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Old 04-16-2010, 12:51 PM
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Topsites, it can actually be expressed both ways. As a ski coach I deal with slope steepness on a daily basis. In that arena it's generally referred to in degrees. A 45 degree slope is pretty dang steep when sliding down it on skis.

Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grade_(slope)
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:06 PM
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i mowed a 40 degree slope bothup and down and sideways with my kubotas. you have to be very easy on controls and be insanely careful of bumps and holes as it will send you sliding
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:30 PM
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Not to argue with a protractor but they say Bristol Motor Speedway has 36 degree banks in the turns, and there's NO way a ZTR would make it straight up and down without sliding backwards or tipping. I walked up the banks myself and had to put my hands out directly in front of me.

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Old 04-18-2010, 09:41 AM
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Actually I just noticed that is wrong too LOL but it really isn't calculated by angles.
Yout right technicallly topsites, but for dscussion purposes comparing the hill as being at an angle to flat makes more sense. People are just more familiar with angles.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:46 AM
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grassman and aaronnc.... ive walked Bristol too and thats a great benchmark for me to compare to, thanks for the opinion. and arronnc, what size kubota, and could you post some pics?

its sounding like i'll have to go out one day and just roll it down the hill and hope i can find a way back up it. lot of varying opinions on this one.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:10 AM
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Sorry mhaley927, I don't own a Kubota. I run a Bobcat. Would love to have a Kubota one day, but my closest dealer is over an hour away. I think that was grassman177 with the Kubotas. Anyways, you could always use a Ventrac: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn6SPjhtpk4&NR=1
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Old 04-18-2010, 12:11 PM
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It's not steep unless your front end picks up (with weights) while going uphill.
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Old 04-18-2010, 12:31 PM
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My front yard is on a 23* angle (according to my angle finder) and one of my properties is I cut them both with my Tiger cub, they do fine on it. Now my in laws have a VERY steep yard Im gonna guess it at 33*-34* There is no way I would even chance my rider on it. I use the walk behind on them.
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:34 PM
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:55 AM
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The problem I have mowing steep hills is if you try to go straight across and start turning just a bit the front end on my gravely will pivot around and then I'm facing downhill and I start sliding. When facing downhill you can't get any traction so you have to get stopped and then pull a quick 180 and hope you get turned around and get facing back uphill.

I have 2 yards that I mow with very steep sections and I mow those parts straight up, turn a bit and back down, turn a bit straight up, etc. Makes my stripes look a little funky but no one has complained yet as I guess they are just happy they don't have to mow the steep part themselves.
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