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Z cutting technique advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Simply Green Lawn Care, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. Simply Green Lawn Care

    Simply Green Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 18

    This is my first year in the lawncare business and I would like some advice on turning techniques for my Z.

    I use a 2005 Kubota ZDPRO 28hp diesel 60". The problem I have is when I turn. I tear up the grass from time to time .

    I'm fortunate because I own about 11 acres and I can practice. The problem is when I operate on client lawns.

    What can I do to minimize/eliminate this problem?

    Suggestions please!



    "All that is complex is not useful and all that is useful is simple".
  2. drumbo

    drumbo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    I would suggest not stopping one tire. If you can work at keeping them both moving, it will avert the "ripping" on the turns.

    For example, as you slow down at the end of a run, you can:
    Come to a complete stop and then back up and rotate for your new run.
    You can slow to a crawl on one tire and turn a little faster on the outside.
    You can come to a complete stop and then move levers in opposite direction to cause a "0" turn.

    I have found that using these techniques (varies by lawn layout & grass), I have been able to steal business from competitors who leave the little circles from their ripping.
  3. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    And make use of the search feature to access the Archive for more information.
  4. OutdoorExtras

    OutdoorExtras LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    3 point turns!:) Forward with the right, back with the left and then forward with the right again. Just reverse it to turn the other direction. The key is to not "twist" one of the tires while turning.

    Another idea is swap out the back tires with a set of "Turfmates" as opposed to the heavy deep tread tires that come stock. The turfmates won't last as long (about one season), but will not tear up the lawns half as badly as those rototillers than most mowers come with.
  5. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    It this a [daddy bought] business?
    Where in Tn. are you located?
    How old are you?
    What is your motivation for entering this business?
    What did you do before deciding on this venture?
    The reason I ask, is because most people not buy the type of equipment you mention and then not have a clue on how to operate it.
  6. gslawncare

    gslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    Just tell em its part of the design

    Ha Ha
  7. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    Now, are we not lucky to have you around to protect us from intruders. How many fingers do you use when you wave to your competition when your meet them on the street?
  8. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    GEEZ...maybe the guy had some $$$ to play with, everybody not poor ya know.
  9. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    3 point turns...I rarely make a 0 point turn nowadays, rips the turf to pieces.
  10. sikagrass

    sikagrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Im new at using a Z too and hope to hear some pointers also. It sure will do some damage if done wrong. First thing I learned is slow down and think of what the tires are doing. Awesome to watch the productivity of those who have it figured out,but im sure everybody had turf booboo problems at first.Great pointers listed so far.

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