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Ditch mowing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Belgium, May 30, 2012.

  1. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162

    Allright looks like i've got 3 options to avoid the trimmers. I think i'm going to demo the ferris first. If that doesn't work i can always try with a pushmower or maybe a tow-behind trailmower behind my atv or ztr. Appreciate your help guys. Always welcome if you have more/other opinions/experiences. Thanks
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  2. B&SFTW

    B&SFTW LawnSite Member
    Posts: 232

    I know I'm new on here, and I'm sure you know quite a bit, but you don't seem very convincing.

    I've seen your videos, and the mower is impressive, but $15K impressive? no. you need to make production costs less, or something so you can make it a more viable option for people. the guy said plain as day, he only has one side of one ditch his ztr can't mow, and it's only because of a fence.
  3. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 436

    What abt removing handle from 21" & tie short rope from corner to corner where handle was mounted, then tie desired length to center of that. Push mower down & pull back up. When i was a kid my grandfather did this on a hill at his house. U could prob leave handle on with rope tied to base of handle, to line mower up for next pass when u get it back to the top. Also seen this done in Niagra Falls with mowers that floated (no wheels or handle)
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  4. B&SFTW

    B&SFTW LawnSite Member
    Posts: 232

    when I worked for a hotel that had a couple fairly steep hills, I mowed them with a 22" craftsman self propelled. it wasn't the safest way, given it was probably a 40 degree slope in many spots, but it was way quicker than a trimmer.
  5. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162

    I like the idea but the only problem is the ditch is too long and i can't stand on top of it because of the fence:-s and i think i can be way faster with a string trimmer than pulling the mower up and down because the ditch isn't that wide; it's just steep and long. None the less, i really appreciate everyone's help (even from the guy with the r/c mower, he also just wants to get new clients :) )
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  6. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,355

    I would keep using the trimmer and just raise my price.
  7. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    Theres a vid on YT of a guy mowing a super steep slope with a Scag WB with dual drive wheels. I couldnt find it unfortunately but...
  8. edensgate7

    edensgate7 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    Spray a plant growth regulator and you will probably only have to trim it once every 6 weeks or so. For the area you are talking about the PGR will probably work out cheaper when you consider the wear and tear on a piece of equip and the man hours spent.
  9. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    That is a great idea!
  10. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,517

    This is kinda what I was talking about but going the other direction on the hill.

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