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Too TruTrak on hills. Opinions please.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FastMan, May 12, 2010.

  1. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 846

    I'm purchasing a Toro 40" hydro walk behind. It's going to get a lot of work on hills, a couple of them serious steep. My gut feeling, without having tried a Trutrak, or any velke/sulky, is that I won't be able to mow the steepness of hills with it that I could walking. Am I wrong?
  2. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 846

    Would a moderator please change the first word in the title of this thread to TORO? Thank you. (dang typos)
  3. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    Steep hills are always easier with a walk behind.....without the sulky. Try it with the sulky and if it doesnt work, walk it. You have less ability to muscle the machine around when your on a sulky. I have a toro 32" with sulky.
  4. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    It's hard to say. I've never had problems with mine around the hills here, but I see you're from CO so I'm sure your hills are much steeper then the ones here. On another note, you might look into weights to mount on the front of the machine. It comes with 1 and can hold up to 4. You'll prob need at least 2more for the hills you'll be facing. Otherwise, the front end will pop up because of lack of weight balance.
  5. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 846

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. Here's another question. Will a mower with a TruTrak in the upright position perform as well in walk behind mode as a mower without a TruTrak? If not, what are the compromises?
  6. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 846

    Bumping this question. Especially interested in respect to performance on hills
  7. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    We have a modified toro tru trak sulky on our exmark 60" turf tracer. It is the best sulky on the market hands down. Can you mow steep hills, yes but not as easy as just walking behind. Going across a hill the sulky will want to pull the mower down.
  8. Frue

    Frue LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,472

    the tru trac in the up position will cause the front of the deck to raise up a bit.
  9. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    If you put the trutrak in the upright position, you'll need to counter the weight as well. It'll take some getting use to if you decide to use it in upright position because your knees or shins will periodically come in contact with the trutrak while you're walking. If you're going to use it on hills and choose to walk, it'd be better to just pull the pins and free the trutrak from the unit.

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