Help....Which Mower should I use?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by vikingcompany, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. vikingcompany

    vikingcompany LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 10

    I am going to be mowing a large sized property that has a very large embankment on one side that is about a 45 degree angle. I was quite surprised to hear that the previous company mowed it with a rider. I have two mowers in my fleet. An Exmark Phaser and a Sears Craftsman. Do I need to be concerned with oil not circulating through the engine on either two of these machines because of the angle these riding mowers would be on?
  2. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    Kabota 4x4's are high quality for hills -- probably the best.

    Personally.....I would not bid on this property.

    Too much trouble & risks.
  3. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    Craftsman? Sell it while it runs. I use my Toro Z on crazy hills. Its a 60 inch with the 23 hp diesel engine. No problems. Your mowers may be too small. Just be careful and dont take too much risk, when you feel it giving out, get something different.
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,381

    We do some ditches and I noticed our Kohler 15hp tapping and discovered that when the pickup side was uphill it did make a difference. We stopped that practice and went to weed eaters.
  5. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    No riders are made for 45 degrees. You may need to check the slope angle again, 45 degrees is extremely steep.
  6. vikingcompany

    vikingcompany LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 10

    I'll take a picture of the hill and post it
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    You can't even walk up or down a 45 degree slope let alone operate a mower.
  8. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    have those pix yet?

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    I was in Colorado last week, and we were on 45 degree slopes, and I can guarantee you would not be cutting with a ztr on that kind of grade.
  10. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Yeah a 45 degree angle would be hard to walk on let alone using a rider or Z. Whatever mower you use to cut this hill make sure it has full pressure lubrication if it doesn't you may ruin your engine. You may also want to consider that the average house roof is between 25-35 degree angle

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