Originally Posted by FarmerCharlie
I picked up the new Gizmow today. Here she is:
This afternoon, in a couple of hours I managed to cut the approximately 4 acres surrounding the pond and my house. I had planted grass around my new pond last year and installed about 15 PVC irrigation pipes radiating out from the pond. Cutting around the pipes makes for lots of turning. The Gizmow made this a lot faster than with my old Cub Cadet SLT-1554. I was a little surprised that it really does do a zero turn. When I reached the end of a pipe, I easily turned 180 degrees to cut along the other side. The mower is very fast, but when you make a sharp turn, it slows down just enough to feel comfortable with the turn. And the electric deck lift makes it easy to raise it a little while cutting parallel to a pipe, with the edge of the deck sticking slightly over the pipe. The one thing I did not like was that it stops VERY quickly when the cruise control disengages; it feels about like it feels when you run into a low stump with the deck. And sometimes it did disengage for no apparent reason--almost throwing me into the steering wheel.
So far I haven't worked up the nerve to try the back slope of the dam. But I did cut both sides of a ditch that runs in front of the house. As advertised, it held steady while mowing across the slope, which is about 10 degrees. It did not want to turn up the slope, but it never felt unstable, and it did not tend to fall down the slope like a regular ZTR would.
I sure wonder why this brand was not successful. I feel sure the Gizmow would compare favorably with any commercial ZTR.
My back fence neighbor has a commercial lawn cutting business. He was even nice enough to cut my dam the one time it has been cut. He uses ZTRs with a darker and prettier shade of green. I can't wait to show him the new ugly green toy. I'll bet I could literally run circles around him on a good slope.
Bet you had some fun with the new "toy". Nothing like gettin' a new piece of eqp and using it before the "new" wears off!
Although I've never seen a GizMow in person, I think they would be great for people like you that have a lot of slopes to mow, or people that weren't comfortable with using "stick" controlled mowers. I've always wondered how much the lack of marketing had to do with GizMow's lack of popularity. Most people I know have never heard of them.
Anyway, have fun! Stan