Mowing steep grades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lombardi, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    For the guys that mow steep pond dams or grades that are too severe for your regular mowers, what do you use? Pictured below is what I currently use, but I just wanted other ideas. Thanks.
    Polaris 400 Sportsman, 44" Swisher Trailmower w/ 10.5 hp B/S.
  2. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    Oops. Here's the picture.

    pond bank mower.jpg
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Than a ZTR?

    I used to ride 4 wheelers as a kid and they were never good on hills. They're too topheavy.

    I'd rather by on my Lazer than a 4 wheeler on a steep hill.
  4. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    The pond banks I use this on are too steep for my ZTR. I have to use 4WD to make it up. The terrain is also too rugged for a ZTR. I have only come close to tipping over once and that was because my downhill side tires went into a big groundhog hole. I jumped off and walked it the rest of the way before it tipped
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    My arsenal includes 52" hydro Scag w/b and sulky, 21" Toro s/p w/b, and a Stihl FS80 trimmer. I use whichever one is fastest and easiest on any given instance. Scag and sulky goes on anything you can safely stand on (pull sulky off if wet or rough), 21" lets you be down or uphill of where you are actually cutting which is sometimes helpful, and same for the trimmer which is best on ground that is way too rough to put a mower on (big clumps of dirt, rocks, holes, etc).
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    If I can't use a WB or trimmer, I don't want the job. No job is worth taking the chance of getting hurt by it.
  7. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    My Gravely walk-behind tractor with mower deck, or 30" bush hog, and dual wheels will go up a hill too steep for a goat.
  8. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    I sub the job out to a friend that has an Aebi tractor with a front flail cutter.

  9. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    Same here minus the trimmer part.
  10. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    My scag 52" walk behind will slide sideways before it tips. I have a few steep places I do with it. Just walk it instead of riding the sulky and I always turn facing the up hill side versus down (Never point a w/b down steep hills). I can tell you a story about that one, but Id' rather forget it:cool:

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