way to get back up is to back up. If it turns around on you, you might as well get off and take a walk. Go get the camera and take a pic of the disaster.
A few years ago, i had just taken my vac pac off of my Skag mid mount. i had not taken the extra weight off of the front that was there to keep stability to the mower on hillsides with the weight of full buckets on the back. I was mowing across a terraced section. At the end, there was a turn down the hill alonside of a stone wall. i had made that turn hundreds of times. A piece of cake?
As I made the turn, the mower started to slide towards the stone wall. there was a car beside the wall. the wall was slightly higher than the front of the car. As I started to slide, i yanked back on the levers to go into reverse. i actually left two very clear tracks as I continued to slide towards the edge of the wall. i finally ralized I was not going to stop so i tried guiding parallel to the top of the wall.
A couple of minutes laer, i was knocking on the door of the owner's house and asking, "Is the owner of the grey Honda inside?"
The owner was summoned. As he approached me, still inside of the house, he asked, "Can i help you?"
I'm not sure. Do you own that Honda out by the wall.
Well, I thought you might like to know that somebody just parked a lawnmower on top of it.
Are you kidding me?
No. why don't you come out and look. That car looks like a real handy spot for parking lawnmowers.
I was fortunate the guy had a sense of humor. He actually laughed when I told him I had insurance.
Another time, i was loading a mid mount on my truck. The ramps were a little steeper than they had been the year before. i had just put a new dump body on the chassis that was four inches higher than before. I had no problem backing off the truck, but when i went to reload, the mower tipped up and the first thing I knew, I was looking at a 550 lb mower coming straigtht at me with me flat on my back. The adrenaline kicked in and i managed to get my feet and hands into the air. I actually tossed that mower about three feet off to the side. When I got to my feet, I could not move the machine. I had to go to another job and bring a couple of my other crew to help me get the mower back on its wheels. I, nor the mower, were any the worse for wear. I never again have loaded a rider by driving frontwards up a ramp. In fact, i have, since that episode, loaded my riders only onto my trailer.