Operating a Lawn Tractor on A Slope

Man using a standing Gravely lawn tractor in yard

Operating a Lawn Tractor on A Slope

There are many great benefits that you’ll enjoy when you invest in a lawn tractor. Most importantly, this machine makes it easy for you to mow the grass. However, there’s often a learning curve involved if this is your first time using a lawn tractor, specifically when it comes to the operation of your lawn tractor on a slope. Fortunately, we’re here to help. Freestate Mower Repair has provided some useful tips to get you started.

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Before you Begin

The first thing you’ll want to do is scan the area for any potential hazards. As you might already know, a steep slope is much more dangerous than a gentle one. You should take the time to evaluate any slope before you start mowing. If you’re using a residential lawn tractor, these models usually aren’t built to mow on slopes that are steeper than 15 degrees. You can refer to your manual for the limitations of your particular model.

If you encounter a steep slope that you don’t feel comfortable with, then don’t use your lawn tractor on it. Consider turning it into a wildlife area or a landscape bed if the area is too difficult to mow and maintain. There are other hazards to watch out for as well. Remove any rocks, sticks, or other debris that could negatively affect your machine. You should also assess if the grass is wet or dry on the slope you’re about to mow. Remember that wet grass can cause the wheels on your lawn tractor to slip.

Man using lawn tractor on large patch of grass

Mowing Direction

Believe it or not, the direction in which you mow is highly important when you’re on a slope. You won’t be utilizing the same method as a push mower does. It’s not safe to mow horizontally across a slope with a lawn tractor. In fact, this greatly increases your risk of tipping over. You’ll want to avoid turning your machine or changing direction while you’re mowing on a slope. The most effective method is to drive your lawn tractor straight down the slope until you reach a flat area. Then, turn the machine around to make your next pass on the slope.

Closeup of a Gravely lawn tractor

Avoiding A Roll-Over Accident

The biggest danger of using your machine on a slope is the risk of tipping or rolling over. Fortunately, you can avoid this if you follow a few safety tips. In addition to mowing straight up and down, you also want to avoid stopping on the slope. You shouldn’t put your lawn tractor into neutral as you descend, either. The best thing you can do in this process to ensure a smooth and safe process is to go slowly. Don’t rush or operate your machine at high speeds on a slope. Keep in mind that any sudden changes in speed also increase your risk of tipping. Some models come with a roll bar and a safety belt, so be sure to utilize these.

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