ztr tire spinning issue on a sloped account

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by zackvbra, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,647

    Beter use a walk behind, ztrs dont float.
  2. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    umm not sure at the moment. the tires are whatever comes stock with a gravely zt hd 52" w/ 24hp kawasaki. think they are turfmaster?
  3. cdjones

    cdjones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    We have two of these mowers (52hd)...decent mowers for the money for sure....Tires arent very wide and mowers while good in size and stance are considerably lighter than say your average commercial machine. The tires are 20x10 i believe but dont hold me to that...not great machines for hills at all...we use them on hills at times but we slow way down and go up then back down kind of thing. A walk behind is our friend for the real steep stuff. we have a full size gravely that holds hills a little better going across but still not all that stable...id look at a walk behind.
  4. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    Hmmmm, What if the slope is too steep for a Z? It doesn't matter what brand of Z you have or what size tire is on it. If it is too steep for the mower there isn't much you can do.
  5. Isenberg Lawn Care

    Isenberg Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Could always try out a good set of ag tires
  6. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    I would try to cut rear tire pressure in half for that hill. May be a pain re-inflating after that stop, but a bigger and softer contact patch may do the trick.
  7. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Get some goats, or a 4wd mower or add front brakes from tedbrakes.com
  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Are Tedbrakes commercially available now? The last I knew they were still trying get some sort of deal going with one or more mower manufacturers to be able to get the cost down because it was cost prohibitive to retrofit an existing mower with them. I think it would be great if they were offered as a factory option and that sales would be brisk.
  9. RHill

    RHill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    I have a Dixon Mower and have had some of the same issues. The higher tire is always the one that starts to spin. I think all ZTRs will do that to a certain extentnif you are on a slope.
  10. David C.

    David C. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    I have a lot of residentials who have slopes ------ in the Logan Martin Lake area of St. Clair/Talladega counties of AL

    On new accounts with slopes---it takes me a while to "get the hang of it" constantly trying to figure out which angle is best

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