180s on walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by liquidforcedude7, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. liquidforcedude7

    liquidforcedude7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from america
    Messages: 285

    How when you are making a 180 on a walk behind do you not tear up the grass. The one time I used a ZTR I turned then backed up a little then went foward again but with a walk behind You would have to put it in reverse then back in gear which would waste a lot of time but how do you make a turn for the next stripe without tearing up the grass?
  2. exmark72

    exmark72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    on w\b's there is usually nuetral spot right after belt loses grip but right before the brakes engage. find that spot then when mowing at the end of the pass turn towards next strip stop go to that spot when pull the machine back and go. best way for me.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    As i am turning i make sure that the inside wheel is still spinning a little bit. I do this by not holding the brake on that side down all the way. After watching for awhile, you will get the feel for it so you won't have to look. So esentually what exmark72 said!
  4. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    just buy a hydro unit
  5. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    I'll secound that :D
  6. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    I would guess you havent ever used a hydro.....they make life alot easier lol mcwlandscaping do you have any experience with any other mower than one like yours? Esepcially a hydro.
  7. Lake Claire Lawn Ranger

    Lake Claire Lawn Ranger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    third :D
  8. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    As mcw said, just don't lock up the inside wheel, find the neutral, and give a little pull back on the inside handle. It's like a short 3 point turn, or "k" turn as some people call it.
    Once you learn it, it's second nature, and no more divots.

    Sure a hydro is better, just twice as expensive!
  9. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    Not to mention more maneuverable and a tad quicker. It also induces a lot less operator fatigue.
  10. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
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