Zero Turn Riders
Zero-Turn Front Deck Riders are for domestic or commercial use. This type of mower is fast becoming the mower of choice for commercial contractors, schools, motor camps, parks, reserves and highway verge maintenance. They are mainly hydraulic motor driven which makes them incredibility reliable. Some have multi-belt drive mower decks. They are operated using hydraulic gate valves to steer through the rear-wheel drive system (similar to a bobcat). Their high cutting speed and up to 12 hours non-stop operation makes them perfect for serious high productive work loads. Being on average three to four times the cost of a standard Lawn Tractor has kept them mostly out of reach to the average domestic user.
STEEP AREAS Be very careful on steep areas as a zero-turn machine will naturally want to go down hill, especially for the inexperienced user. A bit of practice will help, but DONT push the safety window.
TURNING Fantastic turning capability. Great for larger areas, where there are obstacles to mow around, trees, gardens or gently rolling terrain. Very nimble to use once you are used to driving them.
What is a safe mowing angle?
For all traditional two-wheel drive Rider mowers, with a mid-mounted mowing deck the manufacturer's guidelines state a maximum safe angle of between 10 and 15 degrees. Of course, this will be dependant on various conditions – moisture levels, terrain quality and so on. Front-deck Riders and zero-turns can be treacherous, even on moderate slopes. We would suggest a maximum safe angle of 10 degrees. Please take care when choosing.
What is an adequate engine power?
That's the million dollar question, and will depend on a number of factors. Firstly, the size of the property is important and if the lawn is traditionally hard work, or thicker kikuyu style grass consider the need for extra power. Secondly, the engine size must be matched to suit the mowing deck size. There is no point having a huge mowing deck, with insufficient power to drive the blades properly.
Why do my deck belts keep breaking?
You must always remember that the drive belt is the weakest link and must be treated carefully, otherwise you may break them, burn them out or roll them over. Belts breaking can be from a number of causes, but the most common causes are: non-genuine belts fitted, mowing long grass and the belt slips and heats up, incorrect idler adjustment, hitting objects in the lawn, trying to mow on a low cut in heavy conditions, or incorrectly adjusted belt tension.
How often should I service my Rider mower?
On average, once a season for a typical lifestyle block but more frequently if you have clocked up a lot of hours. Engine oil should be changed every 25-30 hours. If you don't have an hour meter on your machine, time how long it takes to mow, then estimate how many hours per year it will be used. Hour meters can easily be installed, click here.
I have heard a lot about mulching mowers, what exactly is a mulching mower?
Mulching mowers are designed to cut and re-cut grass clippings into fine particles that are forced back into the turf, sight unseen. These reduced particles provide moisture and nutrients that help keep your lawn looking great, without creating thatch. Mulching mowers basically come in two forms: Dedicated and Convertible or Combo. Dedicated mulching mowers will only mulch, while Combo mowers allow mulching as well as conversion to standard rear-catching type mowers. Grass clippings are 85% water, and as they break down they provide valuable nutrients to the soil, contributing to a more healthier lawn. In fact, a season's worth of mulching can actually provide about 25% of your lawn's fertilizer requirements.