STEEP HILL - Recommenation for self-propelled mower

Old 02-17-12, 09:03 PM
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STEEP HILL - Recommenation for self-propelled mower

We purchased a home last fall (after mowing season). The lot is 1/2 acre, the majority of it being....a hill.

The photo does not give a lot of depth being winter, but gives you an idea.

Both neighbors have 1acre + lots and have large 4WD tractors after taking back their 2WD after learning the hard way. We are not ready to drop 3-4K on a lawn tractor so for the first couple of years we are going to push it.

From what I read we should be looking at a RWD. Does anyone have experience of what (or what not) to buy to mow steep inclines.

We are in eastern Iowa so the grass is Kentucky Blue.
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Yes you need rear wheel drive, you also need a pressurized lube system or a 2-cycle, most all small lawn mowers have a splash system for lubrication, meaning as the crankshaft turns it splashes the oil in the sump and things get lubed, however on steep inclines the oil is not where it needs to as the crank turns and the engine gets destroyed. With a 2-cycle the lube is in the fuel mix. Have a good one. Geo

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