Rain - Tire Marks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Michael Ray, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Michael Ray

    Michael Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 395

    First full time year here. I'm inside today because it is dumping buckets. Obviously tomorrow I'd like to get going first thing in the morning but I have a bunch of new accounts and I'm worried about the ZTR leaving muddy tracks from the soaked ground. Any tips or obvious things I'm missing? .... other than waiting an extra day of course....
  2. flybynite

    flybynite LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 743

    I have a few properties that have some saturation even after a week of no rain. I let them know ahead of time that it can and probably will leave mud tracks in that area but after another cut they'll be gone. So far none have complained about it. Probably because I explained it to them upfront. Now if the entire property is soaked you might want to wait.
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  3. 13Razorbackfan

    13Razorbackfan LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,626

    It really depends on how firm the soil is and the customer you are dealing with. During the summer months the ground is usually firm in my area and sometimes leave mud tracks but tell the customer what they are. I will usually call/text them and explain they will disappear shortly and they're not ruts. If the soil is soft I won't run my big ztr's over it even if it don't leave ruts.
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  4. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,629

    As much as it sucks and it does, we will pull out our small fleet of 21" commercial Hondas and even do our "big yards" to avoid rutting. That being said big to us is nothing like some of yall. Our largest has about half an acre of actual turf. That's what we are doing today. Rained out yesterday, rained all day Sunday, it's soggy. And in some areas Ill have 2 or 3 guys just use trimmers to "mow". Not profitable but keeps the customer and us on schedule.
  5. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,969

    Lighter mower with oversize wheel/tires

  6. Eco Land and Lawn Care

    Eco Land and Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I'm going to have to do this to my old Scag now that I've seen it done. Can you give me some tire wheel sizes you used? Also, I assume you dropped the back of the deck to compensate?
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,816

    A few years back we had a lawn that didn't get fully cut until the first or second week of June because they didn't want tire tracks.

    It's over 3 acres...we ain't doing it with a 21".
  8. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,969

    Stock walker wheels for model c & b. 18 x 8.5-10 lowest hole puts rear blade tip at 2.5 " with 4 -1/4 " spacers and 1- 1/16" spacer.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2018
  9. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,629

    3 acres with 21" why not? LOL
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  10. 13Razorbackfan

    13Razorbackfan LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,626

    I've mowed 1.5 acres with a push one time when the only ztr I took with me broke down. It built character as my Dad always says.
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