new to riding a ztr but how?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by contourbs, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. contourbs

    contourbs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    how do you do straight lines,when your at the end of the line to do the next do you do the it a 3 point turn.if so when i do it it makes marks in the grass.
  2. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    I get my lines real straight by focusing my eyes directly across the lawn on the other side where I want the end of the line to be & drive mower staight to it. As far as turning it depends on if your on flat ground or sloped hill. Flat ground turns with outside wheel spinning forward while inside wheel turns back a little. Sloped turn are 3 pt facing to the up hill side most turns (takes a little practice).
  3. Sooners

    Sooners LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    I have one property that has a curb for several hundred feet and then grass on both sides. Every time I mow it I follow the curb with my eyes until it quits and when I get to the end of the strip, I've mowed off at an angle to the right. I spend so much time watching the curb I can't focus on another object ahead.
  4. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I always go around the perimeter twice before I start striping. Gives you more room to line up the strips.
  5. barringtonbrothers

    barringtonbrothers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    For me I really concentrate on the very first line, and getting it really straight. I can base the rest of the lines off the first one with no problems.
  6. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I pick two objects past the far end of the property, drive toward them and maintain the same horizontal perspective. Example, I may pick a fence post in the next yard and a window on a house in the next block. The further the objects are apart, the more accurate your line will be.

    Now actually driving that straight line depends on the terrain and speed of your mower.

    The turn I perform at the end of a row depends on the turf conditions, but I always cut at least one pass on the entire perimeter before starting on the rows.
  7. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I cut the first line as straight as possible and the next you just follow your lines. I do the outside "frame" after because it takes care of any turn marks I've made.
  8. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    very true............ If I need to correct a crooked line I will do it over 3-4 strips.
  9. seymour_glass

    seymour_glass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Basically, for making straight stripes, just don't look to much in front of you, but look farther off. Like everyone said its easier when you focus on an object.

    And if you f-ck up a line and make it crooked, especially one of the first few, don't even bother going on before going back over to straighten it, cuz otherwise the rest of the lawn will just be crooked.

    Crooked stripes just suck.
  10. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    you can do like I did....I bought my Z in the dead of Winter....

    I then learned how to use it mowing baseball fields for the churches in my area...for about will make mistakes. and pick up accounts....

    Churches are good revenue...

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