best hillside traction? ZTR, STAND BEHIND, FRONT MOUNT?

FoghornLeghorn

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Texas
I have some drainage ditches, about 2 miles worth and I'm having a really hard time keeping my mowers from slipping down the hillside since it's so wet.

We currently use Kubota Zero Turns with super wide tires, with a wide stance. so I guess my question is whether other mower types have better traction? I'm assuming a walk-behind would be best, but I'd like some feedback.

I've already switched to going up and down the hillside, and this helps, but it's extremely time consuming.

Please don't tell me that I need to buy a Scag, Exmark or any other brand of Zero turns. I'm committed to Kubota for Zero turns for maybe another 3 years, after that I may re-evaluate.
 

Ridin' Green

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Location
Michigan

ed2hess

LawnSite Fanatic
A WB belt driven Scag works fine. It is light weight
and has less chance of getting away from you if you turn uphill. When you got good turf a 61" unit like scag does fine from tipping standpoint but due to weight it can tear up ground under the wheels. The worst is our wright standers.
 

ed2hess

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This is the kind of slopes that I am dealing with on the north side of town. We used to cut all these with WB but.... it was taking longer than we
allowed in the bid and we had 18 of these. Now this year with all the rain we are going to be hurting. Maybe I can have a rain surcharge.

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FoghornLeghorn

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Texas
My buddy on the board said to get as much done when it's dry and that they did not expect us to put our employees in danger with sliding equipment just to cut some drainage ditches.

I don't know how those guys in north Carolina and Virginia do it with the constant rains and hilly terrain. I'd pull my hair out if I had to deal with this all the time
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doyles

LawnSite Member
Location
syracuse ny
we use 52" and 61" walk behind.
ferris or exmark work fine and we cut in the rain.
these mowers are dual hydros drive.
 

cpllawncare

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Greenville, SC
This is the kind of slopes that I am dealing with on the north side of town. We used to cut all these with WB but.... it was taking longer than we
allowed in the bid and we had 18 of these. Now this year with all the rain we are going to be hurting. Maybe I can have a rain surcharge.
WOW! No way I would put a stander in there! WB for sure or a tractor with a bush hog behind it.
 

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