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Old 04-05-2010, 12:21 AM
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I would think you would spin out backing up a hill light that and if you lose traction while going down, you will be going for a ride. Id get some good pictures of it at different angles and there will be some decent feedback!!
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:46 AM
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consider also - large hills are very hard on your hydros (pumps and motors)- and it would take it's tall
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:51 AM
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I've done some pretty steep hills in the past but none near 40 degrees. And honestly, I wouldn't touch a hill that was 40 degrees or steeper with a ztr, it would have to be a wb.

I'm pretty sure that most ztr manufacturers say not to use a ztr on a slope more than 15 or 20 degrees. I've done hills about 30 degrees, maybe slightly steeper, but my mower was sliding when going sideways and had a heck of a time going straight up the hill (almost stalled the engine when cutting). That was the steepest hill I would have wanted to cut with my bob-cat ztr.

From how your describing the hill you have to mow, I would get a wb. If you flip that ztr while mowing, that is going to be one hell of a ride to the bottom of the hill. If you do decide to do it, have an employee have 911 on speed-dial...better yet just call your local FD and ambulance service and have them standby on site because I know what's going to happen and you'll want a quick response from them.

Stay safe out there!!
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:00 AM
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Just get a Hustler with the roll cage, then you would be set!!
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:20 AM
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Sorry you can't pay me enough to use a Z on a steep hill, I'd rather trim an
acre worth of that with a dang string trimmer before I chance it.

It's just not worth it, depending how steep but once it gets to a point, no way.

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Just curious on this question: has anyone ever tried mowing straight down and going up backwards (to prevent flipping over backwards on the way up)? Would that be a viable option if all else fails?
Yeah, pull that stunt and you'll head straight down hill face first and fast, in fact so fast you'll be lucky if circumstance gives you
the chance to somehow pull out of it, I would suggest getting a larger deck Wb and practice with those for about 5 years or better.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:21 AM
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:47 AM
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Here's one for you Richard. It's not the steepest hill ever mowed but it steep enough to lose control if it's wet.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:37 AM
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The next time I go back to MD (in July probably) I'm going to get pics of the steepest hill I used to do with my Dixie. We don't have any hills to speak of here in Eastern Carolina.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:54 AM
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Here is one pic from the road. It doesnt do the hill much justice. From here it looks more towards the 30-35 range to me. But Ive been just on the other side of those trees looking at it and I'd call it 35+ from there.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:34 AM
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Here is one pic from the road. It doesnt do the hill much justice. From here it looks more towards the 30-35 range to me. But Ive been just on the other side of those trees looking at it and I'd call it 35+ from there.
I put a protractor in your hill. It's about 16°.
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