ZTR axle: to lock or not lock?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by z4ce, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. z4ce

    z4ce LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I was wondering if anyone had any input on the merits of locking versus allowing pivoting on the front axle of a ZTR?

    I just bought a used Ariens 1640 and it has the axle lock bolts in place. I'm wondering it make sense to keep them like that or to allow the axle to pivot. What kind of difference can I expect from unlocking the axle?

  2. lotsagrass

    lotsagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 650

    My mower doesn't have the option to allow the front to pivot, but I know what you're talking about. All I can say is, even without pivoting, I'm amazed at how even and smooth my cut is even on the uneven/bumpy ground I have. I'd be curious to see how it turns out if I could let it pivot...like the old rider I had. I have no way to know though.

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