Hills and Slopes

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

  1. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,275

    In what way does it out perform the SZ? Pumps, grip......?
  2. rwaters

    rwaters LawnSite Senior Member
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    Messages: 731

    the super Z was not built for hills till next year, I can see that but the ATZ on the other hand will do much better then the ferris as it was built for hills. And come on suspension will not help you hold a hill.
  3. FrogLick

    FrogLick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I've used a Grasshopper 618 (no longer avail) w/wide stance tandem rear wheels on some very rough grass/weeds on steep slopes that aren't smooth at all. The front mount deck gives it a longer overall wheelbase. I only mow up & down on steep slopes, frequently backing up on the steepest. Slopes can always be dangerous so be very careful.
  4. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    my .02 your only choice is a steiner or ventrac. 40 to 50% is frickin steep beau
  5. shiveslandcsaping

    shiveslandcsaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I think there is only 1 brand rated up to 40 degrees and that is Kut Kwick.
  6. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    I am calling it. No way it is 40 or 50 deg....find the real slope, that will be a huge factor. Anything over 25 is way too unsafe for a ztr, not at all worth it.
  7. The LawnRanger

    The LawnRanger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    I would say a walk behind be your best bet and for those who say the super Z doesnt handle hills very well must be operator error I demoed one that had 31 hp Kawi HT and I took it on hills and slopes most would be affraid to take a walk behind and it performed flawless I couldnt' get it to slide
  8. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    Ventrac with duals on it might handle the slope depending on what type of ground you are running on. That's a steep slope. Where are you finding that kind of slope? Retention ponds, highway off ramps, where. With more details folks here can give you more feedback. Pictures would also be helpful.

    Whatever you are running your biggest issue will be keeping the engine oil running right with that much slope. Doesn't matter if it is a walk behind or a rider. Heck, we even toyed with the idea of putting a Rotex 2-cycle in a worn out Bobcat MT-52 just so we could go up and down the slopes.

    Bottom line is that you need to give us more information.
  9. Bay de Noc Lawn Car

    Bay de Noc Lawn Car LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    I quit using my 48wb on slopes because I could hold more of a hill with my 700 series grasshopper. That youtube link of the hustler on the slope was nothing. But as everyone else was saying a ztr is not going to be a good as some specialized hillside mowers.
  10. nolanjim

    nolanjim LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    Walk behinds for steep slopes. I have tried all ztrs and none handle 45 degree slopes well.
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