Tips on operating a zero turn lawnmower
If you’ve ever noticed torn up patches of grass after you mow, you might be turning too sharply. Sometimes folks come to a halt when they’re about to make a sharp Zee turn. It’s important to keep driving and always make sure both drive wheels are moving during the turn. That avoids the dreaded turf tear up.
One thing you want to do at the end of your path is slow your speed down, keep all tires rotating because if you don’t, you will create a divot as you pivot around the inside tire. So what you want to do is, think of it as a three-point turn like in a vehicle. Come to the end of the path, keep your tires moving, over shoot your path slightly, back up and then continue moving forward.
An alternative is getting at the end of the path, slow your speed down, have your outside tire go forward and your inside tire going backwards. They’re creating the radius around the center of the machine and not the inside tire creating that divot.
ZRT mowers react quickly in uneven terrain that hides ruts and bumps. If you’re not careful it could lead to loss of control and cause a rollover or crash. Drive in the safety zone by steering clear of hazards and high-risk situations. Risky situations include drop-offs like retaining walls or wet areas that can cause a unit to slip into a hazard. Do not mow on steep hills greater than 15 degrees. Driving in the safety zone means steering clear of these areas.
It’s always a good idea to check the area for debris. Before leaving the operator seat always move the control levers to neutral. Set the parking brake and disengage the PTO. Remove debris such as a tree limb or rocks or other items that could damage the machine or be discharged from the cutting deck and injure someone or something.
When mowing around trees or any other obstacles always make sure to stay far enough away so that you don’t damage the cutting deck or the obstacles you’re mowing around. Keep the grass deflector in place and always have it in the down position while mowing. If you are climbing a hill and the wheels start to slip, back straight down the hill. Do not try to turn around. If you should ever have to climb a curb or any other obstruction, have the deck raised. Approach the curb slowly and at an angle.
Although the operations of the zero turn lawnmower can seem quite complex at first after a short period of time say 10 to 15 minutes of operating it, you will find that it becomes quite intuitive and you’ll be running the machine like a pro in no time.