one handed steering

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rdh, Feb 17, 2001.

  1. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    just wondering who can operate with one hand on the steering levers of a ztr ?,and what kind of mower do you have?can you do it along a fence?

    i have dane chariot and i cant hold a straight line long
    let alone try it along a fence
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943


    I used to do it on my Dixie and now I do it on my Lazer. Takes practice. Don't do to many fence lines, but if all your doing is weaving in and out, then its easy. Its when you want to do a zero turn around that you need two hands.

  3. lawman

    lawman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    I use a trimmer on the fence line first. It is not worth the chance of hitting something. And I do belive that I cut a closer cut. In open areas I use two hands also. One to drive and one to hold my coffee with.
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,831

    I only use one hand except for turns, including along fences or brich buildings. I can turn using one hand,but it is easier with two hands. :)

    This frees up the other hand for the OCDC or throttle.
    As a few of you might know, I use Dixie Choppers. :)
  5. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    i had asked a??'s on one of my post about why 90% of walker owner are using one hand on steering and one on the gas.
    i was told it was a cruise control.very nice feature .on some pictures they are trimming with one hand .
    i think with cruise control you can let go of steering so it ruturns to center and if you need to go to left or right
    a little just bump a streering handle.
    maybe they should start putting cruise on all ztr's.
  6. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    RDH i can use one hand pretty easily to operate my chariot. As far as i know the dane and walfer are the only two that have the levers between the legs. Its very nice and very easy to do with one hand although i wouldnt trust myself at 8-10 mph along a fenceline. =)
  7. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    for some reason mine is to stiff to use one handed, and they
    dont even return to center if i let go, i have to move them to center to stop. are yours like this or ,do i need to get it looked at . its been that way since new, can you let go of controlls and come to a stop mine will just keep going and never stop.
  8. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 564

    Walkers work best if you use one handed steering.
  9. npalomba

    npalomba LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    It's doable; it just takes practice.
  10. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,261

    I'm right-handed, but I drive my Grasshopper with my left hand. On hard turns I use both hands. Anymore it doesn't feel right with 2 hands on the steering levers.

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