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Tired of pulling a trailmower - Need advice

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by fastweig, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,382

    PS. I think another relevant point would be the fact that all of the ZTR's that I'm aware of sell trailer hitches for their mowers. I wouldn't think they'd offer to sell you a hitch if they thought it would affect the mower by pulling something (within reason of course)..... especially throughout the warranty period.
  2. shooterm

    shooterm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 463

    I wish I had video of it but last year I hit round bale turning the rakes at a headrow going about 10mph. I turned around to look as it hit. The rake launched about 10 feet in the air and went over the round bale. I stopped the tractor and looked at everything not one broken or bent piece on the rake. I have no clue how nothing broke but something to be said about solid constructed equipment :).
  3. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,382

    I'm like you, I used a 154 Cub Loboy tractor with a 60" deck along with a 60" Swisher just like yours. I bought the Loboy in 1980 and used it alone until 2004...then I added the Swisher in 2004. I used that setup for 6 years. Then in 2009 I sold my tractor and replaced it with a Bad Boy Lightning with a 60" deck (26hp LC Kawi ).

    I now pull the Swisher with the BB and it's a great set-up! (BB makes a very HD receiver hitch for the Lightning...it's just like the ones you see on trucks).

    Mowing around the 200 trees in my yard is now just a "flick of the wrist" instead of cranking a steering wheel (without PS).

    You can pull the Swisher if you get one of the heavier zero turns (w/heavier drive pumps/wheel motors) and then when you wear the Swisher out you have the option of buying another trail mower or just using the ZTR by itself. I'm pretty sure that after using the ZTR / Swisher combo you won't want to go back to cutting just 60".....120" is habit forming!

    Oh yeah, I lowered the tire pressure down to about 4 lbs on the Swisher so I could mow faster without shaking it to pieces. Even tho , as you know, the sticker on the Swisher says not to pull it over 5 mph, most of my mowing is between 6-10 mph with no problem at all. Good luck! Stan
  4. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,382

    OH MAN.....I'm gettin' OLD!!!! I'd forgotten about replying to this post a lot earlier! Oh well.......:hammerhead:

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