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Old 11-11-2013, 05:16 PM
Chuckduck Chuckduck is offline
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What size is it? I have a wright 36" and it's tough !
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:35 PM
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What size is it? I have a wright 36" and it's tough !
Yea it's a 36. I'm just struggling with it. I know there's a learning curve but I might just end up getting a trimstar.
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:03 PM
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I'm actually selling mine and looking for a used 36" turf tracer I believe probably a year or two old. The other thing is I don't think the cut is as good and I've noticed there is some rutting.
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:38 PM
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when we first got our Sentar it DID take some time and practice. The more you are on it the quicker you will get the hang of it. I pretty much hold the yellow bar with my hands and steer more with my thumbs or towards that portion of my hands anyway and it works well. I almost never use the other side of the handles (closest to the engine) as I find those to be very unstable.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:23 PM
ColliCut Land Mgmt ColliCut Land Mgmt is offline
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Good discussion... I have a hard time making straight lines too, and wondered if it was better to watch the tracks a few feet out front, or to focus on a far-away obstacle and not look down... I use a 48" SCAG walk-behind.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:13 PM
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it's always best to look farther forward. try and use the same mentality as when your driving a car. do you look at the end of the hood or down the road?
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:52 PM
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every little bump you hit transfers to your hands and makes you go off course a bit. I can get straight lines but not as straight as my z rider. You have to really pay attention
Same with me.

I demoed a Wright and eXmark. I couldn't run either one in a straight line. I found it very unnerving trying to maintain balance/leaning forward, minding my direction, trying to not input to the controls, handle bumps, etc. It's definitely difficult to a newbie. Sitting on a ZTR takes out almost all the involuntary control input and results in much straighter lines, for me.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:57 AM
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if your having issues with bumps throwing you off course, your being far too stiff on the machine. loosen up and allow your knees to absorb the impact. i find standers to be much easier on the body. how are you gripping the controls? I use my thumbs to steer the mower, keeping a light touch is key
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:59 AM
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there is also an adjustment on the rods you can do to slow the machine down and make it less responsive. look in your manual it'll tell you how to do it. might be something to try, and switch back once you get good at it
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:50 AM
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if your having issues with bumps throwing you off course, your being far too stiff on the machine. loosen up and allow your knees to absorb the impact. i find standers to be much easier on the body. how are you gripping the controls? I use my thumbs to steer the mower, keeping a light touch is key
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there is also an adjustment on the rods you can do to slow the machine down and make it less responsive. look in your manual it'll tell you how to do it. might be something to try, and switch back once you get good at it
Would've been nice to have someone like you around, when I was running these machines. It was obvious the dealer's salesman had no clue about them and had never mowed for a living. I pointed out the difference in hydraulic feel between the machines and he tried to argue there wasn't a difference. I told him "Get on them and tell me there's no difference.". He obliged and agreed there was a difference. Argh!!!
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