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Today a friend left his CC 50in. zero turn mower @ my house. Weeell, no one around so I unloaded it and tried it out. Never been on one before.
:eek: OMG , I must have looked like a out of control drunk driver for awhile!
I mowed a half acre, I got a little more steady at it. Honestly, I think I will stick to a steering wheel with a spinner, LOL Glad no one was here to see me. Does it take most everyone awhile to get used to the controls? Im not bashing the CC, I just felt like it was a lot of work to use it.
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Now just imagine if you were standing up on it for your first time on a ZTR. :eek:

Based on my relatively brief usage of my employer's Wright Stander I totally agree. Along with being a little dizzy my back and legs were killing me after only an hour on it.

I think it must be either an acquired taste or one your born with. Heck the only thing I ever road on at the Fair was bumper cars. I could not handle the other rides even as a little kid. :rolleyes:
 

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I have found that after I've been on it just a little while, my brain compensates and I don't really have to think about it. I'm not saying I don't have to PAY ATTENTION, just that I look where I want to go, and don't spend any time thinking about how I have to move the levers to get there. It really does come pretty intuitively. (at least to me.)

Maybe there was a little self concious guilt playing in the back of your mind triping you up? I bet if you ask your friend, he would be thrilled to let you play with his toy. I know I would.

As far as those "Stand up riders (?)" I have never understood the market for those. I'm sure the large walk behinds have their place in the commercial yardwork world, but if you're going to ride anyway, have a seat, man.
 

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Yardman quote: I have found that after I've been on it just a little while, my brain compensates and I don't really have to think about it.

I agree ,you are right, by the time I finished the little that I mowed,I was getting smoother at the controls.
I was always told that the zero would hurt my back, NO ,not true, not any more then my 2210 will in a ruff yard. The only back problem yesterday was because I was as stiff as a 2X4 with tension!
:D Mark , Im to old and brittle to try the stand up mowing, that would be 911 time!
I have plenty of riding mowers, however I have a small sears push mower that I use for exercise. Exercise, thats a very important thing at my age,110!, lol I mean 67
 

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Today a friend left his CC 50in. zero turn mower @ my house. Weeell, no one around so I unloaded it and tried it out. Never been on one before.
:eek: OMG , I must have looked like a out of control drunk driver for awhile!
I mowed a half acre, I got a little more steady at it. Honestly, I think I will stick to a steering wheel with a spinner, LOL Glad no one was here to see me. Does it take most everyone awhile to get used to the controls? Im not bashing the CC, I just felt like it was a lot of work to use it.
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It takes a little time to get used to them. The best advice is slow and steady. Any jerky movements with the hands is amplified. I've been using them for 5 years now so it's really second nature to me. I've gone from a Scag to a John Deere to a Snapper, and a Great Dane in one day and they're all pretty much the same. Kind of like driving different cars or trucks I guess. They all do the same thing, just feel a little bit different. I'll never go back to a rider though....too slow!
 

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Had a little thrill ride there huh Doc ? :D. I've never had the chance to try one of those either, but sure would if given the opportunity :).
 

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Had a little thrill ride there huh Doc ? :D. I've never had the chance to try one of those either, but sure would if given the opportunity :).
It was a thrill ride. I still have the mower here, storing it for a friend, I think we will try another round. It's gotta get better.:D
I agree with badbart, it is a bunch fast
 

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Out of control hit home for me. Purchased my 1st ZTR mower in June. In less than an hour after delivery I had it in the creek. No injury or damage as some small trees saved me from going all the way down a 10-12 foot slope. My life passed before me as it happen. Which happen in less time than it takes to type this. Neighbor who pulled me out just shook his head when asked him to help me. Be careful out there. The ZTR are great but there is a learning curve in learning to operate it safely. They are NOT good on any slopes, so watch yourself.

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Out of control hit home for me. Purchased my 1st ZTR mower in June. In less than an hour after delivery I had it in the creek. No injury or damage as some small trees saved me from going all the way down a 10-12 foot slope. My life passed before me as it happen. Which happen in less time than it takes to type this. Neighbor who pulled me out just shook his head when asked him to help me. Be careful out there. The ZTR are great but there is a learning curve in learning to operate it safely. They are NOT good on any slopes, so watch yourself.

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John Deere GX345
Craftsman 18in push reel mower (manual)
I hear a lot of complaints about slopes and hills, but honestly, they're not that bad. They have a tendency to slide on extreme grades, but just slow it down and be prepared to point the front DOWNHILL if it starts to slide.
 

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calvinshardy09 , Im confused, I dont understand your "toy" comment. The zero belongs to a friend , a police officer that mow's some grass for other people for extra in-come. He loves it, aint my cup of tea. I better not give it away, he packs a piece! :eek::D
 

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I hear a lot of complaints about slopes and hills, but honestly, they're not that bad. They have a tendency to slide on extreme grades, but just slow it down and be prepared to point the front DOWNHILL if it starts to slide.
I agree with Badbart. I would much rather mow my hills with my ZTR than my tractor. Granted, my hills are not too severe, but I have a couple that I do with the ZTR that I wouldn't go near with the tractor.

When I do the ditch along the front road, the ZTR does drop into a bit of an angle. But it finds it's equilibrium and I can just mow down the ditch. (Kind've sideways.) It was a little creepy the first time, but now, I just drop it in, let it settle and mow the ditch.

On the longer (higher?) steeper hills, I mow straight up and down. Plenty of torque and traction. Never gave it a second thought.
 

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Sorry, there was no one here to video me. I mowed with the CC again yesterday, mowed the ho-yard!. If someone wants to give me one , I will use it. I like my JD's and I wont get rid of them. I cant justify another mower in my stable. Bottom line, CC is ok.:D
 
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