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Zero turn tires tearing up grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hitsy, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. Hitsy

    Hitsy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Does anybody have any suggestion on how not to tear up grass with a zero turn? I don't go fast when I make turns, and I try to keep both tires moving nothing is working. Thanks
  2. jake65

    jake65 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    In another forum somebody mentioned they did quick small k-turns at each turn. Now, that is just what I read not what I know.

  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    There have been a noticable abundance of these threads here lately.

    You can search for them and read up. But if you are getting the same type of tearing I do... well, you won't find the an answer that works.
  4. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    lots of practice

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    run slick tires.
  6. LawnGrassHoppers

    LawnGrassHoppers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    do a 3 point turn that should work for ya and slow down !
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    In the areas where I get turf tears, I still get tears, regardless of tactics.

    Those of us who have areas and mowers prone to this, I think the only real answer is Z mower modification.
    The other option is a mower with a steering wheel.
  8. wacamaster

    wacamaster LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 198

    I run my z in some really soft thin shady areas. Areas where you have to even take account for the front tires (they will spin and tear grass also) If you can get your mower on it without sinking, you should be able to have it tear free. Just make your 3 point turn REALLY big. This way there's much less torque on grass.
  9. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    Slow down and take easy turns. No 90 degree turns from a fast speed.
  10. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    I think most of these replies only apply to lawns were the turning areas are like pool tables.

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