turf damage with zero turns

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lancestapp, Jun 8, 2003.

  1. lancestapp

    lancestapp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I bought my first zero turn mower this year (a grasshopper mid mount) and am very pleased with it. I still have trouble tearing up the turf sometimes when I make a turn. Not just 180 turns but sometimes just turns in general. It has been very wet this year in Kentucky and I am sure this is part of the problem but I would like to know how others minimize this problem. I try to mow when it is reasonably dry and make fairly gentle turns. Inexperience could be a major factor? Any ideas?
  2. wacamaster

    wacamaster LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 198

    slow down
  3. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    Keep both wheels moving while turning. Getting the hang of it takes practice. Also, you could do a 3 point turn or k turn. When the grass is wet or damp you have to be extra careful. Keep trying you'll get the hang of it.
  4. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,051

    I pretty much try everything and the thing that works best for me it's this, just before you get to the end of the line slow down, and star making a 3 point kind of turn, when your mower forms a 90ยบ angle with your last line, make a fast zero turn, (make sure both tires turn at the same time) believe me it works better for me than making a slow turn.
  5. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob3: what kind of grasshopper do you have, diesel?, and how do you like it, hows the cut? tony
  6. lancestapp

    lancestapp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks for all the info. I feel it is probably the fact that I am not keeping both wheels moving when I make turns. As far as the question about the grasshopper it is only a 20 hp kohler with 52" cut but I am well pleased with the cut and construction. I Know this most on this post lean toward Xmark but I can find no problems with the grasshopper. The oldest lawn care business in this area has used them for years with little problem so thats why I decided to buy one. I really didn't know much about Xmark at the time. I am sure if you bought a grasshopper with a diesel you would not be sorry.

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