There's a learning curve!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Recoveryman, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. Recoveryman

    Recoveryman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Well...I got my Scag Tiger Cat 2 home this afternoon. The dealer put it on my car trailer to get it home, a trailer with a ramp gate is the next purchase. It took me a short while to get it off without falling off the car ramps. Once on the ground it was time for the shake down ride, first time on a O turn. Man! there's a learning curve to going straight and turning when one wants at speed. My brain is delayed telling my arms what to do at the right time! I have not hit anything, I started my ride in the middle of the acer front yard. I got better after playing for a while but I would not want to race one of you guys just yet!
    Here's my mower... Front Mower.jpg
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  2. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,842

    Yes there is, but you’ll get it figured out and realize how much quicker it isn’t than a traditional mower.

    My father in law went through the same thing. He bought a little toro it home....took it for its first ride.....and almost returned the thing. He hated it that much.
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  3. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,920

    Gotta say I prefer the steering sticks and forward speed control on front mounts to the sticks on a mid mount ztr but you will get used too it.

    I didn't like the foot switch on our Exmark aerator when we first got it either but you just gotta get out there and use it, eventually the controls become instinctive.
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  4. RDALawns

    RDALawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Texas
    Messages: 1,640

    I was running skid steers and other equipment such as dozers and track hoes long before I ever set on a ztr. But you are right it is a learning curve . You will figure it out quickly.
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  5. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,842

    Too late to edit my post, but obviously I meant to say “how much faster it IS”
  6. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 4,335

    It's not that it isn't, it is that it is not :dizzy:.
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  7. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,858

    Skid steers of the H type steering worked with more “muscle” than Ztrs did at the time
    The muscle memory/reflex was different so the learning curve was still there.
    Now skid steers are mostly joystick and operating them isn’t related to ztrs any more
  8. Heart&Soul

    Heart&Soul LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Recoveryman I was in your part of the world this past weekend. We went up the gorge to Highlands and Cashiers.
  9. Recoveryman

    Recoveryman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Where is Home? If you come through again send a message! I'll buy you a beer at the Lazy Hiker brewery and show you Pickens Nose if you have time! You can stand on the rock and look down into the valley below from 4800 feet. It's awesome
  10. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 5,347

    You might consider learning to use the mower without the collection system on. The additional width and rear overhang will make it trickier. Be aware the hopper on the back "swings" out on a turn and you will catch things such as a fence. You can tear up the mower and whatever it catches. Just letting you know.

    Nice machine BTW

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