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Mowing banks along interstates

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by XterraJohn, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. XterraJohn

    XterraJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Has anyone seen how the mow the banks along the interstates here in Texas? Perhaps they do it the same way elsewhere. While I've seen the specially designed hill mowers on here before, the state guys here appear to be using stock John Deere 6000-series 4WD tractors with bushhogs on the back. I've seen them do it, and I still don't understand how they keep the tractors on 4 wheels. Do the wide mowers behind them help provide stability? Some of the hills look to be at least 20-30 degrees.
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    bat wings,
    In fact I have several bids in on this type of mowing,,

    I used to live in the DFW area,
  3. XterraJohn

    XterraJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Do the bat wing mowers some how keep the tractor from tipping over?
  4. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    not really, it may help a little but most tractors have hitches that swivel, here we have slope mowers Deweez (sp) makes them they look like a dirtbike w/ a mowing deck under it and they work well 2 wheel drive and can mow close to a 30 degree bank
  5. ncgrad00

    ncgrad00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    With a batwing you are more likely to slide down the hill than to tip over. I have lots of experience I live on a farm and spend most of the summer running the batwing up and down the road and in places we cant mow for hay.
  6. D6c

    D6c LawnSite Member
    from IA
    Messages: 13

    The batwing mower isn't going to give you any protection against rollover....you have to know your tractor and go slow. Things can get hairy quick if you hit an anthill on the high side and a gopher hole on the low side...
  7. ncgrad00

    ncgrad00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    A 15 foot batwing off the back of a tractor is going to give you protection against roll over. The hydrolics that hold the batwing up also hold it down. You are going to have to be on a very steep hill to have one tip over. Like I said you will slide down the hill before you tip over.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Ha the guys that do it im my area either use the big John Deere 4wd tractors or there are 8 guys out there swinging Stihl FS-250R's.

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