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skid marks on the ZTR

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tjcezar, Jun 24, 2003.

  1. tjcezar

    tjcezar LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 237

    On one of my accounts I mow on on medium sized slope. When coming down the hill my yazoo 42" z leaves slide marks. Now the hill isn't that steep but it is long and I think the weight of it it just kind of pushes me. Are there any tricks I could use like wider tires, diffent tread pattern, or tire pressure, or do I just grin and bare it. Let me add that the marks are not terrible but anything less than perfect I feel as though the job was poorly done.:confused:
  2. Imow4u2

    Imow4u2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 377

    You can prevent all skidding with a Z by backing down slopes... If you must drive down forward, I gradually increase sppeed as I accend this will work with the momentum and prevent skidding on short steep slopes.. up to 100 ft. in length..
  3. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,194

    Too much of a slope to go horizontal (across) to it?
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    I'm going to take a shot in the dark and guess that you have the pin adjust 42" deck. If you have the 20x10-10 Titan Multi Trac tires, you can drop down to 7 PSI in them like I did. I bet this would be a noticable improvement as it was for me.

    Also, this may sound silly, but go top off w/fuel prior to that account and see if it helps. Now, if you are like me and tend to scrunch up on the machine, slide that seat all the way back. Every ounce of weight you can keep on the rear tires can and will help.

    Check my signature for the "worth" of this post.....
  5. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,143

    Not knowing how old your machine is, you might need new tires.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Oh... You're talking about skid marks in the grass.

    I was gonna suggest that you wear pants while mowing. :D
  7. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    We're on the same wave length. I was thinkin the same thing! ........ Dont leave skid marks on the mower,,,,, OK!:dizzy:
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    Definitely try and play with the tire pressure and is the hill too steep to mow across it?

  9. tjcezar

    tjcezar LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 237

    wouldn't look as nice if I mowed horizontal since house sits at the top of hill.

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