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Help!! Zero Turn on Slopes!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cb31, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. cb31

    cb31 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I'm a first-timer on this site but I figured this is the best place to ask many professionals their opinion. I just purchased a Hustler Fastrak 54" with a Kawasaki and I love it, however....I have this large slope in my backyard, probably 15-20 degrees. Can someone please tell me the best way to mow it with this mower? I had no problem going side to side and up and down with a tractor mower but this mower is much trickier. I have zero turn experience but I've never had this kind of hill to mow.

    First attempt: Went straight down and planned to turn before the bottom to come straight back up (was gonna mow the "turning area" at the very bottom when I was finished) but the tires lost traction, I put it in full reverse and just spun the tires, I tried to turn out of it but it slid sideways until I went into the ditch. Had to get a tow truck with a winch to get me out. Hour meter still said .7!!

    Second Attempt: Tried going side to side but kept sliding down the hill towards the bottom. I had to keep the front end pointed up to even keep a straight line going across.

    I love this mower but I feel like it might be wrong for my yard!! Help!! I just bought it yesterday for over $5,000! Side note: There is no flat-spot at the bottom of the hill at all, it ends in a ditch.
  2. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    You should of bought a stander....or a walk-behind...they are much better on slops that ZTR....
  3. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    I use my 36 inch walk behind for yards with alot of slopes and ditches. If it is a small area, I just use my trimmer to cut the hill or ditch. I also use my 21inch walk push mower on some slopes. I can cut a yard with alot of slopes and ditches faster with the 36 inch walk behind than a ZTR.
  4. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    ZTR + Steep Slopes = Trouble. I'd suggest you continue to use your tractor type mower or get a walkbehind. Many posts in the files on this topic. Do a "Search" and in the mean time be careful.
  5. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    that mower is gonna flip over and crush you.
  6. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,330

    Same here...I dont mess with slopes because 2 things will happen. 1--You'll roll it or 2. You'll tear the turf up. I roll my Quick 36 off to take care of that problem.

    Man don't push your luck on hills...you dont wanna be under that thing if she rolls. Just do a search for Z turn deaths on here...you'll see.
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Walk behinds are for slopes not ZTR's, that can kill you. Has happened before.
  8. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    Thats what I have the X720 tractor for. Z's arent good on hills. Like said above, use a walk behind or tractor.
  9. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    Looks like you're gonna sell it now :)
  10. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    The fasttrak was not designed for slopes. The hydro pumps will not hold on that slope. The Super Z With the large 21 cc Pumps Can hold on that type of degree or angle, But still is dangerous. The walk-behind is best suited for large slopes.How fast are you trying to mow.

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