Lake Bank Mowing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LGL, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. LGL

    LGL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Ok, so I have the opportunity to bid on a property which has large open areas, but also has 7 medium to large lakes. I want to know what the general opinion is about what the best style of mower would be for mowing the lake banks, any thoughts are appreciated. I currently have a 34 Phazer and a 48 Z wing Cub. My thought is a large Turf Tracer?
  2. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,588

    you are correct sir. your could always be like me and just risk it though, water wont kill you lol. ive been cutting grass for 10 years and ive never fallen in.
  3. LGL

    LGL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Even if I could mow them with mine, would it be faster with the Turf Tracer?
  4. stuntmanlogan

    stuntmanlogan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    I wouldn't risk it. I would just buy a 60 inch turf tracer.
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    You're stupid if you think water won't kill you. You'll be the one we read about that drown while the mower had you pinned down after sliding into the water and landing on top of you.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011
  6. Floridalandcare

    Floridalandcare LawnSite Senior Member
    from Tampa
    Messages: 314

    We maintain a large HOA in Trinity Florida that has about 50 drainage ponds . We use a 72 and 60 inch Lazer and a 60 inch Dixie . Cutting around ponds with steep banks holds a danger all to its self . Ive heard of people being trapped and drowing in 1 foot of water when the machine rolls over on them .
    We line trim about 2-3 feet up the bank so the mowers dont have to get so close , this is time consuming though so you should bid the job accordingly . You will however get the machine{s} stuck espically in the morning when the grass is wet or after a rain ,on steep banks the tires slide and bam your stuck.Its easier to get a walk behind ou of a lake than it is a big rider. We get our machines stuck all the time no matter how careful we are and it can turn a long day into a really long day . Ill post some pics of my sunken Dixie ,
  7. Chevy z71

    Chevy z71 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,052

    Put a truf tracer on it.
  8. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    ZTRs are death traps near water, great care must be exercised as it only takes one time to get pinned under a mower and drown. Either string trim it, walk it, or get a stand on mower. Grass isn't worth the risk.
  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 41,957

    Turf Tracers are great on hills, but I can also state that Snapper Pro SW20 48" walk behinds are excellent darn near half the price. I think the rear tires on the Snapper are larger (18") than the Turf Tracer (17") but I might be wrong.

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