Not sure if I can mow with zero turn

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by besmirl, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. besmirl

    besmirl LawnSite Member
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    maybelike 35 to 40 degrees
  2. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    on a hill, when youre about to turn to reverse directions....make sure the front of the mower is always pointing up towards the top of the hill and the back wheels are pointing down. the traction is in the rear wheels.
    Otherwise, use the 21" for the hill?

    As for the angle limit, I wouldnt take a ztr on more than 40 degree angle and if I felt it slipping, id quickly back up and get off the hill. make sure the roll cage is up and wear your seat belt or be ready to jump off in a hurry if its thats dangerous and you have no seatbelt
  3. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dont do it in the morning when theres dew on the grass
    35 degrees isnt bad, 45 is
  4. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't carry a protractor with me so I have no idea. I can look at a hill and decide if it's Z or WB or trim.
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  5. besmirl

    besmirl LawnSite Member
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    ill see if I can take a picture
  6. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not being rude but most people that f### up is from being scared. I can handle hills that would leave others speechless. It all depends on how well you know your mower and the strength of the roots of the grass and moisture. Up and down is your best bet then you may get the wheelie affect so lean forward or go up slow with some large rocks on your mower. Also putting more air in your rear tires helps a lot.Just be calm.
  7. xstatikplus

    xstatikplus LawnSite Senior Member
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    On anything I am iffy on mowing with my stander I just use my wb just do what you feel safe doing
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  8. pdreibels

    pdreibels LawnSite Senior Member
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    Happened to a guy I was working with, he was pretty stupid and flipped a tiger cat going straight up a hill. Bent the seat and bars all to heck and brusied his ribs. That being said I regularly mow a large slope that is easily 45 degrees. Going down the mower will slide. Side to side is ok just gets a lil hairy when you need to turn around. And going up is easiest. Just gotta have a feel for when the front end is getting light and never go full blast...just slow and steady
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  9. CMassey

    CMassey LawnSite Member
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    I cut mostly steep stuff. Currently I use a 2005 Grasshopper 227. It climbs hills like a goat. My steepest slope is right at 30 degrees measured with a slope meter. It does crab some, but the cut quality is still very good. Just wait until it is dry. Morning dew is a real treat!
  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    From an old guy that rolled one and took months to recover, stay off the hill. No offence Soloscaper but your advice will get someone hurt and after what you have been though you need to rethink some of those decisions.

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