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Mowing steep banks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CLEANCUT007, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. CLEANCUT007

    CLEANCUT007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    What do you guys think is the best piece of equipment for mowing steep banks? Would a walk behind be the best option? i have picked up a big church with 4 of the nastiest banks you have ever tried to work on and i am doing my best with a 52" ZTR right now and push mowing or weedeating the areas i just cant get on.. any advice would be appreciated..
  2. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,416

    i've put a lot of thought into this for a future machine and what i have come up with is a smaller walk-behind, and i think pistol grips would be the best option to have the best control...i'm thinking about a 36" toro, BUT i really like the new T2 t-bar controls, i just think that having pistol grips would be the best option, especially with a floating deck for scalping reasons for using on hills...i now have a 48" JD walk behind with pistol grips and i like the control, it's just a little big, i don't see how ANY other type of control, especially the old t-bar could give you control once you start to slip...riders will just tear it up and stand-ons i hear don't have great control on hills...a 36" floating deck hydrostat toro walk-behind also runs $5700, so i hope i make the right choice...

    36" Walk-Behind
    Floating Deck
    Pistol Grips
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Of course a walkbehind is the best machine for the job. A hydro would be even better. Get that Z off the bank before someone gets hurt.
    I can't imagine not having at least a 36" walkbehind on the trailer.
    I have 3 walkbehinds on my trailer right now.
  4. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    keep the z and get a 36 inch walk behind for the steep banks. This is what I am doing
  5. Green Grass

    Green Grass LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Messages: 163

    use my stander on steep banks and love it!!
  6. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    my 48" exmark tthp is a beast on the steep hills. i only wish it had more weight on the front, that will solve my problems completely.
  7. F Y P M

    F Y P M LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I have 2 accts with steep inclines and I use an old encore 36 pistol grip I picked up this year slapped new drive belts and it will hold the hill awsome, it's the only 2 jobs it is used for as of now.

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