Turning and Divots question?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Microbe, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Microbe

    Microbe LawnSite Member
    Posts: 172

    Last year I purchased a 36 Lesco 13 hp mower. My question is, how do you guy's get those perfect lines? When I turn on a dime to go back the other direction, I always leave a "WHEEL DIVOT." Yea its straight, but I can't stand when my mower leaves a divot after a turn.



    How I usually mow is:

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    Then when I come back start my first line going down make a turn on the dime "divot," come back. This doesn't happen all the time, is it my tires? I'm using the same tires that came on the model out of the store.
     
  2. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 946

    Slow down and don't lock any one wheel up. It would be better to do a three point turn and not rut up the lawn than to turn on a dime. Slowing down into your turns is important. :)
     
  3. Microbe

    Microbe LawnSite Member
    Posts: 172

    Thanks... Yea I've been meaning to ask this question for a while. Its funny cause when I watch other companies mowing, it seems that the guy's just turn on a dime. Hey I could be wrong... Most, it seems have the walker stand on, or the ride on's... next month I"m gona work on 3 point turns for sure.. peace
     
  4. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 946

    Very cool. The more you practice the better you will be at turning. You will pretty much get to the point where you can turn on a dime. You just can't go full balst into the turn and have one wheel turning while the other is lockep up. You'll get the hang of it. Good luck!:)
     
  5. CC Lawncare

    CC Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 114

    I find that a sulky helps. I think it may have something to do with changing the center of gravity of the machine and thus affecting traction.
     
  6. jschu13

    jschu13 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    Rob B. is correct. Slow down at the end of your run and make sure you have one wheel turning forward and the other backward. Until you master that, you should do a three point turn to prevent leaving divots.
     

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