I need help before I kill myself!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PowerHungry, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. PowerHungry

    PowerHungry LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Ok. The title may be overly dramatic, but I have a real problem.

    I have a Hustler Fastrack Honda 20hp/52" deck that I got back when I lived on 1.5 acres. My job has since moved me and my yard is now normal residential size. The problem is that we back up to a creek. In the back yard, it slopes about 30 degrees until it drops about 20 feet into the creek at about 60 degrees. The 30 degree part is grass and the 60 degree is wild.

    I love my Hustler, but it is not designed for this. I want to mow the 30 degree hill and avoid careening down the 60 degree hill into the creek. I've managed to limp by for 2 years now, but in that time I've "lost it" about a half dozen times and ended up winching the mower out of the drink. Not to mention the exciting ride down! The best method I've found for mowing the 30 degree part is by backing down the slope and then mowing up--never turning sideways to the slope. This is, to say the least, cumbersome.

    Well, I'm tired of tempting fate. Two questions. How much should my FastTrack bring in trade and what should I replace it with. Money is definetely an issue and I would love it if there was an even trade option.

    Thanks for your help!!!!!
  2. PowerHungry

    PowerHungry LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I haven't measured the slope and it wouldn't surpise me if it is more like 40 degrees instead of 30.
  3. SOMM

    SOMM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Might be time for extreme landscaping to be insalled upon the whole hillside.
    Might be as extensive as round-up entire hillside, blow in hardwood mulch 2" thick or pebbles/chat then installing hardy evergreens (spear junipers and plains native cedars) amongst even an entirety of sunset-color, Branson Table Rock boulder slabs be craned-in.

    Otherwise you'll need a low-center, low-gear, diesel dually with a guardrail cemented at waters edge.
  4. PowerHungry

    PowerHungry LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7


    Actually, about half the back yard is as I described it. The other half is almost exactly as you described it right down to the boulders.

    So, does anyone have a suggestion that doesn't involve lots of $$$$$$?
  5. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Buy a regular residential walk behind and cut the backyard with that.
  6. PowerHungry

    PowerHungry LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I've got one and, frankly, I don't feel very comfortable with that either. The slope is such that I have a hard time walking up & down it without trying to push/pull a mower.

    I should have mentioned that I have seriously considered just selling the Hustler and getting a contractor to do the whole yard. Problem is, from what I've read on here, I don't think that a contractor will be too excited about the project either. Any comments on that would be appreciated--especially, what to look for in a contractor.

    Thanks to all for your help!
  7. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    Have not read your thread or the replies but just though it was important that I get this written as soon as possible --- don't kill yourself. There is more to life than mowing yards. :laugh: :laugh:
  8. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    A hustler 48" hydro WB would do that OK. A Stand up sulky for riding on the flat area and take the sulky off and walk the slope if that's more comfortable.
  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Sounds like a job for a Kubota GR2000 or GR2100.

    Or you could see about getting a good trade-in on a hustler walkbehind.
  10. lawnrangeralaska

    lawnrangeralaska LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 433

    You should see if you can manage to install the Walker wide rims and spacers onto your fastrak, and order the all terrian tires for it! Then get a welder to make you weights for the front end of this machine! I own a 18hp 44 fastrak and it does hills really well! I could tell you if this tire switch over will work because im taking my all terrians off to get turf ones so i could jack up the fastrak and see if there is clearence for them! But good luck

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