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Hydrostatic sit-downs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by adforester, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Hello everyone,
    I have a scag freedom z 48" sit down mower and was wondering how everyone else fares on hills that have hydrostatic sit downs?

    I went to mow a new clients lawn that is steep and noticed that my wheel produ ces ruts from when the wheels loose traction going upill. Going downhill with the mower made you loose control even quicker. Is it because I weigh so much?
    I've seen lil equadorians on a "surfer" mower which seemed to do well going down hills that I didn't think mine would be capable of going down!

    Also my front tires are producing ruts too when they need to turn sharply.(?)

    Just seemed like any turn I made today produced marks on the lawn. Is it because of my mower? Imean I thought i was going slowly, I wasn't even trying to do a zero turn with it?
  2. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    The grass/bare dirt surfaces were wet today, I couldn't do a zero turn anywhere.

    Just wondering, does anyone do zeru turn everytime they make a 180 turn?
    Is that what I should be doing?
  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,569

    when it's wet or moist i do 3 point turns also called Y turns...if it's dry i do zero turns...alot of people do zero turns wrong...they key is to almost come to a complete stop or you can even completely stop before you do your 180 turn...if you just keep going forward and then turn the inside wheel tends to stay still during the turn and rips the turf up...if you stop or almost stop then the inside wheel turns backwards while the outside wheel goes forwards which is the correct way and it doesn't damage the turf.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeh it's the dunlap disease lol I'm sorry it was hard to resist.
  5. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    There's your problem. You bought a homeowner mower to use commercially.
  6. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I thought all hydrostatic mowers were the same on hills? ...sucky
    Last I checked my mower says SCAG on it, I think that means commercial
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,353

    The Scag Freedom series is listed as high end residential or light commercial. Regardless most hydros have a hard time holding steep hills. Scags do pretty well, my cub has no problem. Keep practicing, it takes a learned touch. Y or K turns are least apt to tear the turf. But again practice is the key. No you cannot do a 180 pivot turn on any mower and not rip the turf.
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  8. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,382

    Where are you GMLC??? Tell him what he's got. An "entry level Scag"!!

  9. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    LOL gmlc?
    I like the freedom even compaired to enmark's
  10. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    I think that means its made by SCAG. It has a shortened commercial warranty for a reason and a special warranty for Homeowner use. It doesnt have the Velocity deck that they are known for. It has smaller tires than all of their other ZTR's which probably makes it worse on hills. It has engine options that are not commercial engines.

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