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Old 06-20-2013, 04:41 PM
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Turning on a Sulky?

Please excuse my ignorance-

I just installed a sulky on my exmark walk behind. I cannot figure out how to effectively turn with it. I try and do a 180 turn and the platform I stand on goes perpendicular to the mower, causing the handle bars to crash into my hips. Also, when walking and turning I have to muscle the mower back a few inches on the turn or else I will leave a little circle of grass the mower misses by not making a true zero point turn. How to I prevent this on a sulky?

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:01 PM
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What kind of sulky? Trailer?
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:39 PM
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Turning on a Sulky?

Y turn or 3 point turn. Also prevents turf tear
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:55 PM
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You really can't. You have run a perimeter and use that for turn around or run staggered cuts.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:57 PM
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It's a harvest 2 wheel. Never thought sulkys would be so in convienent
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:26 PM
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:57 PM
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You may be to close to the mower. Is there any adjustment in the connecting shaft to make it longer?
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:05 PM
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i would go around the perimeter twice. also do the y turn. at the end of the cut, turn into the part that hasnt been cut and back up then you will have a straight cut down your next strip. backing up sulky is just like a trailer it can jacknife,but with time you will get it. good luck. thats how i do it , but each person has to find what works for them.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:17 PM
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Belt drive or hydro?

I hate the trailer style, like your mentioning. The type that stays directly behind the mower are much easier to use. I'm having a hard time justifying a stander over a turf tracer because I feel so confident on my wheels.

I have a pro one sulky, and love it.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:21 PM
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It sounds like your sulky is a trailer model. When using a trailer model sulky (over against a caster mode sulky), you give up some of the zero-turn functionality of the mower. You are probably observing that you cannot turn the machine around in the same way you did without the sulky.

As somebody suggested, you need to make a two part turn -- one segment being a reversing direction to get positioned properly for the next pass.

A caster sulky enables you to retain full zero-turn function. But, your mower may not be able to handle a caster mode, or you may not like the added length of the combo fixed together.
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