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Tearing up the grass with your ZTR?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lacy Lawn, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. Lacy Lawn

    Lacy Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2


    I have a Swisher 42" ZTR mower which I baught primarily for mowing my own 1.5 Ac lawn.

    I have noticed that, if I turn in areas where the grass cover is not very thick, I rip up a tire prints worth of grass.

    Do you have similar problems? Can anything be done to prevent it except for turning on a larger radius?

  2. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 714

    Welcome To Lawn Site Larry - Extensive coverage on this problem can be gotten by using the 'search' function. A quick answer would be to forget using a zero turn and go to the three point turn method, your lawn will love you.. Slowing down your ground speed (slower the better) before maneuvering will also help.

    Have Fun
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Its about operator error. The 3 pt turn will stop the problem. Most people think they need to just zip it around and go. I get new customers every year due to this flying around and spinning around. Customers don't like divots all in their lawns.
  4. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    Robert how big is your business and what areas do you serve? I'm in Clifton Park, NY
  5. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 714

    One Man Show - 23 regular accounts, 3 are local (Galway) remainder in Amsterdam. Did you get my PM ??

  6. soccerlawn

    soccerlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    Make sure you keep both wheels moving at all times.
  7. Lacy Lawn

    Lacy Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Thanks guys.

    Yes, the "search" really works.

    It turns out that the 3 point was what I had had tried and didn't know it!!

    BTW, I've found that if I turn at full throttle I can actually get a nice fish-tail!! Good thing its my oun yard :)

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