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Who Has Mowed Steepest Hill on a Zero Turn Rider?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mhaley927, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,684

    I would think you would spin out backing up a hill light that and if you lose traction while going down, you will be going for a ride. Id get some good pictures of it at different angles and there will be some decent feedback!!
  2. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,322

    consider also - large hills are very hard on your hydros (pumps and motors)- and it would take it's tall
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I've done some pretty steep hills in the past but none near 40 degrees. And honestly, I wouldn't touch a hill that was 40 degrees or steeper with a ztr, it would have to be a wb.

    I'm pretty sure that most ztr manufacturers say not to use a ztr on a slope more than 15 or 20 degrees. I've done hills about 30 degrees, maybe slightly steeper, but my mower was sliding when going sideways and had a heck of a time going straight up the hill (almost stalled the engine when cutting). That was the steepest hill I would have wanted to cut with my bob-cat ztr.

    From how your describing the hill you have to mow, I would get a wb. If you flip that ztr while mowing, that is going to be one hell of a ride to the bottom of the hill. If you do decide to do it, have an employee have 911 on speed-dial...better yet just call your local FD and ambulance service and have them standby on site because I know what's going to happen and you'll want a quick response from them.

    Stay safe out there!!
  4. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,684

    Just get a Hustler with the roll cage, then you would be set!!
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Sorry you can't pay me enough to use a Z on a steep hill, I'd rather trim an
    acre worth of that with a dang string trimmer before I chance it.

    It's just not worth it, depending how steep but once it gets to a point, no way.

    Yeah, pull that stunt and you'll head straight down hill face first and fast, in fact so fast you'll be lucky if circumstance gives you
    the chance to somehow pull out of it, I would suggest getting a larger deck Wb and practice with those for about 5 years or better.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    Here's one for you Richard. It's not the steepest hill ever mowed but it steep enough to lose control if it's wet.[​IMG]
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    The next time I go back to MD (in July probably) I'm going to get pics of the steepest hill I used to do with my Dixie. We don't have any hills to speak of here in Eastern Carolina.
  9. mhaley927

    mhaley927 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    Here is one pic from the road. It doesnt do the hill much justice. From here it looks more towards the 30-35 range to me. But Ive been just on the other side of those trees looking at it and I'd call it 35+ from there.

  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I put a protractor in your hill. It's about 16°.

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