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best way to turn around on a ztr

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenacresman, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. greenacresman

    greenacresman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    how do you guys & gals do it to keep from tearing up the turf. :waving:
  2. mindset063

    mindset063 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    i have the same question!!!
  3. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Just like ALL my coaches in school said years ago - PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.:usflag:
  4. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    go slow! it's the key dont wip throught the turn.
  5. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    3-point turn or counter rotate your tires. 3-point turn is the safest turn. Counter rotating them can increase the likelyhood of tearing up the ground. It will take a lot of hours on your machine, practice, and experience.
  6. DEEJ

    DEEJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    As the others have said, the 3 point turn works the best. Once you perfect it you will whip around very quickly without tearing.

    As you get to the end of a row, veer to the left about 45 degrees, stop and back around to your right, take off to the left making the last 90 degrees or so of the turn. Think of a classic 3 point turn in a car.

    The key to not tearing the turf is to never, ever, pivot on one stationary tire. Always keep both tires moving on the turf, both in the same direction, or working in opposite directions. Even with this in mind, I cannot do a full zero turn without tearing turf. The 3 point turn is the answer.

  7. LandscapeMasterpieceGA

    LandscapeMasterpieceGA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    Well, the hybrid bermuda down here must be much different than what you guys are mowing! Tearing usually only happens on wet or sloped low cut bermuda, and very rarely in my experience. Any other southern boys out there?
  8. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    What? you mean there not ZERO turn at all. pfft..
  9. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    3 point turn, K turn is the answer same principle of turning your truck right or left and back up and go on right or left ..1-2-3 step.

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