View Full Version : Help....Which Mower should I use?

03-20-2007, 09:13 PM
I am going to be mowing a large sized property that has a very large embankment on one side that is about a 45 degree angle. I was quite surprised to hear that the previous company mowed it with a rider. I have two mowers in my fleet. An Exmark Phaser and a Sears Craftsman. Do I need to be concerned with oil not circulating through the engine on either two of these machines because of the angle these riding mowers would be on?

03-20-2007, 09:32 PM
Kabota 4x4's are high quality for hills -- probably the best.

Personally.....I would not bid on this property.

Too much trouble & risks.

03-20-2007, 09:35 PM
Craftsman? Sell it while it runs. I use my Toro Z on crazy hills. Its a 60 inch with the 23 hp diesel engine. No problems. Your mowers may be too small. Just be careful and dont take too much risk, when you feel it giving out, get something different.

03-20-2007, 11:31 PM
We do some ditches and I noticed our Kohler 15hp tapping and discovered that when the pickup side was uphill it did make a difference. We stopped that practice and went to weed eaters.

03-21-2007, 01:17 AM
No riders are made for 45 degrees. You may need to check the slope angle again, 45 degrees is extremely steep.

03-21-2007, 08:24 AM
I'll take a picture of the hill and post it

03-21-2007, 08:37 AM
You can't even walk up or down a 45 degree slope let alone operate a mower.

03-21-2007, 10:09 AM
have those pix yet?

03-21-2007, 12:15 PM
I was in Colorado last week, and we were on 45 degree slopes, and I can guarantee you would not be cutting with a ztr on that kind of grade.

03-21-2007, 12:27 PM
Yeah a 45 degree angle would be hard to walk on let alone using a rider or Z. Whatever mower you use to cut this hill make sure it has full pressure lubrication if it doesn't you may ruin your engine. You may also want to consider that the average house roof is between 25-35 degree angle

03-21-2007, 01:35 PM
show us some pics of it

03-21-2007, 11:24 PM
This is 45 degrees.

Rolling Thunder roller coaster is a 45 degree drop.

03-22-2007, 09:49 AM
This is 45 degrees.

Rolling Thunder roller coaster is a 45 degree drop.


What do you use to mow those slopes? The ones on my property look about as steep, but when I measured them they are actually less than 45 degrees. Nonetheless, they are steep enough for my 21" walk-behind to have occasionally rolled over a few times. I also have an Exmark ZTR, but there's no way I would use it on those slopes. That 21" had skinny tires and not enough power to climb the hills as well as no brakes going down, so I had to mow across the face of the hill. I did that for years though, but this winter I bought a Quick 36 with the Kawasaki engine. Being winter, there's no grass to mow yet, but I did run it up, down and across the slopes, and I think it's going to work out ok. I chose the Kawasaki over the Briggs because there were some reports on these pages that the single-cylinder Briggs engines smoked a lot on hills and although I searched, I couldn't find any reports that this happened with any Kawasaki engine on any brand of mower.

03-22-2007, 09:20 PM
LarryF, those are just pics I pulled off google to show 45 degree slopes. My wife mows a steep one with our Walker but it ain't no 45 degrees.
PS, don't the two guys on this end look a little too close for comfort?

DAV Mowers
03-22-2007, 09:55 PM
Hustler does sell a rider that will mow 45 degrees. I don't see it on their web site but my dealer has some bookets that show them mowing with it. It's used mostly on highways and the steep embakments.