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Turning Around With Walkbehind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ScagBoy09, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. ScagBoy09

    ScagBoy09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I have a Scag Hydro Walkbehind that I recently went from Ohio to Wisconsin to get. I mowed with it a few times back in the fall but I have had some difficulty turning around and continuing the stripe w/o tearing up the yard. I try my best to keep the inside tire to continue to rotate while turning but it sometimes doesnt work and leaves a "twist" mark if you will. Can someone tell me how you can turn around w/o tearing the grass up, excluding turning around on cement sidewalks or driveways. Thanks Brennan.
  2. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    Practice...you just have to mow enough to where you figure things out and what works on one yard compared to another yard. At least thats how I figured it out.
  3. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Find a vacant lot or a open field and practice, practice and practice some more. :usflag:
  4. Snyderserv5060

    Snyderserv5060 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    agreed, practice is key... I have people that work for me practice in my own yard (off on the rear when it cant be seen) and on my large field type jobs so they can get comfortable with hydro walkers.
  5. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    When you are going to turn, do an L and then bring the inside tire backwards and keep the outside tire going forward.

    So when you take your left to turn, at the end off the turn make the inside tire go in reverse.

    Did you understand this??
  6. TGM

    TGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    mine's basically like johns, i keep the outside tire moving and the inside tire makes a 3 point turn. this works really well on any ztr and in my experience hydro dane (though i don't know about a pistol grip. my t bar walk behind isn't so easy since i have to manually pull back on it - walker is my next mower). i drew a quick picture for you to understand.

    mower turning.JPG
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Thank you. well done:waving:
  8. surgeon83

    surgeon83 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    This is the method my employees and I used. Get a bullrider or some other type of non-pivoting sulky, and you can do that turn while riding! You can turn even in wet areas without divoting.
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,289

    You could use the racetrack method of going around CW working from the outside to the center, until you learn the machine. Forget the stripping for now.
  10. TGM

    TGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    uh, does scagboy work at a club?:hammerhead:

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