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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jnrogers, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. jnrogers

    jnrogers LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Messages: 221

    Guys I was wondering if a walk behind is good to mow fairly steep hills, I have several yards that are hilly and have been mowing them with a push mower, thought it might save time with a 48" walk behind. Also my dad and son help me some, sometimes when I get done with trimming I am just standing there when with a walk behind I can also mow with a sulky. Just wondering how steep of hills they would handle?
  2. KevinACrider

    KevinACrider LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    You shouldn't use a sulky when mowing hills. Just walk behind it.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    The WB's are able to handle steeper hills than ZTR's and pretty much the same hills that the 21" mowers can handle. If the hill is pretty steep I would avoid using a sulky.
  4. jnrogers

    jnrogers LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Messages: 221

    Sorry guys let me rephrase, the sulky is so I can mow the flat areas, then hit the hills and I know not to use the sulky on the hills. Thanks
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,460

    The best hiller I have is a 32" Scag belt drive. I can manhandle it a little but it still climbs right up pretty steep slopes. I tried our dual hydro units and you can hurt youself if it gets away.
  6. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    i would go w/ a 48". the bigger ones have a wider wheel base and seem to hold better imo. ive had toro, scag, exmark and jd and ive been pleased w/ all of them (jd was the worst of the bunch). avoid the sulky and it can handle some pretty steep hills.
  7. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    My 36" will climb anything. I have tons and tons of hills, some of which are pretty nasty. And i ride my sulky though pretty much all of them...
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I have and use 5 walkbehinds of all sizes and they all shine on a hill. I prefer the hydros though. Also, I wouldn't use a sulky on much more than a slope because it will leave ruts and also put a lot of stress on the sulky wheel bearings. Been there, replaced that! Several times! Tony
  9. ajeaajea

    ajeaajea LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    i have a toro belt drive 40" it goes fine on hills no problems at all with it. Keeps a striaght line.

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