Zero Turn Mower - Front Disc Brakes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ted corriher, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Where the heck are you mowing? Brakes work fine on my 4 wheeler in the mud in the creek and in tall grass. 25 years ago we did not have seat belts in cars. Pleople used to say just drive careful. To the person that wants brakes on back of mower there is no need for that. Just put them on the front and it will stop just fine.
  2. ted corriher

    ted corriher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    I purchased all of these parts after market including a hand grip master cylinder for a four wheeler for less than 200.00 dollars plus some machine work. when a manufacturer installs TEDBRAKES on a unit I would think their cost would be a lot less when done in production, TED new spindles are not required their is only a .075" hole in the center of the spindle
  3. ALC-GregH

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

    when will we see the "new" video of the updated system?

    If I had the use of a machine shop, I'd make a set myself. Will you be selling them in kit form for specific mowers? I don't care WHAT others say, I want a kit for my Scag. How soon will this happen Ted? Is this your intent or do you plan on selling the patent for the system? If you sell out to the manufacturers, you'll be dissing everyone on here that supposes your effort. I hope you don't plan it that way, I really truly want to see this happen. If you sell out, we would ALL have to buy a new mower just to get them. Please don't let this happen.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2009
  4. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    There is a big difference in driving thru tall grass and driving thru cut grass. Tall grass doesn't get flung everywhere.. Wet cut grass sticks to the wheels. Happens all the time in the south where a dry day is one where the humidity isn't 100%.
  5. Mimowerman

    Mimowerman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    the idea is noble.... however wet grass , or even on regular grass plus any tipe of hill, the tires will still slip no matter if there is a braking system or not.... especially on a smooth front tires, there will be no friction= no stopping .
  6. marcuslawnguy

    marcuslawnguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    the brakes with some type of tread for the front would be ideal to slap on for hills. but would tear up reg flat yards with turning. maybe a wheel and brake combo could be a accessory to keep in the trailer for hilly stuff.
  7. milo

    milo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    hi ted, ok less than 200 in parts. so say 180.00 you spent in parts, now how much do you think it costs to make a striping kit?? maybe 50.00 or 60.00 in parts total and they sell for 300 to 400. really unless your making them and not going to make one penny on them you can sell for 200.00 but you seem to be working on this stuff for a longgg time not to make money off if it would not be a good idea. so in reality what ted brakes gonna cost??
  8. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
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  9. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,599

    I have to agree with the previous posts, that the brakes are probably gonna add about 6-800 to the price tag of z's. I could be wrong, I hope that I am!
  10. ALC-GregH

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

    If it saves a persons life, what does the price have to do with it?

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