View Full Version : Extreme hill.....which mower??

03-19-2004, 06:45 PM
I got a call from a guy today that has a house on the lake. He told me over the phone that it was on a hill but I had no idea it was this steep. I'm going to go over tomorrow and take a picture of it, but I was just wondering how steep of a hill can you mow with a mower?? I heard someone tell me along time ago that the oil on 4 cycle mowers drains to one side of the pan and you can burn up a mower. Will my exmark 36" metro be able to cut a hill with say a 35-45 degree slope??

03-19-2004, 06:52 PM
Make sure you take a good pic af the sid eslope, of the hill. Keep your camera level

03-19-2004, 07:01 PM
Never do it with a ztr, and if you have to. Mow at a angle. I've heared of a lot of flip over deaths

03-19-2004, 07:09 PM
there is no way in hell I would attempt it on my ZTR that's why I'm wondering if a walkbehind could even do it. I am going to go over to the house in a few mins I should have a pic on here within a hour or 2.

03-19-2004, 09:08 PM
Your Walk Behind will handle the steepest possible, and a tractor is next as far as side hill ability - Be very carefull with a ZTR. Thanks, Brad

03-19-2004, 09:20 PM
Here is the first picture

03-19-2004, 09:22 PM
whew, its so steep that it looks like a blank wall. thats a bad boy.

03-19-2004, 09:23 PM
It looks like I am going to have to use the 21 incher on it. There is a tree right in the middle of the only entrance accesible by a bigger mower. Will my snapper commercial work on this yard?? The pics don't do justice to how steep the yard really is.

03-19-2004, 09:24 PM
well the first picture didn't work lets try it again!

03-19-2004, 09:30 PM
In the second picture the hill doesnt look so bad. I would try my Z on it. However in real life that hill would seem much more intimidating than it does in the picture. Do you have a hover mower? On steep hills that is the way to go. Alot easier to push around than a standard 21". And on REALLY steep hills you tie a rope around the handle and swing that baby around like tarzan.

03-19-2004, 09:36 PM
Shindaiwa mower.

03-19-2004, 09:38 PM
all these pics suck.....they aren't showing near the steepness of the hill. Here's another one though

03-19-2004, 09:46 PM
we have land fills we mow that are that steep with a tractor and bush hod and a scag 72 in cut we mow around spillways that are steeper no fun ztr wont climb without rearing up depends on how you aproach it. we have a new place we will be mowing april 1st called the plug so steep the sod is sliding down it. no fun about 50 percint weed eating on that one they are all scary but can be done,price accordindly

03-19-2004, 09:55 PM
A WalkBehind will handle quite a bit

03-19-2004, 10:06 PM
We mow a lawn a lot steeper but I can only drive straight up and back down it. The hill part looks a lot like this in terms of size. We began doing it with the walk behind but once I figured I could do it with our Ferris is3000 thatís all I use we get $40 for the lawn and we are in and out in 15 min.

03-19-2004, 10:08 PM
the only thing that would worry me would be the big drop off at the botom of that hill

Gabriel Turf
03-19-2004, 10:20 PM
Sell your new client a Primo Maxx treatment and that will help take some of the labor out of the hill.

03-19-2004, 10:21 PM
Use a 21 on it . Its not that big of an area.

03-19-2004, 10:28 PM
A 21 should be reasonably easy to use on it. It's not huge.

hole in one lco
03-19-2004, 10:30 PM
I hope that the only one you plan on mowing that day, because you are going to need a nap after.:D :D

03-19-2004, 10:31 PM
I know my 52" eXmark hydro w/b would go all over that. My 32" Gravely belt drive would go across it (it is very light in the front, so it doesn't head downhill like some belt drives) but you cannot go downhill with belt drives, they're a runaway freight train!

03-19-2004, 10:42 PM
2k: Hills, hills, hills. They are a challenge. You must phsyc up your men before and let them know how good they done after. Even then they will say that no matter how much you charge, it is not enough.
Wear cleets, two stroke self propelled mowers, start at the bottom and zig zag your way to the top. If it is too steep to mow- weed eat. Like Jaybird said, price accordingly. The risk is much greater and the wear and tear on equipment and you is more.

Mikes Lawn Landscape
03-20-2004, 07:15 AM
Which mower to use:

Somebody else's I'll pass on that one

John Gamba
03-20-2004, 08:02 AM
If you use a 48 Hydro or gear make sure you tie a safety rope to it. That way if you slide or the mower gets a way from you it will not go into the water.
I had an employee put one in a pond because it saved time not to hook up the rope, Well he had to hook it up now under water:mad:

03-20-2004, 09:04 AM
Try a power trac. They have 2 models--one will mow up to 40 degree and another a 45 degree slopes. See http://power-trac.com/tsmclass.htm

03-20-2004, 09:15 AM
I would pass on it.. Not worth the money they would be willing to pay me.


The power trac looks like a great mower but is it really practical for his application??? $24,000 mower for a 5k lawn???:confused:

03-20-2004, 09:30 AM
I have a hill that I do that is the same, 45 degree, My walkbehind goes all over it with no problem.

ACut AboveLandscapin
03-20-2004, 09:58 AM
What ever mower you use, cut on an angle starting from the bottom because the mower won't slip when you turn. If you start at the top you will be more inclined to slide when you turn. Also, Go slow until you learn the hill!!

Premo Services
03-20-2004, 12:13 PM
I do a hill, it is a little steeper than that and I use a 48inch tthp hydro to cut it with. I have never had problems and there is a spot that you can,t hardly stand on, so I use my trimmer for that part.
I would be leary of using a 36 inch mower, I do not think it would hold the hill, because it would not weigh enough, I don,t know much about the 36 inch models though..
is it a belt drive??
if it was wet, you would have a real problem with the belts.

As stated be careful, because some thing might happen in a blikk of an eye, and then you are up the stinky creek without a paddle...
:eek: :eek:

mdb landscaping
03-20-2004, 12:19 PM
you would be an absolute moron if you mowed that with a Z. use a hydro walkbehind and dont mow when its wet.