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ZTR Turning

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bkiedro, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. bkiedro

    bkiedro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Hello there,
    I have demo'd a Woods Mowin' Machine. I really liked the mower, but it REALLY tore up my lawn when I turned. Everyone told me to slow down. That clearly was not the case. It did it when I was simply standing idle and pushed one lever forward. Does anyone else have this problem? I am looking at the Grasshopper and the JD 687. Does anyone have experience with these mowers that can tell me if I will suffer from the same effects?

    I am looking to purchase a nice front mount mower that won't rip up my lawn, but am struggling. Any advice would be appreciated!

  2. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Yeah, I have a front-mount grasshopper, and had the same problem.


    With some practice, I've been able to "master" the zero-turn without tearing turf. Basically, I come to a complete stop, then turn by pushing one lever forward, and one backward. You will run into problems when you don't keep BOTH tires turning. One forward, one backward.

    I am now a succesful zero-turner thanks to the pro's at lawnsite:D
  3. bkiedro

    bkiedro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks GreenMonster! That makes sense. I am glad that I am not the only one out there. That being said, I had heard that the Grasshopper had a new transmission that helped with that. Have you heard?

  4. Sneaky

    Sneaky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Same as any other ztr. Make a Y turn.
  5. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Mine is a 725 with the commercial G2 tranny. Not entirely sure how it differs from the 600 series, or older grasshoppers. Someone like Mowingman may be able to provide more insight.

    I found the G2 controls VERY touchy at first, but did get used to them in short time.

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