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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by awm, Mar 2, 2001.

  1. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    Im really getting some nice compliments on my lawns.
    Ill need to carry a bag of seed until I can stop
    spinning wheels an such.The grounds still wet here.
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Hey AWM,
    I tore my back lawn up the first couple of days playing with mine. I just take extra care on customers and have been teaching myself to make it the 3 point turn.
  3. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,266

    Yeah, I used to go through some turf =). I learned the 3 point turn and though it takes a second longer its a whole lot better then having a row of dirty bald spots =).
  4. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    I might be do in it already but exsplain the 3 pt turn
  5. 1stclasslawns

    1stclasslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    As you finish a cut only turn 90 deg, then you back up turning another 90deg, there you have it a 180deg turn. The big trick is to keep both back tires turning at all times if a tire sits still your tearing up turf.
  6. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    Its just like driving a car. When you come to the end of your row i pull back slightly on the left lever.... while pushing forward on the right.....until i become a little more than 90 degrees then in one motion i pull back more on the left lever and a bit less on the right until i back up in line for the next run. I am not the best at explaining things but this should give you the idea. Im not sure it may be on Erics site.
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    Ill work on it.LATER ON
  8. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Keep trying, you will get it AWM. ;)
  9. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,117

    AWM, you may be doing it just right. I bought a Chopper 2 years ago and mastered the turn really quick and thought this is really easy. Then last year it seems as though the ground was always wet. We were above the average rain amounts all year long, well either I turned into a poor turner over the winter or its very difficult to not tear turf when it is really wet. Plus in areas where there is even a little grub damage you can do serious damage. I'd guess your doing it right but just have bad conditions. You'll find out come summer time when most lawns are dried out.
  10. brandy

    brandy LawnSite Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 76

    Practice makes perfect. When the ground is really wet or the turf is really thin it will always tear. Sometimes it is best to move over and cut one line over and come back to cut the swath right next to the last strip. We have found doing this on really thin lawns and under the trees when on shady type grasses to work alittle better!!!

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