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What works best on steep banks?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-Scapes, May 9, 2004.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    I picked up an account that has a pretty severe bank.. I have a 50" gravely that I used on it the first time but I had a lot of difficulty. I nearly lost control of it 3 times. I would prefer to use something along the lines of 32-36".

    What mower would work best and give me the best possible control? Maybe even something I could put double wheels on?
  2. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    I dunno. Ask the guy that does those lawns when I turn 'em down!

    :D :D :D
  3. soccerlawn

    soccerlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    On any really steep hills, I go straight up and then back down.
  4. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    I use one of these to do things like this!

    The pic dosnt really do justice to the slope but anyway..................

    jd x595&hill.jpg
  5. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    My 36" walk behind does well on hills...try a small walk behind.
  6. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    get a 36", hydro or belt ok, it weighs less than a 50 or 52" and it is easier to manouver on slopes. Always starts from bottom and work your way up CROSSWISE till the top, it hold like glue if you go on 2nd or 1st speed with safety.
  7. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    A wright stander would be your best bet. You can put them on almost any angle. I almost rolled my 32" eXmark metro on a hill once, so i don't recommend the smaller width mowers. The wider the tires the better the stablity on a hill.
  8. Goodguy001

    Goodguy001 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

  9. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,074

    I'm with Mick. The old stand by garden tractor ( we have a 48 inch Sears) works well. I can tell you what not to use. A mid mount Z. Our Toro Slides.
  10. DanG

    DanG LawnSite Member
    Posts: 234

    I use Toro hydro's or sometimes belt drive w/b's to do the steep parts of this account.

    The less steep areas i can use the z masters on.


    woodside 1.jpg

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