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Zero Turns on hills

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TooTallLawncare, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. TooTallLawncare

    TooTallLawncare LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 15

    I have purchased many Exmark Lazer Z's in the past, but was thinking about changing brands. The only problem I have with the lazer z is that it doesn't do well on hills. It always seems to slide down the hill are has trouble making it up the hill. I was wondering if anybody had a suggestion for a different mower that is better on the side of hills. What do you guys use on hills?I love my Exmarks to death on flat ground, but on hills I need to find something different and more efficient.

  2. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

    what are the degree of hills your trying to mow?
  3. TooTallLawncare

    TooTallLawncare LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 15

    I would say somewhere around 25 to 30 degrees.
  4. strongbad

    strongbad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

  5. wrestle142

    wrestle142 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Are the hills that you are mowing weeds or are they good grass? That makes a huge difference! If the hills are very weedy and halfway steep, even a push mower slips. But if they have good sod you would be suprised how steep of a hill you can stay on.
  6. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    You have probally already thought of this but what about a hydro w/b for your hills and slopes? I had a Lazer Z and yes it was a nice machine but I had to use my TTHP on the slopes because the Lazer just would not hold. Now all I use are w/b's with Proslides. Anything too steep, I walk, and any flat to mild slopes I ride. Best of both worlds, IMO.
  7. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    My lazer hp will wheelie before it slips when going straight up a hill. Occasionally is will slide when going side ways but I have always found them to hold the hill well. Going down hill is the most scary part of the ride.
  8. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 385

  9. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    What you are describing is the exact reason why we designed, tested and built the Hustler Super ATZ.
    Read about it here...do a search on LS here and you will see more pics and comments.
    Call your dealer and get a demo.Hustler Super ATZ
  10. TooTallLawncare

    TooTallLawncare LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 15

    Can anyone offer any suggestions to beef up my existing Lazer Z to make it more hill worthy? What about bar tires? Has anyone ever tired that?

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