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low rpm mowing

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by TaterToter, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. TaterToter

    TaterToter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I have some rough/rocky/rooty areas behind my house. Would it damage my zero turn to throttle down to mow it so I'm not sucking up dirt, rocks, sticks, etc? Not so much concerned about cut quality, just want to keep weeds and briers beat back.
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    You can throttle down with no problems...but why not remove the debris?
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  3. TaterToter

    TaterToter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    It's a hillside. It grows rocks. It was a wooded area that we had cleared and washouts after big rains bring in and uncover more rocks and sticks. I move the big ones, but there are literally millions of small rocks. I kind of like having it as a natural area, too. It's a work in progress kind of thing.
    Thanks for your help.
  4. KeepingUp

    KeepingUp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    When I first started using my exmark lazer, I tried mowing at half throttle. I found the mower eratic. When I increased the throttle, the control I was used to having with my previous ztr returned. Under lower rpms, the pump may not drive the wheel motors smoothly. You may wish to experiment to find the sweet spot for your situation.

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