Sidehill mowing: Which walkbehind?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by moe sizlack, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. moe sizlack

    moe sizlack LawnSite Member
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    Im an LCO of a smaller operation in northern minnesota. Alot of my accounts are on lakeside aspects that all have some significant hills that need to be mowed. Sidehill mowing is very dangerous without the proper equipment, and currently use my snapper pro 52, but wondering if there is different mower that "sticks" a little better than the snapper. Any suggestions would help (i.e. make, models). Thanks.
     
  2. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just got the Ferris dd comfort control 52". I havn't used it much other than driving it around, but it has the widest footprint of all wb's I've seen, and also has speed control overide. When you are on hills you can just make the lower tire travel faster to stay on the hill, rather then slowing the top tire down.
     
  3. moe sizlack

    moe sizlack LawnSite Member
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    Does the ferris seem to have a lower profile? Im thinking keeping the weight lower will make it less likley to wash out.
     
  4. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ferris makes a nice , wide , heavy mower. They hold hills great but if they start to go they are gone where as a lighter unit you can manhandle a bit more. How about going to dual wheels on your unit? I have a friend who puts duals on all thier walk behinds as they only use them where they have to. He simply welds two steel wheels togather. They make awsome hill machines. His last several have been Lesco units.
     
  5. moe sizlack

    moe sizlack LawnSite Member
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    Never thought of the duals. Was looking at the quick 36, but without the hydros on both drive tires, it might be a tought.
     
  6. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Toro with turbo force deck. These have great controls, are good on hills and we all already know the turbo force deck produces a great cut quality. Watch this video. It looks as if the toro has a nice low center of gravity.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3tlo35KUDY


    Also the Gravely walk behind tend to do really well on hills. They to have a great cut and are very durable mowers.
     
  7. moe sizlack

    moe sizlack LawnSite Member
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    i hate to admit, but the hills in the toro video are not as steep as most that I have to mow. These hills are steep, and dangerous. Being the LCO, i wont even allow my employees to attempt them. But they are great accounts, and would hate to pass on them.
     
  8. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    No no i didnt post the video to show hills. Those arent even hills in my eyes. I posted it to show how low the stance was on the toro. The lower the better. If your hills are that steep it might be wise to invest in some double wheels for the back of your machines. I have mowed 1 place with a hill so steep it was all I could do to even keep my footing. I used a gravely Pro-50 walkbehind. Had it been any steeper I would have had to wear baseball cleats or golf shoes. I have seen some scag mowers with double wheels on the back.
     
  9. moe sizlack

    moe sizlack LawnSite Member
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    So you feel my pain! These are like the ones you describe, barly stand up and hard as hell on the ankles! Ill look into the duals-seems like the thing to do. Did like the toro tho.
     
  10. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would suggest you demo some mowers on the hills you want to mow. I think the Toro walk-behinds with the Turbo-force should be very good on hills. The Hustler walk-behinds aren't nearly as good though.
     

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