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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bhforty3, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. bhforty3

    bhforty3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    How do you avoid turn marks w/back tires of a ztr?
  2. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,053

    Avoid turn so sharp (180) that the inside tire of the mover doesn't roll. Take wider turns.

    Make 1 or 2 passes around the perimeter of the lawn so that you have space to make your turns at the edge of the lawn when you mowe each pass.

    Turn around in a driveway or on pavement if possible.

    When making a 180 degree turn go forwards than back then forwards again so the mower's tires don't wreck the turf when rotating.
  3. bhforty3

    bhforty3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    Thank you for your advice.
  4. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    Some lawns rip up a lot easier than others, especially if they have a grub problem or shallow roots. You have to do gentle 3 point turns. And you need to go slow while circling things like tree and mulch areas. Sometimes I go wide of the circular cutting path required, then I gently adjust and continue. This seems to minimize the rip-up effect with tight turns.

    Some lawns have areas that are just too delicate and it's better to use a walk-behind, like with certain hills.
  5. bhforty3

    bhforty3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    Thanks I ill take look @ your web site.
  6. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    its called a K turn or three point turn....even the best operators can have a bit of turf tear now and then, even if they dont admit it.... especially last year , was really wet all year long...

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