Why no roll bar?

tombob(z6IL)March 20, 2013

I just bought a Ferris zero turn, a fine machine. It comes equipped with a heavy roll bar which looks like will get hung on all the low-hanging branches I have in the yard. I guess more trimming is in my future. And don't fire up a lecture; I don't plan on removing it.

What is odd is that most of the homeowner-grade ZTs I see for sale do not have any roll bars.

Anyone know the reason?

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tom_nwnj(z6 NJ)

I also have a large ZTR, has a roll bar. I suspect that on large ZTRs roll bars they are for looks, or for lawyers. The decks on these mowers are very heavy, near impossible to roll the machine.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 8:44PM
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tombob(z6IL)

The Ferris is about the same size as some of the homeowner grade ZTs. Mine has but a 44" deck.

The whole machine has a much heavier build than the homeowner grade. It weighs 975 pounds!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 9:18PM
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tom_nwnj(z6 NJ)

I kind of know for a fact that my ZTR does not want to roll. Confession: It slid down an embankment (with me on it) last season. Probably a 20 degree slide. The grass was very wet. Just went too fast around the corner. Only damage was the blades hit some rocks.

Small ZTRs might roll, but I don't think that mine would.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 4:28AM
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tombob(z6IL)

tom_nwnj,

Were you heading directly down the hill or sideways?

Not having had a ZT before, I am not sure of its capabilities on hills. Do I go up and down or sideways?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 11:42AM
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tom_nwnj(z6 NJ)

tombob, slide was sideways.

Probably safest way to mow a hill (if you have to) is going directly up it. Going down is OK too, as long as you can stop.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 8:51PM
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