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    Question Steep hills

    Our newly acquired property has steep hills, 2 1/2 acres of cutting area. Since I rolled my little OLD Murray riding mower trying to cut it, I am in need of a mower that will do steep hills. Any advice as to type & manufacturer would be appreciated.

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    Re: Steep hills

    I moved your thread to the Mower Buying & Pricing Forum.
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    Re: Steep hills

    Quote Originally Posted by dananfitz View Post
    Our newly acquired property has steep hills, 2 1/2 acres of cutting area. Since I rolled my little OLD Murray riding mower trying to cut it, I am in need of a mower that will do steep hills. Any advice as to type & manufacturer would be appreciated.
    You have a couple options. Most riding mowers are not meant to be operated on a slope greater than 15 degrees for your safety and for the mower to work properly. One of your options is to get a self-propelled mower. This might be the safer option. If only part of your yard is steep slopes you could get a rider for the rest and then get the Husqvarna AWD mower for the slopes. Another thing you could do is buy a small Ventrac, maybe a used one, but they are not cheap! They can operate on up to a 25 degree slope!
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    Re: Steep hills

    Thanks for your reply. Our hill seems to be at least 25 degrees, I will take a gauge reading tomorrow.

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    Re: Steep hills

    Quote Originally Posted by dananfitz View Post
    Our newly acquired property has steep hills, 2 1/2 acres of cutting area. Since I rolled my little OLD Murray riding mower trying to cut it, I am in need of a mower that will do steep hills. Any advice as to type & manufacturer would be appreciated.
    Don't know how much money you want to spend but if I had 2 1/2 acres of cutting with 25 degree slopes I'd go with a Hustler ATZ (“All Terrain Z”) it's a ZTR mower rated to mow 25 degree slopes or hills. It has an extended frame, special 24 bar-tread tires, and a combination of wheel weights and added frame weights.


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    Re: Steep hills

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric View Post
    Don't know how much money you want to spend but if I had 2 1/2 acres of cutting with 25 degree slopes I'd go with a Hustler ATZ (*ll Terrain Z? it's a ZTR mower rated to mow 25 degree slopes or hills. It has an extended frame, special 24 bar-tread tires, and a combination of wheel weights and added frame weights.


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    Do you have any idea what that 60" ZTR costs???? I can't seem to find anything on the web where they actually give pricing for Hustlers:0(

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    Re: Steep hills

    Quote Originally Posted by djdicetn View Post
    Do you have any idea what that 60" ZTR costs???? I can't seem to find anything on the web where they actually give pricing for Hustlers:0(

    The ATZ, with the 27HP Kohler / 60", suspension seat is running $11,295 I'm guessing the with 35hp Kawasaki FX1000 probably between 12 and 13K

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    Re: Steep hills

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric View Post
    The ATZ, with the 27HP Kohler / 60", suspension seat is running $11,295 I'm guessing the with 35hp Kawasaki probably 12K
    Ouch....I don't know about user dananfitz, but that would be a little steep of an expenditure for mowing my 2.5 acres:0)

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    Re: Steep hills

    Quote Originally Posted by djdicetn View Post
    Ouch....I don't know about user dananfitz, but that would be a little steep of an expenditure for mowing my 2.5 acres:0)

    I would guess you can buy them a little cheaper depend on the size of the motor, I think it comes in the 24 hp also or at least it did. It's a heavy weight Industrial mower. The price isn't really that steep if you consider that some of the nice commercial rigs cost that much. Anyone who buys that ATZ is buying a whale for a mower, that dang thing weighs nearly 1800lbs.


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    Re: Steep hills

    I think before I would spend 12 grand on a mower I would check into 1. Hiring it mowed. 2. Growth regulators 3. Moving

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