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Why no roll bar?

Posted by tombob z6IL (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 20, 13 at 15:12

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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RE: Why no roll bar?

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.


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RE: Why no roll bar?

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!


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RE: Why no roll bar?

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.


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RE: Why no roll bar?

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?


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RE: Why no roll bar?

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.


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