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Old 10-07-2006, 10:23 PM
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ZTR towing capacity

What is the best ZTR if any for pulling a trailer? Does anyone know of the tow ratings on Kubota, JD, Gravely etc.? I have a neighbor that wants to sell his JD 445 garden tractor to get a ZTR but wants to know if it will pull a trailer load of wood for the winter.

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Old 10-07-2006, 10:26 PM
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Most do not list tow ratings.

I'm thinking only Dixie Chopper does.
A lot of guys tow with ZTR's, but I never have.
To me, I just don't see them as "built for it" if you know what I mean.
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:37 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I kind of thought the same thing but told my neighbor that I would ask anyway.

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Old 10-07-2006, 10:53 PM
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maybe something small like a little dump cart. i think if a standard rider can pull one then a ztr should be able too.
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Old 10-07-2006, 11:10 PM
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AN aerator will be fine, dump cart whatever. I mean what are you trying to tow? I wouldn't use it to make a boat around the yard or anything simialr in wieght. But a dethatcher, Aerator, roller etc... thats fine. Esp. for the ones with coolers for the hyd. pumps.
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Old 10-07-2006, 11:26 PM
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All these Hyd. motor driven mowers are capable of WAY more than we use them for... It's not like it's a car transmission where you might burn out the clutch pack. If you don't slam it in "fast forward" I suppose you could TOW (keyword:TOW) about 1 TON, as long as it were free-wheeling and not dragging (sled style)
Gratned they SO bogg down when you hit THICK grass.. but you have to remember... the belt drive ratio's make an engine that seems like it should not be "bogg-able" bogg... will not apply to the "DRIVE" system. You will have to go easy on your drive system, but it's capable of WAY, WAY more than just mowing.
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Old 10-07-2006, 11:54 PM
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.... I bag to differ with you. Especially, with KUBOTA'S ZD28's and all the problems they have had with their (hydrostats) transmissions .

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All these Hyd. motor driven mowers are capable of WAY more than we use them for... It's not like it's a car transmission where you might burn out the clutch pack. If you don't slam it in "fast forward" I suppose you could TOW (keyword:TOW) about 1 TON, as long as it were free-wheeling and not dragging (sled style)
Gratned they SO bogg down when you hit THICK grass.. but you have to remember... the belt drive ratio's make an engine that seems like it should not be "bogg-able" bogg... will not apply to the "DRIVE" system. You will have to go easy on your drive system, but it's capable of WAY, WAY more than just mowing.
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Old 10-08-2006, 12:18 AM
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Ah,hem..... let me continue...

Hydraulic pumps, and Hyd. motors. usually top out at about 3600-4800 lbs. and that usually due to limitations caused bt the "weakest link, which is usually a Hyd. hose. (or even the cast hyd pump its self.

I have on occasion seen a hyd. pump that blew up or stripped a shaft due to overworking it... usually they have a bypass that opens if the pressure gets too high.

am I getting to technical?
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Old 10-08-2006, 12:22 AM
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No, you're not too technical for us.

When it gets too technical, we ask for mowtech to chime in.
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Old 10-08-2006, 01:02 AM
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I weigh 250lbs and I pull small trees out with a home depot cub cadet 22hp kawi.

It does a great job and saves a bunch of time. In fact, I have had my partner stand on the back of the mower whilst pulling the trees out to add more weight. I wouldn't do it daily or attempt large trees but it sure as hell does the job.
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