Zero Turns on Hills...................

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobcatmatt, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. bobcatmatt

    bobcatmatt LawnSite Member
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    I just purchased an 08 Dixie Chopper Classic HP 3360. I am mowing in a cemetery and have a few hills to traverse. Nothing extremely steep just basically a long gentle slope. At the top it could be a little tricky but if it does happen to break loose what should be my first instinct. I have only gotten about 2 hours of seat time so far in a couple of family yards and what not so I'm getting more seat time before i try and take the cemetery on. Any advice from anyone your be appriciated.

    Do's and Don't's ??????
     
  2. Genlandscape

    Genlandscape LawnSite Member
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    Do be careful, don't do anthing dumb...jus kidding. The best advice I can offer is to get some more seat time and take it slow until you are more comfortable with the machine. I've got eXmark Lazer hp's and they will slide on an incline before they even consider rolling over. I've never been on a chopper full time so I don't want to mislead you on that machine. Just get comfortable on it, you should be fine.
     
  3. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it's over 15 degrees then traverse up and down the slope. If you feel its about to flip, steer immediately downhill. If your mower is 52" or less, the likelihood of a roll-over is greater than a 60" or larger. Always use safety. R.O.P.S and seat belt are on the mower for a reason and it ain't for good looks!!
     
  4. bobcatmatt

    bobcatmatt LawnSite Member
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    My dixie has a 60 inch deck and i might be over thinking the severety of this hill. Not much on figuring out the slope. With my previous tractor (BX24 Kubota) there was no moxing up the hill on the seat or anything while mowing side to side. I guess I just need seat time.

    What about the tires breaking traction? First reaction?
     
  5. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
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    If I think there is going to be a problem turning on a slope, I don't attempt it. I use my walk behind or 21" mower for the part where it's hard to turn or where I think there will be a problem. I've gotten into some spots where I didn't think I could get out, but try to be on the safe side now rather than get into a tight spot.
     
  6. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,370

    It sure would be ironic if you rolled it in the cemetery.
     
  7. hockeypro1411

    hockeypro1411 LawnSite Senior Member
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    not to mention convenient. lol just kidding. ...maybe. anyway just steer downhill if you feel like youre about to flip. at most youll get a seatbelt hard to the gut if you slide forward on the seat. beats the hell outta joining the people under you.
     
  8. bobcatmatt

    bobcatmatt LawnSite Member
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    LOL, i sure don't wanna join the people around me that's for sure. I took the Dixie out yesterday an part of the hill just to see how she did. Going up hill i have absolutley no worries with the machine. Doesn't feel light in the front end or anything. It's getting to the top and turning to come back down.

    I do know from reading on this site to not mow a hill if it's wet, so i won't even try that. I have plenty of flat ground if it is still damp out. I think it may be just seat time and getting a handle on the controls. It's kinda nice to have a new piece of equipment, kinda got me in the modd to mow again. Not just the same 'ole thing with the Kubota tractor.

    Thanks for the replies all....................

    Matt
     
  9. MAD87

    MAD87 LawnSite Member
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    When I'm mowing sideways on a slope, I always push the downhill lever slightly more than the uphill lever (if that makes sense. The downhill tire needs to rotate just a little faster than the uphill tire). This helps to prevent you from sliding downhill. Once I learned that trick it took 99% of my problems away mowing on slopes. Seat time makes all of the difference in the world!
     
  10. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,930

    I never did get comfortable with my Toro Z on hills. I switched to a stander style mower. It feels much more stable and when Im around a retaining wall, I feel I have an out if I screw up.
     

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