Mowing on slopes

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  1. fscot4283

    fscot4283 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    What is the slope limitation for mowing across the face of slopes for the Fastrak, Hustler Z and Hustler Mini Z? :confused:
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    Here is the inforamtion right out the owners manual.

    Slopes are a major factor in loss-of-control and tip-over accidents,
    which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes require extra
    caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it; do
    not mow it.
    ▲ Use extreme caution when operating on slopes.
    • Be extremely careful changing directions on a slope. Slow down.
    • Do not operate where the machine could slip or tip.
    ▲ Do not remove or modify the stabilizer wheels.
    ▲ Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the
    machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
    ▲ Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc.
    ▲ Keep all movement on slopes slow and gradual. Do not make
    sudden changes in speed or direction.
    ▲ Avoid starting and stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction,
    disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope.
    ▲ Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn slowly and
    gradually downhill, if possible.
    ▲ Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments. The machine
    could suddenly turn over if a wheel goes over the edge of a cliff or
    ditch, or if an edge caves in.
    ▲ Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause sliding.
    ▲ Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the
    ▲ The Hustler mower is capable of operating horizontally (traverse) on
    moderately steep slopes. When operating on slopes up to 15
    degrees, be aware of any conditions that may cause the tractor drive
    tires to lose traction resulting in a possible loss of control of the
    machine. An operator should not operate on a slope until he is
    thoroughly familiar with the equipment.
    Do not operate on slopes greater than 15 degrees.
    Refer to Figure 2-1, page 2-7, when determining the degree of slope
    to be mowed.
    It is strongly recommended that the operator drive the machine
    off of the slope, using extreme caution, if any sign of loss of traction
    is detected. Wait until the condition that caused the problem is
    resolved before attempting to operate on the slope again.
    Terrain conditions can affect traction resulting in possible loss of
    control of the machine. Some of the conditions to be aware of are:
    1. Wet terrain
    2. Depressions in the ground; i.e. holes, ruts, washouts
    3. Mounds of dirt
    4. Soil type; i.e. sand, loose dirt, gravel, clay
    5. Grass type, density, and height
    6. Extremely dry conditions of grass
    7. Tire pressure
    The attachments mounted to the tractor will also affect the way it
    handles on a slope. Be aware that each attachment’s characteristics
    Another consideration to safe mowing on slopes is to be aware of
    what is located at the bottom of the slope. Extreme caution should
    be used when there is a hazard located at the bottom of the slope.
    Some examples are:
    1. Water; i.e. lake, river
    2. Cliffs, retaining walls
    3. Roads, highways
    4. Buildings
    5. Rocks
    These are just a few examples of situations when caution must be
    used when operating on a slope. There are many other possibilities too numerous to mention. Just remember to always exercise extreme
    caution when operating on any slope.

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