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JLB611
10-03-2006, 09:42 AM
I am new to the site and I am trying to decide which mower would be best. I mow near an acre yard, 3/4 of the yard is flat and 1/4 of the yard is at a 20 to 25 degree slope at is steepest. By what I have read the Hustler mini fastrack and the Hustler fastrack seem to be good on hills.

LarryF
10-03-2006, 10:47 AM
I am new to the site and I am trying to decide which mower would be best. I mow near an acre yard, 3/4 of the yard is flat and 1/4 of the yard is at a 20 to 25 degree slope at is steepest. By what I have read the Hustler mini fastrack and the Hustler fastrack seem to be good on hills.

Almost sounds like you're describing my yard. You didn't post a photo, but 25 degrees is pretty steep to take a ZTR on. Mine is also about that steep in places and I won't do it on those areas. Some of the pros might, but not me. And the guys who work for the LCO who do my neighbor's lawn, which has a slope that isn't quite as steep as mine, don't either. They use a walk behind mower. If you are thinking of using the ZTR you buy on that slope, I'd suggest you first demo the one you have your eye on. I hope it will do what you want, but I supect it won't, in which case you'll also need something else for the 25-degree areas.

runningdeer
10-03-2006, 12:01 PM
I just bought a mini fastrak and love it. I drove it all over the dealership and their hills. I couldn't get it to slide or spin. It appears to be very stable. I paid $4031 and that's with 7% sales tax and a bagger ar $570. Check them out!

Steelratt
10-03-2006, 12:45 PM
Hustlers seem to have a low center of gravity as opposed to there ZTRs. My new gravely 44z is not supposed to do well on hills, and definately seems more top heavy than the mini fastracks I've seen. If you are taller, go for the mini, since (surprisingly) it has more legroom than the regular fastrack.

JLB611
10-03-2006, 01:46 PM
I think I am going to try to test both the minifastrack and the fastrack. I have sat on a few smaller ztr's not hustlers and have felt cramped on them and I am 6' It seems that they are a real high quality mower for a homeowner.

Steelratt
10-03-2006, 02:10 PM
I think I am going to try to test both the minifastrack and the fastrack. I have sat on a few smaller ztr's not hustlers and have felt cramped on them and I am 6' It seems that they are a real high quality mower for a homeowner.

They ARE high quality, especially compared to the residential toros and cubs you see at Home Depot and the like.

LarryF
10-03-2006, 07:23 PM
Hustlers seem to have a low center of gravity as opposed to there ZTRs.

I believe all of the high-quality ZTRs have a low center of gravity. My fear isn't so much that mine will tip over; rather, it might slip downhill if the slope is too steep. And once it starts to slide down the hill, it's not clear to me what procedure should be followed to get out of that predicament. In one recent post, one of the pros reported that he had to bail out of a ZTR sliding down a hill. Seems to me he's lucky to be alive to write about it. I presume the back wheels were on the downhill side, and he was able to leap uphill. If the front wheels were on the downhill side and he jumped out, the machine might have run over him with the blades spinning. Also, if you have to negotiate a turn where it's steep, it might be hard to control, and that might also induce slipping downhill.

Steelratt
10-03-2006, 10:24 PM
I believe all of the high-quality ZTRs have a low center of gravity. My fear isn't so much that mine will tip over; rather, it might slip downhill if the slope is too steep. And once it starts to slide down the hill, it's not clear to me what procedure should be followed to get out of that predicament. In one recent post, one of the pros reported that he had to bail out of a ZTR sliding down a hill. Seems to me he's lucky to be alive to write about it. I presume the back wheels were on the downhill side, and he was able to leap uphill. If the front wheels were on the downhill side and he jumped out, the machine might have run over him with the blades spinning. Also, if you have to negotiate a turn where it's steep, it might be hard to control, and that might also induce slipping downhill.

No, I mean LOW. The mini-fastracks I have seen look like cart racers. My gravely's seat definately sits higher.

LarryF
10-03-2006, 10:36 PM
No, I mean LOW. The mini-fastracks I have seen look like cart racers. My gravely's seat definately sits higher.

And you think your Gravely could tip over on a 25-degree slope?

Steelratt
10-03-2006, 10:43 PM
I'll never know ;)

LarryF
10-04-2006, 09:04 AM
I'll never know ;)
Not wanting to even find out sounds like a smart decision! I'm not going to experiment with my machine either. But mine weighs about a thousand pounds and a lot, I think most, of that weight is in the deck, so I'm skeptical that it would start to tip at 25 degrees even with someone sitting in the seat.

JLB611
10-04-2006, 09:47 AM
Talking about being concerned about slipping and not tipping over. What is the best way to mow, side to side, up and down, or at an angle (diagonal)?

LarryF
10-04-2006, 11:46 AM
Talking about being concerned about slipping and not tipping over. What is the best way to mow, side to side, up and down, or at an angle (diagonal)?

If you do a search on that topic, you may see conflicting answers. And by the way, I've also heard of suggestions to use AG (Agricultural) tires for better traction (but not too good for the grass I suppose), and filling tires with windshield-wiper fluid or some other antifreeze solution to add weight to them. But I believe the best suggestion of all if you are on any kind of rider mower is to simply stay off any slope with more than a 15-degree pitch. Below that, certainly under 10 degrees, I don't think it really matters.

kevreiland
11-24-2006, 01:50 AM
Not sure if your still looking for a mower - nor do i know how much your willing to spend?

But the mower which would be best for your slope is a walk behind (most for your money) or a "walker" brand mower.

You can find walk behind units at your local dealers (pick one you trust!)

Below is the link to a consumer grade "walker" - which would be more then enough mower for your home. If looking, make sure you purchase "AT" tires so you'll be able to maneuver in any direction on the slope. And be sure to look into the upgraded (padded) seat with arm rest for a sense of security.

http://www.walkermowers.com/index.htm1?section=products

I've mowed up to 29 degrees so far with a "walker" in ever direction and never lost control. We took a mid mount mower on the same slope - we were able to drive up the hill, however we didn't have any control driving down or sideways on the slope.

If you don't have a "walker" dealer, you may try other front mount mowers (grass hopper)

Best of luck!