What to use on steep hills

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DaveFame, Feb 24, 2004.

  1. DaveFame

    DaveFame LawnSite Member
    from Philly
    Messages: 7

    Can someone give me some suggestions on what machines work best for cutting steep hill. As of now, at my place of work, I just use weed whackers. It takes way to long and it beats up the grass.

    Are there any mowers that are made for this?
  2. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    How big of an area? how steep?

    there are hovermowers,
    walkbehind hydro mowers,
    trimmer mowers,
    articulating mowers,
    wing ditch mowers,
    even lome low profile Ztr mowers
  3. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 427

    If the hills are real steep, I use either a string trimmer or a Lawn-Boy 21". Lawn-Boys are lightweight, which makes them easy to hold on a hill, and they're also 2 cycles, which keeps the motor well lubricated when the mower is at an extreme angle.

    Like Paul said, there are other options, but if you're not doing a lot of steep slopes, then it's hard to justify the cost for a dedicated hill machine.
  4. GCMow

    GCMow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Hustler Hydro Walkbehind /fence it in and put goats on it
  5. Four Season's

    Four Season's LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 70

    I agree with RickJones on the 21" Lawnboy. Nice and light and reasonably priced. I have one and its been a real good machine for slopes. I know many other people who have had good luck with this mower.
  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    I do exactly like Rick jones. I bought a Lawnboy to use on steep ditches only.
  7. DaveFame

    DaveFame LawnSite Member
    from Philly
    Messages: 7

    Here's an idea of how steep the hills are. There are couple acres like this.

  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Hey Glen! Glad to see you finally got online! welcome aboard bud. give me a call sometime we gotta get your Hustler over here...
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Hydro WB and careful of the direction/path you take
  10. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    I prefer belt drive for a walk behind on a steep hill, it is much lighter.

    For a couple acres of steep hill like that maybe a three wheel rider would do the trick best

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