steep hill and riding mowers

tommy2315March 21, 2007

I am trying to figure out what to buy. I have about 2/3 of an acres to mow but I have a sloped hill in the back at about 15-20%. I measured this by using a level and found it to measure 15-17 inches over 4 feet. Is this too steep to use a rinding or ztr mower if I only go up and down the hill instead of across. Would i be better off with a walk behind?

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You will find manufactures don't suggest ride on equipment for grades that are anything but mild. I'm sure many have used riders on such a slope, but is it safe for you? Feedback that I've had on ZTRs is that they are very poor in such conditions.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2007 at 1:14AM
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I have slopes like that and I've been mowing up and down over them for 30 years with a riding mower, but never a ztr. It puts a strain on the engine and trans, but I've never felt unsafe.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2007 at 11:23AM
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Thanks for the reply wht is the model you are using for the hills.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 6:49AM
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If you have a steep grade to mow one should check into the Gizmow it is designed and engineered to mow hillsides and ditches. It does this by controlling the front caster wheels like a car and then linking them to the rear hydros. In return you get four wheel steering and more control on steep grades. It is the only zero turn mower with a steering wheel. You can find further information at or

Eric Benning

Here is a link that might be useful: D&E Distibuting

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 7:09PM
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Regular ZTRs are unsafe on steep slopes. Gizmow is a good choice because of it's steerable front wheels. See the company home page link for Gizmow below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gizmow

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 7:58PM
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