I need a Speedometer for zero turn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by horseman201, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. horseman201

    horseman201 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 153

    I need a speedometer for my Bunton zero turn and was looking at a bicycle speedometer but didn't know if I needed a computer or manual. What do you guys think?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    What is the purpose of having a speedomter on your mower may I ask?
  3. horseman201

    horseman201 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 153

    I am going to get either a JRCO or LESCO broadcast spreader and I have to maintain 3 mph. LESCO says that you can go faster if you open the spreader up more but I am looking more for consistancy to spread.
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    way to think ahead. Do you really need it though? Can you just get the feel for the speed? I mean after a couple of applications you should be able to tell approx where you need to be at. It's compariable to the walking speed for an applicator. He is not necessarily going to be going the same speed every time, but approx the same speed.
  5. ddthomas2

    ddthomas2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    You can use the throttle to regulate speed with the controls all the way forward. Then you can simply go back to the same tach setting next time.
  6. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    I always run the throttle and full other wise you reduce the power the blades have and will bog down
  7. KDJ

    KDJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    If you have to know how fast you're going, I would say try a GPS system.
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    He is running a spreader. Blades should not be turned on during this time.
    Running a lower throttle does not damage the engine in any way. I have worked with many good small engine mechanics, somewhat apprenticed by one of them, and i do alot of my own work. My garden tractors rarely run at full throttle as i'm usually just dragging something around the yard or whatever. No need to race the motor if it is not under a load.
    Now, on my Z, 3 mph with the sticks all the way foward you'd be at just a hair above idle, and there is little power there to move a 1,000# machine (plus operator and spreader weight), due to the fact that those hydraulics suck alot of power. If you were only on flat ground that'd probably work ok, but for this particular application i think you need about medium throttle and just get a feel for the speed. I don't think they mean exactly 3.0 mph, just as close as you can get. I don't know squat about spreading materials like that but i do not beleive they truly expect anyone to maintain exactly 3.0 mph with no changes in speed. Just my opinion.
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  9. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,925

    You will travel 264 feet in one minute if you are running 3 miles per hour, measure that distance off and time your self driving that distance a few times and you have the feel for that speed. Your mower is designed to run at a certain rpm setting so you need to govern your speed with the hydraulics.
  10. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 847

    ah sorry I missed the spreader part

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