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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2017, 10:55:45 am »
I put a Ferris in a pond one time when one of the steering sticks snapped off.
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2017, 08:03:47 pm »
My lawn is not all level and the slopes scare me.
I'll stick to my JD 728 which mows, blows snow and vacuums up clippings and leaves.
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2017, 09:41:34 pm »
I was curious about all of the talk about ZT's on slopes. Mine is wide and I sit relatively low so I couldn't see how it would be more likely to tip on a slope than a conventional riding mower. If you Google "is it safe to use a ZT on a slope", you'll find that the problem is actually the front wheels. You don't have control of them. If you aren't good at controlling the back wheels, the front can spin downhill and out of control.

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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2017, 10:59:49 pm »
They steer like a shopping cart and need to be controlled by judicious use of the sticks. They also can be rolled but it takes some effort and considerable inattention. Toro and others have models with two short sticks placed between the thighs, they are designed to be operated one handed with a twisting motion which takes getting used to. My first time on one didn't end well, it was a demo at a sales meeting held at a hotel. I ended up in the flower bed with the Christmas lights tangled in the blades. :embarassed: Hotel management either didn't notice or quietly billed our distributor but the sales rep never let me forget it.
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2017, 02:05:15 am »
Slopes on a zt can be spooky at first,  Just have to remember the downhill tire has the traction. Keep the back tire pressure equal as they drive funny if one gets low. Go slow on slopes...  less than 12 mph anyway.  Flatter ground; warp speed Mr. Sulu....

Also, one thing I've noticed...  I get less scuffing if I back up a few inches to swivel the front caster wheels the direction I want to go before I make the turn.  Overcoming the direction change can sometimes make a back tire spin and bit and then there's a bare spot.  ::)
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2017, 05:33:11 am »
I also put one over a cliff with me on it...
So right about the downhill tire has the traction.
When the upper tire looses it's traction your tractor will turn facing up hill.
If the hill is steep then both wheels will loose traction.
Then you slide backwards.
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2017, 08:12:19 am »
I'd never get caught on a hill where I could slide backwards. That's what goats were invented for.  :D

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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2017, 09:18:51 am »
My ground is pretty flat.  I do find that the ztr gets stuck a lot easyer then you would think it would.  I have one ditch by the road that one swipe of a 60 inch deck will cut and I just ride that ditch sideways balls to the wall until it gets almost vertical and I whip right and come off of it.  This lets me mow about 20/30 feet each side of my driveway so that I can see well when getting on to the main road.  I don't worry as much about flipping but have had the wheels slide down hill and then not have enough traction to back up.  Thats usually when I get the atv out and pull it out.  It is like anything, you sorta learn pretty quick how to mow your yard with out trouble.  When I first got it, I did run into things once in a while but now, I barily have to slow down to go around trees and such.  It doesn't take long and you get the hang of it.

Mine has a broken belt to the wheel motors.  You can buy quite a few box store mowers and wear them out for the price of the ztr but the ztr makes mowing a little more fun and the time savings is amazing.  If you have a two or three acre yard with lots of trees, it is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
I have used mine as a bush hog and it is lots harder on you them a tractor on rough ground but will do it.  I consider it one of the better things I have bought.
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2017, 09:43:10 am »
I had the need to move a trailer around my house and decided to use the ZT. I c-clamped my hitch to the foot board set the trailer tongue on it then was able to put it right where I wanted it. Did this with a 5x8 trailer and a 16' car trailer.

Definitely took a bit of figuring because of how the front moves on the zero. but it made moving it alot easier than man handling it.
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2017, 12:08:35 pm »
I bolted a piece of 3" aluminum angle on the back of mine with a hole to hitch to. Backing up the trailer is easier than I expected.

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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #30 on: April 12, 2017, 04:05:51 pm »
Saw a ZT push a car down Main street to a repair shop Monday.   :-\

Was picking up my tractor from the shop and the guys were having a laugh.  I laughed then groaned when I recognized the ZT driver.  He works for my uncle.     ;D
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #31 on: April 12, 2017, 06:07:46 pm »
At my age speed is not my friend.
If you have to back up sometimes on a turn so as to not scalp or spin  what is the advantage?
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2017, 07:23:41 pm »
I'm about to purchase my first, and hopefully last ZT mower. I'm looking closely at Gravely, but I have one more dealer I want to check with first. Any thoughts are most welcome.

I saw a guy flip one over backwards a couple of years ago trying to go up a slope that was obviously too steep. Nothing was hurt but his dignity.  :D

I saw another guy push a dumpster out of his way with a big Skag one time too.  :o
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2017, 08:19:49 pm »
DanG, if you want to get one that will stay with you, find a dealer for Ferris zt's. Not that common, but they are a commercial duty mower. Deck is 1/4 steel plate, welded up with re-inforcement on the corners and bottom edges. Spindles are 1 inch with double roller bearings. Drive belt is an industrial V belt 1 inch wide. There's grease zerks where ever they are needed. Independent suspension on all 4 wheels. Kawasaki power. Spin on oil filter. The only thing mine has required is a new battery after setting up all winter..
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2017, 08:46:59 pm »
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Have you rode other ztrs besides the farris?  I always wondered how much differrence the suspension made.

I think exmark sells the most.  I almost bought a scagg before I bought my everride.  I also had a farris sold out from under me after telling the gravely dealer I was coming up to get it.

Dad has the kabota and it isn't quite as jumpy as mine.  I thought one time I wanted the hustler cause they were the fastest mower around.

Knock on wood, so far, I cannot complain about the everride.  It is pretty bad to the bone and is kawasaki also.  I did always want to ride a farris though.

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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #35 on: April 12, 2017, 08:49:23 pm »
If I want to avoid a scuff, I go a little beyond the turn and do a 360. It's still faster than a conventional riding mower.

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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #36 on: April 13, 2017, 06:38:24 am »
I'm really old fashion and I still use a Dixion.

Gravely is not the tractor it use to be after Ariens bought them out.

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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #37 on: April 13, 2017, 08:34:34 am »
I've got a Ariens ZT. The gas tank and control side is poorly designed but the rest of the mower has been good. I mow my yard and the rentals.
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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #38 on: April 13, 2017, 04:28:46 pm »
I have a Toro 520xi lawn tractor, and I said when it wears out I will buy a zero turn. Dang thing just will not break.

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Re: waving from a ZT mower
« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2017, 06:43:57 pm »
When I'm in that situation, I give the object to one of my kids. Then I have to buy myself something new.   :D