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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowerconsultant, Sep 23, 2003.
The new Hustler ATZ in action........
Not without that ROPS!
The job site....
looks nice mower consultant........but out of my $$$$$ range.....
ugh..i need to get some better lawns
The operator stopping to take a break....lol....
Even if my machine could, (Scag Tiger Cub) I don't think I would have the guts to!
Looks like you only have to cut a few feet up the hill. Is this correct? If not, I'd like to see the final product.
We cut a retention pond once every three weeks.
Are the rops standard like the 04 exmark or are they optional?
I do like the tires on it,are they standard as well?
Well.....first I'm willing to bet that the slope the ATZ is crossing is much steeper than it looks in the picture. I say that for two reasons. ONE is of course judging from the building in the background, the camera may be tilted down on the left, making the slope look flatter than it is. TWO cameras seldom capture an image that does slopes justice, always making them appear to be less of an incline.
I hope you don't mind, but I copied that first picture to send to a friend to adjust vertically in two ways. ONE based on the building in the background and TWO based on the position of the operators head, as we tend to hold our heads level out of habit....well most of the time.
Was a slope meter used to measure where the machine was used? That's about the only way to get a true indication.
Now I give Huslter 2 THUMBS UP for exploring into this area of need.
Now a couple of things I have found strange about the ATZ design are the extended wheelbase and the backwards direction the bar tires are mounted.
I can't figure any other reasoning behind the longer wheel base other than for the benefit of the ROPS installation and that it might have a small effect on how easy the machine would tip backwards. Otherwise, in my mind I can only see negative effects in handling from the long wheelbase.
As for the tires, mounting in that direction would increase forward drive traction. I can also see where that added forward drive traction would help the lower tire get more traction when mowing across slopes. But opposite, the upper tire would have less grip "if" the front end began to turn downhill. In my experience I had came to the conclusion that loss of control was gererally more so the fault of the upper tire loosing grip. Also I would think running the tires in that direction would rob the machine of some needed traction while coming down a hill.
But maybe I am totally wrong here. It wouldn't be the first time, and Hustler's ability to "think outside the box" might be just what makes this machine a true slope master.
Care to comment on any of this???????
umm umm no!