ZTR question: Steering-

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CWG, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. CWG

    CWG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Looking at various ZTR's and not being able to test drive them a question.
    The tensioning on the arms are different on a few of them.
    Some seem to return to neutral if you let them go in forward or reverse, and others seem to go nuetral from reverse but not forward-
    1) is this a cruise controlish feature so you dont have to keep such a constant pressure for hours on end?
    2) If you let go of one arm do you start going off in that direction?
    Thanks- CWG
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    its been a while since i've driven my gravely 260Z... (damn that long winter!) but i can take a hand off one and it will track straight for a moment but then it will start to slow down on the one side. my handles are spaced together so that i can grab both with one hand in the middle if i straddle it. It doesn't take a lot of strain to hold them in their position if you have the arm rests and seat position set properly.
  3. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    Its been my experience that the ones that roughly stay were you put them untill touched again are much easier on the arms. The toros, buntons, bobcats, exmarks, that I have used were like that. I had a deere and demoed a gravely and they took much more effort. Not a big deal untill the end of the day. That's when you notice it. On the other hand, it might save some time at the gym.
  4. CWG

    CWG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Save time at the gym, but not the doc (carpal) LOL
    Ok, so I wasnt nuts then. I thought it was my imagination. :dizzy:
  5. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    First time on a Exmark Z today and it was a bit troublesome at first trying to find neutral. The arms didn't seem as if they returned but then again it was my first time.

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