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Who Has Mowed Steepest Hill on a Zero Turn Rider?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mhaley927, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. mhaley927

    mhaley927 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    Hey everyone, I have large, potentially very lucrative account with a huge hill, I'd call it 100 ft across at its widest, and 200ft (including 15-20ft of flat at the top and bottom) top to bottom. I'd estimate the slope to be between 35-45 degrees. 2 man crew, with plenty of other areas to mow on this lawn, so one could take his time on the hill if necesary. I have a little experiance mowiong my hill with the tiger cub, comparable in size, but only 20-30 degrees.

    Here are my options:

    19 hp Scag Tiger Cub (48" deck)
    72 inch deck Zero Turn Kubota
    20" John Deer self propelled wb
    (Or let the account go eslewhere)

    I'll try to get pics up soon, but here are my requests:

    1. By the numbers, would you even attempt it on one of the zero turn riders I have and which one?
    2. Post pictures (and any good videos if they exist) of a ZT rider mowing the steepest hills out there.

    Any pics, videos, or advice will be appreciated, but PLEASE DONT go out and video tape yourself rolling your rider down a hill that you shouldnt be. Thanks!
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    if the kubota is the older zd28 i would go that route, i loved those on hills, very stable but not i had trans issues due to mowing hills, so i guess maybe not,hmm
  3. mhaley927

    mhaley927 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    It is older, not positive which model (its not mine and its not in my garage)would you mow it straight up and down, across, or angled?
  4. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    You need a good 52in wb with sulky. No way in hell I'm taking a ztr on a 40-45 degree slope. You're asking for trouble.
  5. EvenCutLawnCare

    EvenCutLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    I mow a very steep hill, probably 30-40 degrees that is 300 foot long by about 75-100 feet up and down. I use my 60" diesel gravely to mow it. Take your time, and go up and down. Its hard on the hydro system, but I really have no other choice on a hill that size. The problem with the hill I do is that there is no landing on top, the hill ends with a chain link fence on top. I personally would still bid on the account, but take into account the extra time it will take you to mow the hill taking your time and price it accordingly.
  6. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Id walk it and like said above, bid accordingly for the extra time and more importantly, the risk...
  7. LandscapeSavannah

    LandscapeSavannah LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 112

    I will have to get a picture of this hill next week to show yall. It is probably a good 40 degree slope and 400+ feet long. The hill slopes is around 50-60 feet down to a pond. I am the only one that has been able to mow it because of the slope and it is very bumpy. It is either that one string trim the majority of it which would take the guys forever. I use a Toro 52" ZTR and go very slow on the first pass by the water and get as close as I can to cut down on string trimming and after the first three or four passes its not that bad. I go across, not up and down.
  8. BlueRidgeLawnService

    BlueRidgeLawnService LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    I mow alot of step hills I use a m60 tank it works just fine and I mow them cross ways
  9. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

    post some pics
  10. mhaley927

    mhaley927 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    Thanks guys...

    what I'm hearing is go with the bigger ztr if i do decide to ride it... Just curious on this question: has anyone ever tried mowing straight down and going up backwards (to prevent flipping over backwards on the way up)? Would that be a viable option if all else fails?

    I'd like to see some pictures of what you have rode or wouldnt ride.

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