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What tractor to use mowing steep slopes?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ropinghorns, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. ropinghorns

    ropinghorns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    I am biding on a brushogging job to monthly mow several of the steepest slopes I have seen anywhere. It has been mowed for years by other pros, but I have not done anything like this. I am willing to add dualls or new equipt. if needed. Thanks for your opinions that will keep me from turning over. www.lantermantractor.com
  2. howierd3866

    howierd3866 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 348

    Did you see what the last company were using that would help you. Also how long of passes are they and how wide are the slopes.How often do they want them cut.
  3. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Posts: 2,195

    I'd advise you to bush-hog up and down the sloop with the bush-hog completely down; even if you have to go around to a more level place and go up the hill. Never sideways. A bush-hog exerts a great gyroscopic force as in autopilots on boats and planes which tend to pull it in a straight line. That sideways motions is very dangerous.
  4. malblackbelt05

    malblackbelt05 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    The last steep slope I saw being mowed was done with a 4 wheel drive tractor with lots of weight on the front and he just kept his mower deck up at 4 -5 inches... He's alot crazier than I am though... you couldn't even walk on the slope he went straight up and down too
  5. ropinghorns

    ropinghorns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    This is a large company that pays well. A guy can pay for his tractor in one summer with this job. Some of the slopes have a water filled ditch at the bottom. They are all at least 100 yards long and around 50 feet to the bottom. How about fluid in my tires?
  6. Two Seasons

    Two Seasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 791

    I'd stick with a walk hydro, but that's just me.

    You can get a lot done with a 52" walk.
  7. ropinghorns

    ropinghorns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    Never heard of one. Can you tell me about it?
  8. howierd3866

    howierd3866 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 348

    ropinghorn...did you see what the last company use for equipment.As for the tractor in your pic. would not use it because of loader on front. I cant seem to downlaod my pics from here because I already have them on here. So please feel free to look at them on my profile infor for what we use this is the type of work we do everyday.They must have alot of slopes to beable to pay off a machine in one year. If you got any Pics that would help. As for us we mowed side to side and not up and down. 1)up and down takes too long plus some you dont have a choice of being able to go up them.
  9. ropinghorns

    ropinghorns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    I do not know what they use now but the place does not like the service they give. I was wanting to look at dual wheels on a zturn mower. What do ya think?
  10. howierd3866

    howierd3866 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 348

    without see the slopes I would say no. Only because the slope we do are slope meaning dual rears and even some with front dual on 75 to 110 hp tractors.remember running slope we fill all oil over fill point to make up for the slope not all zturn can deal with that.

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