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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, Apr 19, 2001.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Ok I feel dumb asking this one, but this is my first commerical machine, and I just started driving it around my yard, everything works fine. However in spots with little grass when i turn it seems to tear the grass and dirt. How do I avoid this. Basically I figure I must be whipping around to fast when i turn, but how can i fix this, or do i just need to practice a bit more?
  2. Skippy

    Skippy LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 31

    What is the machine? ztr? walkbehind? one thing that helps is practice.
  3. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Its a walkbehind, nevertheless I am sure the setup is standard, I am just having trouble making turns, grass seems to tear.
  4. Rufur

    Rufur LawnSite Member
    from md
    Messages: 143

    the tires will rip the turf upif youstop one tire completely and pivot the machine...ways to avoid this 1 put the pivot wheel in neutral and pull back as a zero turn effect or 2 slow down the pivot wheel and turn in an arc you'll need a larger perimeter cut-maybe 2 passes for this hope this helps
  5. Skippy

    Skippy LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 31

    Do a search on tearing, it'll show a thread on a kubota and there is some good things in there that'll help you. But Practice is the key.

  6. NateinAtl

    NateinAtl LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 121

    with a hydro you need to put the pivot tire in reverse just a little bit. If you want to turn around and use your left tire as the pivot, at the end of the strip slightly reverse your left grip while you slightlymove the right tire forward. Basically you will be backing up your pivottire about 6 inches when you are turning the outer tire around.
  7. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    They have given you the advice that I would tell you. Its pretty much the only way. Pull back on that pivot wheel!!
  8. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    did you mean 48"? i am still having similar troubles with 65hoss' 52" Laser.
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Too much power for the boy!!! :D
  10. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    triangle turn is what you guys need to try. will not tear the turf. rufur said it. also take 2 laps around the yard to make it easier. good luck to you. it wil take some practice

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