How do I keep from making ruts in the grass with my walker?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CleanCut5878, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. marckxman

    marckxman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    I live in the Pac NW and wet/soft conditions are the norm here clear into June.

    I am a huge fan of the three point turn. Before I went solo I would train (and re-train) all crews on it every spring.It is the most effective method of getting a WB, stander, or rider turned without damaging the turf. I believe it is far more gentle on the turf then even the "mushroom turn" in the wet.

    I do not agree with some that promote purchasing a different brand of mower in the hope that will sove the problem. Any mower can and will damage the turf if proper care is not taken.

    When people say "Get a Toro!" or other brand they may just be taking this opportunity to tell you about their purchasing decision in comparison to yours.
     
  2. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 652

    I got a Gravely.Same motor,pumps,wheel motors,and tires as the ex-mark.I would think they are close to the same wheight.
    3 point turn
     
  3. LawnRunner

    LawnRunner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    The three point turn on a zero turn does certainly help save the turf. I use this method even on dry turf. When you have wet conditions sometimes you can do damage even using the three point turn. If it is very wet sometimes I will change to a lighter weight mower.
     
  4. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 738

    Go slow around the turns, the 3pt turn is the way to go...turn to the right halfway to make an L, then reverse to go back up along the next stripe! I've seen some inexperienced people going as fast as they can and then turning at the end leaving a perfect circular tire mark in the nice looking lawn...that just shows inexperience, or carelessness! No offense to you!
     

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