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head_start
06-22-2010, 08:41 AM
what is it :confused:? i seem to get my ztr stuck a lot when mowing ditches :hammerhead:. is it just becuase i don't do it right, or do i have a bad mower for ditches (front mount deck)? tips on mowing the ditches would be great

All_Toro_4ME
06-22-2010, 08:52 AM
You probably arent going to like this response, but I had a 10 acre property last year with huge steep ditches in the front of the property. The same thing happened to me, I would get stuck or take out huge chunks of earth from the side of the deck with the Z. I took the guards off the trimmer and trimmed the dithces out. In the end, it took about the same time as with the Z.

topsites
06-22-2010, 09:51 AM
Yup, learned that the hard way too, now I either use a Wb or the trimmer,
of course that's only after I got the Z stuck for the second time in the same ditch.

Glenn Lawn Care
06-22-2010, 02:46 PM
i use a walk behind to mow ditches, it easier and i dont worry about getting stuck.

watatrp
06-22-2010, 02:52 PM
Check out this bit of engineering from Richard Martin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yyoJU49-68

Chilehead
06-22-2010, 03:37 PM
A ditch is easy work for a walk-behind, especially a hydro. If your Z is tearing it up or getting stuck, you may be forced to using a string trimmer.

head_start
06-22-2010, 04:02 PM
its a good thing i have a good string trimmer then? ok cool, the trimmer it is, becuase i seem to not have a walk-behind, yet. thank you

deere-man
06-22-2010, 05:55 PM
The string trimmer is your best bet. Sadly enough. Taking the guard off will help; you can feed more line.

mark123
06-22-2010, 06:49 PM
Even my walk behind gets stuck so I just get as close as I can and then I take out the whacker and finish it up.

ajslands
06-22-2010, 06:55 PM
I've gotten my z stuck on a pond incline 3-4 times in the same spot. Went WWII ing one of the times :angry:
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Darryl G
06-22-2010, 07:12 PM
I agree...walk behind. If I feel like I'm starting to get stuck, I can stop and reverse and pull my way out. It helps that I can see the rear tires well too. With a Z, I never seem to realize I'm in trouble until it's too late, and once the tires pack with much, it's all over.

crhoades68
07-07-2010, 11:31 AM
Depending on the whether or not the ground is wet determines how I approach a ditch. After getting stuck once and several close calls I have learned to feel when the back end is ready to let go or spin. When I feel it slip I simply gun it but only on properties where it doesn't matter (owner's specs). If the ground is wet don't try it. Getting stuck is not only a time waster but very embarrassing!!!:o

jvanvliet
07-07-2010, 05:48 PM
Check out this bit of engineering from Richard Martin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yyoJU49-68

ingeneous;

or you can use a walk behind or string trimmer.

Richard Martin
07-07-2010, 06:23 PM
ingeneous;

or you can use a walk behind or string trimmer.

Thank You. :usflag: