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Foot Steering Added To Zero Turn Mowers
“I have 4 1/2 acres of lawn that’s real hilly, which sometimes made it hard to control my Country Clipper 52-in. zero turn mower. To solve the problem, I mounted foot controls on front of the mower. They let me keep the front caster wheels from turning and drifting downhill. I also replaced the rear wheels with ATV tires, which provide much better traction,” says Gary Schultz, Janesville, Wis.
  The foot pedals consist of 5-in. wide rubber pads off an old motorcycle that are bolted to metal brackets at each end of a 1 1/2-ft. long metal bar. The center of the bar pivots on a vertical rod that rides on a bearing inside a metal bracket. The bracket is attached to a tie rod that connects the machine’s front wheels.
  “It really works good. Some of the hills I mow are so steep that I can hardly stand on them, yet I no longer have any trouble mowing them,” says Schultz. “The foot-operated controls keep the front end of the mower from drifting downhill. I still use the machine’s original hand-operated levers to steer the rear wheels.”
  He keeps the ATV tires filled with about 10 lbs. of air. “The ATV tires are much softer than regular turf tires and far less likely to spin on hillsides. They’re the same size as the original turf tires and have the same bolt pattern.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gary A. Schultz, 2436 Belmont Ct., Janesville, Wis. 53548 (ph 608 752-7318).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #3