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Mowing rough ground

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jimbo76a, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. jimbo76a

    jimbo76a LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Any suggestions as to what kind of maching might work best for mowing an area of about 5 acres whose ground is rough and uneven? I'm not talking huge holes or anything like that. Basically it is a field that has not been tended to in the past. The other land on the property is very level and smooth and I'm not apposed to buying two different machines for the job. I've been told that the front mount Z i'm looking at may not be suitable for the rougher ground. any truth to this? any ideas? thanks
  2. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    You might want to demo the Ferris with the independent suspension. If you do a search on this unit, ther might be some good info for you.
  3. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    I'm very conscience of being bumped around. I have a smaller rider, and a WB/velky. I've found that if it's too bumpy for a velky, it's also too bumpy for a mid mount Z . You may want look at a three wheeler like a Ferris or scag, and run the tire pressure on the rear wheel low"and" get yourself of cushion to put on the seat. The advantage of a 3wheelr' is you can hold onto the steering wheel so you don't get bounced back and forth.
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Why not redo the 5 acres so its not to rough? That would be cheaper than buying another piece of equipment. Or trac with brush hog would work to just keep it mowed down.
  5. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    Switchless has a good point about the 3wheelers. you can run the pressure on the read tire low and its a much smoother ride that getting rattled to pieces on a z or sulky.
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,720

    I have found that a front-mount works better on rough ground than a midmount ZTR. I have mowed some very rough properties with a Grasshopper, 61" front mount. It rides pretty good on the rough ground, and gives a very nice cut, even in really bad conditions.:)
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    I don't care what kind of mower you run to give the operator a smoother ride on rough ground, its still harder on equipment than smooth ground
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    If this is the only piece of property you are concerned about, then I'd suggest a nice sized tractor with a finish mower on the back. If it's that rough, a Ford 8N or 9N with a 60" Woods or Landpride finish mower won't even feel the bumps. You can cut at about 10 mph, too.
  9. jimbo76a

    jimbo76a LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thankyou to everyone for your input
  10. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    If you are a little chubby, make sure you wear a bro ( bra for a man) otherwise you'll be bouncing around alot. :)

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