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sulkies and divots: tearing up my lawn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by seymour_glass, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. seymour_glass

    seymour_glass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Hey everybody.
    Ok, so i have a ferris 36" belt, my first real mower. I just got a fixed wheel sulky for it, and it's pretty awesome, because on those long stretches i can bust out at 5mph. And it's fun as hell too. But my problem is the turns: divots! As we all know, to avoid leaving divots, you can't flat out zero-turn by pivoting on one wheel, because that tears the grass up. Now everybody with a nice fancy hydro can just spin their wheels in the opposite direction to turn around, but us poor belt guys sometimes have to push and pull our mowers around a little bit. My problem is that it's kinda impossible to do that on a sulky, which is why i've not been using my new toy as much as i had hoped i would :( .
    Anyone else have this problem? I 'd like a quick fix. My idea is to maybe just put some bigger tires on. Do you think that might work? Or am i just stuck having to turn a little bit wider from now on and lose the zero turning capability?
    Thanks a bunch.
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Get a sulky thats not fixed
  3. seymour_glass

    seymour_glass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    my little 12.5hp belt drive can't handle a caster wheel sulkly, or so i hear. those are really supposed to be for hydros anyway. thanks.
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I had a 13hp Kohler 32" belt that pulled me just fine on the sulky and I weight 235. Look into sulkies produced by Velke. You will not be disappointed
  5. HacMan91

    HacMan91 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Youre going to have to make at least 2 cuts around the perimeter. Then you can make your cuts. You cant make a true zero turn with a belt drive. I had the same problem with my metro. good luck
  6. barringtonbrothers

    barringtonbrothers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    I have a single wheeled velke. We would just go around the perimiter to mow where we turned. I dont use it though as I dont care for the wheele leaving lines down the middle of each pass. Im thinking about getting a a double wheeled sulky to alleviate this problem.
  7. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,030

    If that Ferris is your first real mower, it sounds like you just might need some more practice. All I use right now is belt drive machines with fixed wheel jungle wheels. I am not having any problems. Make sure you slow down a bit going into turns. In wet conditions, at top speed, you might divot even with a Hydro.
  8. barringtonbrothers

    barringtonbrothers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    For sure.
  9. seymour_glass

    seymour_glass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    tiedeman - Is that a caster-wheeled, fixed sulky, or a single wheeled velke you have?

    Hacman - Yup, double perimiter cuts all the way! and usually without the sulky. takes a little extra time, but it looks better and saves on the trimming.

    lawndog - Oh yeah, do I need more practice! Luckily my own lawn is nice and big for that.

    thanks everybdy! i guess i'm just gonna have to do my turns a bit wider. I thought maybe bigger wheels or something might help, but i guess not.
  10. grassrootsinab

    grassrootsinab LawnSite Member
    from up here
    Messages: 215

    I have the single wheeled velke too and it pulls me just fine. Deere 38" gear drive and I'm 225#....I agree that the third tire track doesn't look as good but if the customers don't mind, it sure beats walking. I also do a 3-point turn.

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