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    Ride on lawnmowers

    I've come to the realisation that I'm probably going to need to buy a ride on n mower in the near future and I was after some pointers.

    My section has some moderately steep parts so will need something with a bit of grip, do the chunky tires make much difference over the turf ones? And something stable, are the zero turn ones better on hills?

    Also will get used on small horse as it comes up. I used a J Deere one and it was hopeless on the hills.

    I've currently got a self drive Honda push mower but it can't handle the thick stuff and will take too long once I clear the gorse covered areas.

    Recommendations? I'd love a john Deere 6920 but the budget won't stretch that far. Anyone had any experience with the quad trailed mowers?

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    We recently got this JD Z925A to do the road verges around the farm and staff houses etc, handles steep stuff pretty good and makes light work of heavy grass. What sort of money are you looking at spending? There's a few of these around for about the 8k mark used.
    A JD 6920 is a full size tractor.... Probably a bit overkill!


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    Yeah that's a bit of an overkill, not wanting to spend too much, was thinking around 2k but I'm probably dreaming.

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    I have a mtd and its good. I've found it pretty useless in the long stuff as the belts slip but once you get the grass down keep it that way and it'll be fine.
    The tractor style tyres do make a difference, I don't have them but my grand dad does on his and he has some semi steep stuff in his orchard that he couldn't do without them

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    Tractor style over zero turn for the hills.
    Iv got a Victor it's been fine.

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    Replace the turf tyres with a tractor tyre pattern. Heaps safer on the slopes and wet grass. Have fitted them to mine. Make sure the drive system has 'engine breaking', such as the hydro systems. Best to stay away from the clutch and gearbox or friction cone drives.

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    13hp husquvana hydro drive does well on the lawn and when I'm lazy tops the house paddock. Turf tyres are ok, goes up and down a 15 degree slope if its dry. I have a tow and mow for quick paddock topping behind the quad, wouldnt recommend one for the lawn, dont cut low enough.

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    Awesome cheers for the info guys, guess I'm looking for a standard type with tractor tyres, I'd love a 4WD one but they're mega bucks.

    What brands and HP should I be looking at?

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    minimum 16hp and 42" cut. i like my MTD yardman but i'd look round the shops to see what is available and make my choice based on what i see
    If i could have a full time job shooting pests i'm up for over time.

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    Zero turn on steep stuff is fine. They usually have a much lower centre of gravity and a wider track

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    and for $2k trademe is your friend, cheap new ones are around $3500 i think. if there are new ones less than $3k they're probably junk
    If i could have a full time job shooting pests i'm up for over time.

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    Also half fill the rear tractor tyres with water, makes an unbelievable difference, especially when turning on the slopes, you don't get the inside wheel just spinning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSL View Post
    Zero turn on steep stuff is fine. They usually have a much lower centre of gravity and a wider track
    Problem is tho is as soon as a wheel looses traction it points downhill with no control. Not cool if it gets steeper!

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    What's making it just point down hill? I

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSL View Post
    What's making it just point down hill? I
    All the weight at the front. Zero turn usually steer by driving the rears at diferent speeds at the front are just castors so any loss of traction makes them point down hill like a shopping trolly with a drunk in it.

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