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Three ZTR's; One cuts shorter in reverse; Why? Solution?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by roc, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. roc

    roc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    This is my first post, apologies if I am re-asking an answered question or if it's common knowledge. This year I began working for a small operation mowing residential yards. My boss isn't tech savvy, and I am, but I'm not mower-savvy, yet.

    The business uses three ZTR's. An older John Deere 717A 48", a brand new JD Z915B 54", and a Kubota ZG227 bagger. Both JD mowers cut evenly in forward or reverse. The Kubota cuts significantly shorter in reverse. Thank goodness it has a hydraulic deck.

    My questions are (a) why does the mower do this (b) is there any way to fix it or is that the design (c) is this common in mowers, seems odd and inefficient.

  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Front forks
  3. MrGlockJock25

    MrGlockJock25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Maybe the deck isn't level. I had to adjust decks before because of that
  4. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    Like snyder said look at the front forks you'll see the difference when backing up. They stick out a little further from the deck the angle of the forks going backwards lowers the front a little.

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