tips on zero turn


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this is my first year with a zero turn mower toro z master 62". i am having trouble in tight areas with the rear tires tearing up the lawn. is this possibly a air pressure problem any help would be greatly appreciated :help: :help: :help:


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I'll try to explain.This is the easiest method I've come up with as far as explaining.
Slow down to a crawl near the end of your run.
If you want to turn around to your left,let go of your right stick and slowly pull back on your left stick.Enough so that your left tire starts rolling in reverse.Never stop the tire from moving.
Once you get turned around,push your left stick forward,as well as your right stick.
You need to leave one side(the opposing side to the direction you're turning) going straight while your reversing the other side(the side your turning into).


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the hydro system isn't very forgiving on the toro, you have to be ultra gentle with the levers. also, the stock tyres, they don't grip well so the machine tends to lose traction and scuff very easy. tyres with more grip actually scuff less, hard to believe yes, but dunno why they use that particular carsyle tyre model, it sucks.

and as said, don't zero turn, but more a 'Y' turn. they really should be called YTR's, not ZTR's , lol.


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if ya use that groovy little search feature, you'll likely find hundreds of hits on that subject. :p

Envy Lawn Service

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North Carolina
Sometimes, the Y-turn, K-turn, don't lock the inside tire, ect...
Well it just don't always help and work.
Depends more on the terrain and soil condition.

Heavily shaded lawns are a nightmare because they are so tender.
I believe it is caused by a lack of traction and simple physics.


LawnSite Senior Member
Trenton ,Ohio
I'm having this same problem so when I read this I took the thoughts given and tried them. No matter how slow or k-turn, y-turn I still tear the turf. So much so I wish I had never bought a Z and stuck with the w/b instead. I love the speed and comfort of a z but this is driving me crazy. Do the tires tear less after some wear or not? Seems to me for flat lawns a slick tire would not tear as much but then any hill you'd be screwed. I have a Ferris 1500 btw.