mower turf ripping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mike9497, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    i have many models of exmark seems that on most lawns my walk behinds rip up the grass when turning or backing up.what can i do to make this stop?my riders and older walk behinds don`t rip the turf.
  2. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Is it hydro or belt drive?
  3. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    one thing you can try is playing with tire air pressures. try lowering them a little and this should help
  4. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    i tried messin with the tires but they still do it.there turf tracer hps and regular turf tracers
  5. ddavisjr

    ddavisjr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I always pull the pivot (inside) wheel back toward me when I am turning. This makes sure that the tire does not just sit in the same spot and tear/twist the grass. So if am turning toward my left: I squeeze the pistol grip and pull back with my left arm on my belt drives (if hydro I just squeeze til the tire wants to go in reverse) and the right tire moves forward while the left moves back and I am then ready to make the next pass. Hope this helps.
  6. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i agree with davis jr. try pulling back the inside wheel when turning. if its a hydro, just pull back on the levers, but if its belt, youll have to use some brute strength. hope this helps.
  7. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Both wheels on a walk behind must be moving or you will tear up the turf big time. One wheel turns one way and the other wheel turns the opposite. This translates to the inside wheel turning toward the rear of the machine the outside wheel turning to the front of the machine.

  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Gravely Man said it...and don't forget to change the direction you're mowing. I like mowing at 90 degrees one week, 45 the next. This way you are not week after week turning in the same area.

    just my 2 cents

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