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Incline cutting

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by edawg, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. edawg

    edawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I need to buy a zero turn mower. I have several properties to cut that are on an incline. What's the best mower for incline cutting? I heard that Hustler holds an incline better that any mower because of it's low center of gravity. Also would a walk-behind with a sulky be better than a rider to cut an incline?
  2. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 944

    depends on how steep of an incline it is....anything over 15 degrees it's better to use a walk behind
  3. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    this is true, but i've taken my mower on a 30 degree incline, such as a ditch, some times it slide, some times it dosen't.
  4. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    If you are determined to use a ZTR midmount. I would consider the Scag Turf Tiger or the Bad Boy Outlaw. I tested my Outlaw today pointing it downhill where my Exmark and Hustler Super Z would lose traction and slide the Outlaw rolls right down. But keep in mind with any of these , they all have a breaking point where you might get in trouble, none are perfect.
  5. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    Ya I expirenced that trouble last week! My mower slid right into a pond after I lost traction on my left wheel. I thought I saw a hustler with a roll cage on it once.
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  6. georgiagrass

    georgiagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    The walk behind will always be safer on questionable inclines. You can always dismount from the velke and walk the incline. A bigger mid mount with really wide tires and a low center of gravity (our Gravely 152Z really fits this description) is pretty stable, but the walk behind is safer.
  7. Buck_wheat

    Buck_wheat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 585

    Why would anybody point their mower directly down hill if you can avoid it. Guy down here just died rolling his mower into a canal because he pushed the envelope. Like the other poster said, more than 15 degrees, & you are better off (safer) with a walker
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,372

    There's a difference between cutting a 30 degree berm with grass or gravel at the bottom and a 10 degree incline that goes down to water, a wall, fence, or cliff.
  9. Buck_wheat

    Buck_wheat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 585

    True enough; but a midmount mower rolling on top of you at the bottom of a 30 degree berm with grass or gravel at the bottom is still going to hurt something, rollover protection not withstanding. An arm or leg will fly out, head, neck... etc.

    I'm planning on living in one piece forever... or die trying. :)
  10. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    I mow in different directions on hillsides too. One needs to use common sense and to know where this slipping point is before going downhill in a dangerous area. My point was that some mowers are safer than others, pointed downhill and don't tell me you have not ever gone down a hill with a ztr. If you are not sure don't do it. I've mowed these same hills for 18 yrs with different ztr's , so I feel more comfortable and confident in doing so. I also always have an escape plan, whether it be speeding up and regaining control during a slide or if needed baling off before plunging into the lake.

    Always know your boundaries or limitations, don't find out the hard way.

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