Towing with a ZTR

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by aussiegreg, May 27, 2005.

  1. aussiegreg

    aussiegreg LawnSite Member
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    G'day Lawnies,

    What weight can a ZTR tow??

    I have a Toro Z597 27hp diesel and want to tow a water filled roller to flatten out some bumps on a lawn whilst it still is a bit moist. Do the hygros cause a problem??

    The guy who makes and hires them says that he can tow it with a 14hp lawn tractor.

    Thanks

    Greg
     
  2. egbaker

    egbaker LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 24

    I have a 21HP Kawasaki air cooled engine on my Ferris. The maximum recommended trailer weight is 200 pounds(US) up a 10 degree slope. I also suspect a margin of safety is built in.

    But the info has cautions about towing traction and slippery surfaces and slopes.

    I suspect that the hydros made for a 27 HP high torque diesel would be quite a bit higher say 300 pounds. So calculate the water weight if you know the number of US gallons at about 8 pounds/gal.

    I suspect a 3 bag leaf catcher filled with wet grass is not a light unit and you can run one all day.

    I plan to tow a TracVac machine (with a motor) with mine but only a few times in the fall.

    I suspect if one is careful and doesn't make a habit of this you would be OK. Maybe just compare, feel CAREFULLY (or even measure the temperature somehow), the heat of the Hydros after mowing and use that as a gauge of how much harder the hydro is working when you tow the roller.
     
  3. egbaker

    egbaker LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 24

    I have a 21HP Kawasaki air cooled engine on my Ferris. The maximum recommended trailer weight is 200 pounds(US) up a 10 degree slope. I also suspect a margin of safety is built in.

    But the info has cautions about towing traction and slippery surfaces and slopes.

    I suspect that the hydros made for a 27 HP high torque diesel would be quite a bit higher say 300 pounds. So calculate the water weight if you know the number of US gallons at about 8 pounds/gal.

    A 3 bag leaf catcher filled with wet grass is not a light unit and you can run one all day.

    I plan to tow a TracVac machine (with a motor) with mine but only a few times in the fall.

    I suspect if one is careful and doesn't make a habit of this you would be OK. Maybe just compare, feel CAREFULLY (or even measure the temperature somehow), the heat of the Hydros after mowing and use that as a gauge of how much harder the hydro is working when you tow the roller.
     
  4. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
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  6. egbaker

    egbaker LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 24

    Captken, Aye Aye Matey. You are right.

    I used to tow postal trucks out of ditches with my Kubota 17hp tractor so I figure the Ferris 21 would be pretty good towing stuff, not to mention the 27hp Toro.

    However, I am a novice to ZTRs so I figure err on the safe side, I plan to keep it for a while.

    (I trust you don't haul that load of trees around all the time).

    Gu'day.
     
  7. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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