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Exmark Viking 36' or 48" for Hilly Properties

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lee Roy, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. Lee Roy

    Lee Roy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I am thinking about buying an Exmark Viking 36" or 48". I mow mostly hilly properties. How are these machines for uneven terrain? Any problems with 20 - 25 degree slopes?
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,927

    I have an Exmark Viking 36" machine. It is the only w/b I've owned, so my base of experience is very limited. I think it does well on slopes, but I cannot give you angles (haven't measured them, and don't want to guess). My machine is very light in the front, so tipping backward can be a problem. That may be an advantage in some circumstances, such as making turns at the top of a slope. I pull a BullRider sulky and the added load of the sulky makes an upward slope a challenge (need to step off and walk).
  3. south jerz

    south jerz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    and go with a Turf Tracer. More expensive but has a floating deck which is made for hills and is just a better mower overall. Floating is better all-around because if you are cutting too fast with fixed you can scalp the ground on flat but bumpy soil.
  4. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    TTHP all the way, no more fixed deck. When changing height, you will thank a million TTHP. Go hydro, no substitute for hill climbing and mowing.
  5. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Lee Roy, go with a floating deck design if you have hilly properties. I have about three and two of them are very "hilly" and I used my 48" Viking on one and it scalped in a few places and the homeowners were not too pleased. I switched to our 36" Metro HP (floating deck) and we have not had any problems since. And if you can swing it get a 36" Turf Tracer HP its well worth it!
  6. lawnworker

    lawnworker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    The 38 tthp or the 48 tthp will do what you need. Its your choice based on gates and things.
  7. Lee Roy

    Lee Roy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Thanks for all your advise.

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