tearing when turning......

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by George777, Mar 14, 2001.

  1. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    my partner and I have a 48" wb machine. When turning the thing around I keep tearing up the grass. I have tried to keep both wheels turning but it takes me off the cutting path.
    What am I doing wrong? I hate the fact that every turn you can see the tire mark in the grass.
     
  2. SodFather

    SodFather LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    Are you making the turn at a really fast speed? Is the ground soft or wet? Does it only happen when you make one type of turn (left or right)?
     
  3. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    Good Question Sod father.
    Speed- slow
    Ground- has been pretty soft and damp from rain.
    Turn- I've only been making right turns.
     
  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    Try making a K turn. If Im turning to the left I will pull back gently with the left hand, until the mower is in alignment with the row just cut.

    Good Luck this season!
    Kris
     
  5. SodFather

    SodFather LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    It is very possible that the damp ground has something to do with it. I like the K turn idea. Also try to make a left turn and see what happens.
     
  6. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    kutnkru, can you explain the k turn. I'm a bit confused.
     
  7. SodFather

    SodFather LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    When you get to the end of the row and you want to turn to the right as your turning right pull the right side of the mower back as your turning.
     
  8. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    I got ya, Thanks Sodfather. I will try this tomorrow. I was getting frustrated.
     
  9. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    I only have a 21" w/b mower, I do understand the K turn, but I'm confused with the all right turns. :confused:

    I will let Mr. K explain the K turn since it is named for him. ;)
     
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    I think he meant "and vice versa." :) After a while of doing this, George, you will get into the "swing" of it-literally, as you will be able to just swing your weight into it and sort of lean back while you are pulling the mower back. With a little practice, this will work like clockwork.
     

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