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Anyone use a commercial mower with a steering wheel? - Having rotator cuff surgery

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by davidcalhoun, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,045

    Hi Guys,

    Just like you have to do maintenance and repairs on an old mower with several hours on it, I am needing a little maintenance and repairs on the body.

    The shoulder needs a tune-up/rebuild. I will be having rotator cuff surgery next week. I had hoped that I could go through the season with just some cortisone shots but the Dr. said I had better get the one shoulder done now. He said my other shoulder will need it in a few years also. Don't you love getting older?

    So I need some info from you guys who have some experience with some of the commercial mowers out there that use a steering wheel. I know that Cub Cadet has two models out with a steering wheel, the Z-Force S and the TanK S. Another mower that I know of is the Gizmow, but I have not heard anything about them for a while.

    Please share you experience with these two brands or any other mower that I might be able to use one arm with.


    PS I will probably look for a slightly used mower to buy that fits the bill since I should have full function of the one shoulder in a few months.
  2. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    A few years back I was starting to have shoulder problems and retired a nice JD LX277 lawn tractor and got a Scag Wildcat. Cut my mowing time in half and shoulder problem disappeared.

    I doubt that you can constantly twist on a stearing wheel with one arm, and after a week or 10 days of recuperation the control arms on a ztr will probably cause fewer physical problems.
  3. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 996

    Might I suggest something like this....:drinkup: I think your left butt cheek would even fit square on the seat.


    Seriously though, it could be a money maker. I'd pay YOU to let me come watch you use it.
  4. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

  5. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,045

    Raymond S,

    It's nice to know you're there for me. I put a steering wheel knob on it from Rural King and I'm all set. It will cost you big time though.
  6. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,239

    Walker and the exmark Navigator have controls that are one arm friendly. I'm used to using my left hand....but i'm sure I could learn it both ways.
  7. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,045

    Went to a Cub Cadet dealer to see their mowers. I explained to him my desire to see their commercial mowers with the steering wheel. The dealer did not carry any of the Tank S series. He said that they could order the Tank S but they really did not have a market in this area.

    The sales guy did show me a Z-Force S. Ergonomically, It was OK. The first thing you notice is the weight ratio. This mower tends to have a more weight on the front castors. Since the front castors are steerable, that makes sense. There is also a little more rear overhang with the engine sticking back further than most. As I looked over the construction, I kept thinking that there was now way they could even call this mower "commercial". I even mentioned to him that the trans specs I saw online (ZT3100) was not quite as "commercial" as I had hoped for. Everything felt "lesser" build than what I would call "commercial". I shared my concerns with the sales guy and he used some sales speak to say that he did not understand why Cub Cadet rated it as "commercial" either.

    As I was leaving the dealership, I asked the sales guy for a brochure on the Z-Force S. As I quickly glanced at the specs (the trans was only a Dual EZT), it became evident that the sales guy had shown me the "residential" Z-Force S.
  8. NJT

    NJT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    When your rotator cuff heals, are you still gonna want a mower with a steering wheel on it?
  9. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,045

    Probably not. That is why I am considering a decent used mower. I won't take as big of hit on a used one. I might need this type of mower for a second year. According to my doctor, there is a good possibility that I will have the other shoulder done in the near future.
  10. Clark Griswold

    Clark Griswold LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 554

    I'm having the exact same problem with my left shoulder too & I would think it's easier with a ZTR, no problem for me but trimming is hell!

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