I believe he was talking about the drive wheels tearing up the turf. While I do not have an answer directly, possibly try turning in the opposite direction. ie: instead of turning right, turn left and swoop around instead of trying to pivot to what you already cut. This is harder to try and word out.specialtylc said:Kubota and Ferris both use pivoting anti scalp wheels on their decks. I have a Kubota and it doesnt tear up the turf like all the other mowers I have had. If you are handy with a welder and can do some fabricating, you could put some on your machine. Go look at a Ferris or Kubota to copy.
Jason Rose said:New tires on a new Z are harder on turf. Also the WEIGHT of the Z you are running... I demoed a 54" JD Quicktrack the other day and there was NO WAY to keep it from making a diviot at every turn. Most say to "not ever let your wheel stop turning" well that's sound advice, meaning don't piviot around on one stationary wheel. But.. any time doing a "zero degree turn" your inside wheel has to shift from going forward to reverse, and in that split second that it is, it's going to be not turning. The faster you are traveling and turning at the time dictates just how many degrees you rotate when it's stopped between rotating forward to reverse. Obviously faster= more and slower=less.
Some machines, ie. most commercial mowers, weigh in at over 1,000 pounds, and that's starting at a 48" cut. I have tried about 5 different brands and none will do a true zero degree turn without tearing sensitive turf. the only way around it is to do a 3 point turn or any tactic you see possible to avoid the turf damage.
I run Dixon mowers. 50" cut and they weigh in at around 700 lbs even with the catcher system. Most say they are crap and not "built heavy enough" but I can mow nearly any lawn and NOT tear the turf even in shaded areas and wet ground IF I'm paying close attention.
Hop off the mower and see how bad the turf really is. I have honestly seen grass that can be torn up by twisting your foot. Sometimes it's not your fault....
That being said