How are zero turns on a steep hill? is this too steep??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bigw, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    Got a job today and the lawn has a very steep hill in the back yard,just wondering would a 60'' ztr be ok on such a hill or would i be better off using my quick 36 on something like this? I cant explain the hill but sort of like this but not as steep.

  2. GrassQuester

    GrassQuester LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    That hill would be to steep for my 48 scag zero turn more towards the bottom but if it was even the slightest bit wet I wouldnt try it.Id take my 48 exmark on it to play it safe.I also see a potential scalping on the top right hand corner.
  3. newtostone

    newtostone LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 681

    Please don't kill yourself, try a push mower.
  4. GrassQuester

    GrassQuester LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    A 48 hydro would have no problem you might have to lift up a bit to avoid scalp.
  5. MV Property Care

    MV Property Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Remember your quick 36 is a single hydro, so it slides easily going sideways on hills. If you use your quick 36 with that steep of an angle you will have to go up and down. That means you need room to turn around at the top and bottom. I recommend a self propelled push 21" push mower. Be safe.
  6. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    that like a 45* angle....any machine you put on it will implode from oil starvation.
    not to mention if the machine gets away from you it going through the wall at the bottom of the hill

    I think your stuck with a string trimmer.
  7. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I never thought about the whole oil starvation thing. What are the chances of that happening? How steep does a hill need to be for that to happen?
  8. Frue

    Frue LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,472

    I think a walk would struggle on that!!!
  9. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    I say try it first... but remember to bring your digital camera in case you get it stuck down there... that's the picture I wanna see. :)

    in all honesty... there's no way you could do that slope w/ turns... specially early morning.
  10. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    Looks like a Job for a 2 stroke Lawn-boy. We have a lot of them type of hills in my area, and that's why I love the older lawn-boys, they are light and 2 cycle.

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