Hills and Slopes

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by ThunderChicken07, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. ThunderChicken07

    ThunderChicken07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I would like see what ztr mower you guys think will hold a hill or slope the best. If you have experience only on one type/brand/etc. i would like information on it as well. I'm currently in school but already have a few customers lined up for next summer and i'll need a mower that can handle some hills. Thanks in advance for your comments!
  2. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    How steep?
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  3. ThunderChicken07

    ThunderChicken07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    40-45 degree
  4. bheath

    bheath LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Ferris 3100IS is awesome holding hill because of it four wheel independant suspension.
  5. ThunderChicken07

    ThunderChicken07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    would having a stander, front mount, or mid mount make any kind of difference?
  6. banksl&s

    banksl&s LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    subscribed, I would like to hear opinions on this also.
  7. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    I use my Toro Z450 on slopes but only because its two or three passes up/down the hill. They're not designed to be used on slopes. All the weights on the back wheels of my mower and I can make it do wheelies if I gun it. Make a down hill turn too tight and fast and you'll find out fast that it can be done but done with care.

    A walkbehind is you're best bet. Stander would be next best. How big of properties you working with?
  8. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    I prefer my Gravely Pro Stance on slopes. The Hustler is too hard to control it seems like.
  9. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,275

  10. Dan85

    Dan85 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    I second the vote for Ferris; I'm not sure if ours stick to slopes so well because of the suspension or the turf tires, but it definitely out performs our Hustler super-z.

    Walk behinds are almost limitless; I used to mow fairly steep bridge abutments with a walk behind Ferris 48" without any issues.

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