ZTR towing capacity

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mac B., Oct 7, 2006.

  1. Mac B.

    Mac B. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    What is the best ZTR if any for pulling a trailer? Does anyone know of the tow ratings on Kubota, JD, Gravely etc.? I have a neighbor that wants to sell his JD 445 garden tractor to get a ZTR but wants to know if it will pull a trailer load of wood for the winter.

    Thanks Mac
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Most do not list tow ratings.

    I'm thinking only Dixie Chopper does.
    A lot of guys tow with ZTR's, but I never have.
    To me, I just don't see them as "built for it" if you know what I mean.
  3. Mac B.

    Mac B. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Thanks for the reply. I kind of thought the same thing but told my neighbor that I would ask anyway.

    Thanks Mac
  4. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    maybe something small like a little dump cart. i think if a standard rider can pull one then a ztr should be able too.
  5. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,282

    AN aerator will be fine, dump cart whatever. I mean what are you trying to tow? I wouldn't use it to make a boat around the yard or anything simialr in wieght. But a dethatcher, Aerator, roller etc... thats fine. Esp. for the ones with coolers for the hyd. pumps.
  6. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    All these Hyd. motor driven mowers are capable of WAY more than we use them for... It's not like it's a car transmission where you might burn out the clutch pack. If you don't slam it in "fast forward" I suppose you could TOW (keyword:TOW) about 1 TON, as long as it were free-wheeling and not dragging (sled style)
    Gratned they SO bogg down when you hit THICK grass.. but you have to remember... the belt drive ratio's make an engine that seems like it should not be "bogg-able" bogg... will not apply to the "DRIVE" system. You will have to go easy on your drive system, but it's capable of WAY, WAY more than just mowing.
  7. Grass Man

    Grass Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    .... I bag to differ with you. Especially, with KUBOTA'S ZD28's and all the problems they have had with their (hydrostats) transmissions :(.


  8. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    Ah,hem..... let me continue...

    Hydraulic pumps, and Hyd. motors. usually top out at about 3600-4800 lbs. and that usually due to limitations caused bt the "weakest link, which is usually a Hyd. hose. (or even the cast hyd pump its self.

    I have on occasion seen a hyd. pump that blew up or stripped a shaft due to overworking it... usually they have a bypass that opens if the pressure gets too high.

    am I getting to technical?
  9. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,045

    No, you're not too technical for us.

    When it gets too technical, we ask for mowtech to chime in.
  10. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 739

    I weigh 250lbs and I pull small trees out with a home depot cub cadet 22hp kawi.

    It does a great job and saves a bunch of time. In fact, I have had my partner stand on the back of the mower whilst pulling the trees out to add more weight. I wouldn't do it daily or attempt large trees but it sure as hell does the job.

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