Lawn tractor, for a year or so then back to a Z , + Health issues :(any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by blair smock, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. blair smock

    blair smock LawnSite Member
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    Lawn tractor, for a year or so then back to a Z , + Health issues- any suggestions?

    Guys, just got some news that I am going to be laid up for awhile, Doc said it is possible for max of 8 months – 2-different surgeries, basically rebuilding my shoulder and I will have very little use of it. Any way, I planned on full time nxt spring but it looks like my full time job will have to stick around for another year or so. :( I just posted a lot of new equipment that I have been saving up for all summer but it ends up it will just be sitting, so I decided to use the money I get from it, to help live on. My question is this, I hate the idea of loosing some of my existing customers nxt spring- so I was wondering If I purchased a good Lawn tractor with a 52” belly mower. This way I could use my left hand to steer and keep my right arm immobile, also the breaks and gas would be pedals unlike a Zero turn. I could put one of those spinners on the steering wheels to help! Is there any really nice quality of cut belly mowers out there? Any of them have the 1800 blade tip speed? Probably wishful thinking but I hate being laid up. Any thoughts?
     
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    where you live in Ohio blair? pm and I might be able to help you out.

    Mac
     
  3. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why can't you operate a Z with one hand??? I do it all the time.
     
  4. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Blair, I'm sorry about your situation, Your in our prayers.
    Unless your surgeries will render your arm completely use less, I don't see why you can't continue to use your ztr. If the controls are too heavy, maybe consider using it without the dampning that most ztr's have on the control levers... I say this because most, not ALL, riding tractors don't have power steering, and I imagine your left arm will be pretty tired. BTW, I demoed a Dixie, and the VTC controls on it were the #1 thing I liked about it, they were VERY light to the touch... I'm just trying to give you options, as I think going back to a tractor type mower would stunt you're productivity... God bless you man...
     
  5. niceguy

    niceguy LawnSite Member
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    Have you thought about hiring a helper?
     
  6. blair smock

    blair smock LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
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    I , appreciate the input, Have my nephews helping out for the rest of this season with the old equipment. Not sure about the spring though.


     
  7. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
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    A Walker mower is steered with the left hand only, you would only have to push the forward speed control lever with your right arm to start the lawn. Throw on a mulching deck so you dont have to dump.
    Theres also a few joystick mowers, maybe one of them has the the control on the left, are can be moved there.
    I think if you have to crank the wheel on a lawn tractor alot with the left arm, it may affect the right shoulder.
     
  8. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sorry Blair to far for me to drive if you can't come up with anything sub out your accounts to a local just have him sign a contract that he will give them back in a yr and that he won't go after them for 3 additional yrs. Just curious, rotator cuff surgery got to have it done this fall and thats what the doc told me about 8 months before it would be much use. Best of luck to you

    Mac
     
  9. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    I tore my rotator cuff over 10 years ago. Didn't need surgery, but it hurt a lot. Basically, every step you take, your arm/shoulder moves a little. So imagine an endless sucession of painful jabs to the shoulder. I hate to say it, but your best bet might be to put your full-time plans on hold until it heals.
     
  10. SpudsM15

    SpudsM15 LawnSite Senior Member
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    how about a hustler h-bar walkbehind???
    and bullrider sulky just take it slow around the turns so u don't go flying!
     

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