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Gang -

I've got a couple of basic questions on ZTR mowers.

Are they all what I would call hydraulic in that the wheels are driven by a hydraulic motor?

When trying to turn as tightly as possible does the 'inside' wheel stay stationary or does it actually run in reverse. Were it to not rotate I'd think it might tear the grass while turning in place.

Thanks in advance for the education!

Bob
 

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The simple answer is YES. In the tightest turning situation, one wheel would turn forward and one would turn in reverse. But that would be unusual. I can say, after about 5 minutes of driving one, you don't really pay much attention to which way either wheel is turning. It's really kind've intuitional. You look and think where you want to go and it just kind've goes there. I'm not suggesting that you don't need to pay attention, but what might seem a little awkward at first really becomes second nature pretty quickly.
 

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Opps. I missed your first question. YES again. On a hydro tractor, there is one hydro driving both wheels. On a ZTR there is a seperate hydro driving each wheel independently.
 

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"When trying to turn as tightly as possible does the 'inside' wheel stay stationary or does it actually run in reverse. Were it to not rotate I'd think it might tear the grass while turning in place."

Yes, the inside wheel "can" tear the grass IF you leave it stationary. BUT if you pull back on the steering bar (assuming two handle steering), you can turn in a circle with both wheels turning in opposite directions. In essence just going around in a circle (no tearing grass). And, that would be the tightest turn you can make!
 
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