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Homemade Zero Turn
"Each of the two back wheels are powered by a hydraulic pump and a third pump powers the 4-ft. mower deck," reports Ernie Parker, Bloomington, Minn., who built his own "zero-turn," hydrostatic lawn mower that lets him turn on a dime just like commercial units¨for easy, close-up mowing around trees and buildings.
He equipped the mower with a 10-hp. Kohler engine and mounted it over the rear wheels for better traction. The front wheel is equipped with a small shock absorber to provide a smoother ride.
The mower's controlled by a single t-handle that controls both speed and direction. Turning one handle starts the mower blade.
Parker notes that he likes having hydraulics to power the mower since it makes it easier to hook up, eliminates the need fora clutch and requires less horsepower.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ernie Parker, 9010 Chicago Ave, Bloomington, Minn. 55420.

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #4