Zero Turn Mower - Front Disc Brakes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ted corriher, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
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    L.J. - guy have no idea what we talking about; seems like he's not very bright - he still thinks question "if it work" -mean can it be be engaged on hills only : ))))) :hammerhead:
    don't waste your time arguing
     
  2. zman2307

    zman2307 LawnSite Senior Member
    from OR
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    Right, anything can be torn up. However, I would think having just front brakes is a recipe for disaster for a lot of homeowners and the many bone heads you see driving Mowers. Are there exceptions to the rule? Sure. Lots of careful operators out there. The manufacturers have to try to make a machine that is both reliable and relatively easy to operate for operators of all experience levels.
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  3. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
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    just been teasing you - but that's the serious matter - safety and Productivity - ability to decelerate effectively and Uturn(stop);
    with increasing weight and speed of the mowers and no front steering - you can't use effectively your speed;
    Grasshopper beats superZ on medium lawns - due to turnarounds - with or without turf damage - having drive tires on the front, Grasshopper just plunges & pivots on the dime while any midmount would slide by...

    this is important and should be mentioned too, since it is not so obvious - antill we saw it on video, it was hard to believe - ztr front brakes could work on hill, not just slide down on round tires like on skis
     
  4. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
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    never mind :hammerhead:
     
  5. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i like yellow markings on front and rear wheels - good idea

    btw. if you''ll have time - one very short clip would be great

    1. mower going down the hill, rear wheel stopped (markings on the wheel doesn't move), breaks not engaged (foot out of pedal).- mower sliding

    2. same: mower going down, brakes engaged (foot on the pedal) - mower stops
     
  6. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
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    there are disk brakes on rear wheels on most ztrs (parking breaks)

    if make 4wheel breaks to be engaged by(at) levers neutral position - would it be a good idea?
     
  7. ted corriher

    ted corriher LawnSite Member
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    The doors just opened and we are getting good traffic from Attendees as well as the manufacturers.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2009
  8. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    That's good to hear I hope the mfg see the need for this
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  9. ted corriher

    ted corriher LawnSite Member
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    Ok, here's an update. So far I've talked to people from Bad Boy, Toro, Grasshopper, John Deere, Dixie Chopper, and Cub Cadet.

    After seeing the demo videos and on the mower brake system in person there is definately some interest there.
     
  10. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    That's great, just don't over sell yourself. Good luck and keep us posted. More pics too if ya don't mind. :D
     

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