loss of traction

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Jaybrown, May 25, 2013.

  1. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    I have a John Deere 925. Even on slight down hill grades I lose traction and slide. Once the front is pointing down you can't recover It makes big marks and I get stuck all the time. What can I do to fix this. I love the machine on flat ground but even slight hills are a challenge
  2. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    Can anything be done to help with this??
  3. Ray_Lawns

    Ray_Lawns LawnSite Member
    from NE AL
    Messages: 125

    You can try putting water in your tires to help, past that I don't know. I run an Ecmrk HP with a 52 inch deck and it holds a slope like a goat . try filling the rear tires half full with water.
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Never point a ZTR down a hill back down the hill
  5. Southern Lawn Care  LLC

    Southern Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 314

    I run a 920m Deere and have no trouble at all. My 997 zero does not have any issues either and I cut some steep hills. How steep are the hills your cutting? Up and down isn't good on a hill with a ZTR. You should go sideways on it or use a pusher.
  6. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    don't point the front down hill, only point it up hill things are much safer that way.
  7. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    Put weights on back end or sly back down
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  8. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,755

    looks like he's in Canada... I wouldn't put water in up there due to freezing... a water/anti-freeze mix would work. If he has 26x12 rears that'll be close to 100lb additional per tire.
  9. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,011

    check tire pressure take em down to 10psi I would be willing to bet they are way to high on PSI.
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    Weight the tires and your looking at 1/2 life for the wheel motors
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