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Front Brakes on a Zero Turn Mower!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ted corriher, Jan 22, 2009.


    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    we all know guys will take the mower where it shouldent go but they will do it so why not have a safty to help
    nice job
  2. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 620

    Great idea. But we all have to ask ourselves a few questions. With how America and other areas of the World can get obsessed with lawns,, don't we do some bad landscaping that creates dangerous areas to mow and don't we mow on some steep hills that we really shouldn't be mowing on? I gave a bid on a 13 acre lawn around a cheese factory. It was mostly wide open but on the east end there was this hill that was at least 30 degrees if not steeper. I told the manager it was too steep and unsafe to mow and he disagreed. I could have mowed most of that hill if I put duals on the back of my tractor but I still would have been risking my life.
    I think you have a good product and I'd guess you will make a living off of either selling them aftermarket or exclusive to one of the ZTR companies. But aren't some people with these brakes on their ZTR just going to push the envelope even further?
  3. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,597

    Some people WILL push the envelope even further no matter what you do. Mowers could mow at 40 mph, turn/stop on a dime, etc, etc. Those people are called, STUPID.
  4. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,804

    seems like a good Idea....but lets just wait and see if it the $60 your saying..I have a feeling this will be a $500 option!
  5. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    This is EXACTLY what I was thinking !!
  6. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    I agree with topsites about training the operators !!
  7. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    lmao ... !!!
  8. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    Do you mean a tow behind deck mower ??
  9. Blunt

    Blunt LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    I use 4 wheel drive with a tow behind rough field mower on parts of 2 lawns that i do. One because i need 4-wheel differential lock to get up the hills on the second its simply to wet and rough for a lawnmower. When a atv is up over its rims in soup I doubt a ztr would be a good choice. The tow behind tends to get hung up easily as well due to the long tongue
  10. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    Kabota makes a 4wd garden tractor. It would be more bulky but a 4wd ZTR isn't out of the question! I have ideas but don't have the resources to do anything about it.

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