Comfortable lawn tractor?

tombob(z6IL)February 14, 2013

I know plenty of ZT mowers have suspension and air seats, and there are aftermarket suspension seats for ZTs, forklifts, tractors etc., but I can't see how,say, a large Michigan seat would mount on a smaller lawn tractor like my 38" 14.5 hp Sabre. Believe me I have been looking. I really can't afford to spend $5300+ on a Ferris ZT with suspension, and a ZT would be a problem on the hilly sections of my property. A session on the Sabre about does my back in, even 20 minutes.

Are there ANY lawn/garden tractors set up for operator comfort? With suspension seats?

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gdj204

Try lowering the pressure in your tires a little. Also, try to fit as large of a beanbag onto the seat as you're comfortable operating the tractor with (no, I don't mean one of those big ones you find in someone's living room!) - beanbags have a lot of cushioning effect - boaters use them when operating in choppy waters. Just make sure that you can easily reach all controls while on the beanbag, and realize that your CoG will be slightly higher.

Another technique is to slow down a little. That tends to remove a lot of jerkiness of these little tractors. You could also try smoothing out your lawn, but that is much easier said than done (can't just drag a barrel full of water over it!).

Otherwise, google "lawn tractor suspension seat" and you'll find some, prolly around $500 for anything decent.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 8:32AM
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tombob(z6IL)

I have lowered the tire pressure, but it still feels as if my spine has been hammered after a session. Our yard is rough, despite regular rollings with a water-filled roller.

I have looked at countless after-market suspension seats, but they all seem too high for this small lawn tractor.

Thanks for the bean bag suggestion. I was also tempted to try a wheelchair cushion.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 1:34PM
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