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Old 05-22-2021, 11:21 PM
kentross81 kentross81 is offline
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Default Traction: ZT1 vs ZT2?

I have a 42" ZT1 which I really like, however our 2-3 acre mowable area has a serious slope to it.

I have to be very careful not to rip up the grass when turning or stopping, and even when dry it is easy to slide (1 wheel not turning, a skid).

While mowing across the hill (recommended safest way) the back end will slip down the slope a few inches at times in a couple areas.

Obviously our lot isn't right for a ZT, a conventional tractor would be better- sorry, I am a ZT guy!

Does the ZT2 have better traction, or worse? I bought the ZT1 thru Home Depot, and have the ability to return it for full credit, to hopefully get a ZT2 from them. Just a matter of.... is it worth it.... a lot more cost.

If the traction is better, and I won't rip up my lawn as easily, I need to think about it.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-23-2021, 06:49 AM
bugeye bugeye is offline
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While I have no experience with a ZT, I do experience some traction issues with my garden tractors. I have found the tire tread will have an effect on sliding sideways when mowing across the slope. Suggest comparing tire size, tread width and tread aggressiveness. I run wheel weights for mowing and snow removal.
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Old 05-25-2021, 08:23 PM
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I doubt it would make any difference. Zero turns suck on hills.
They all do.
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Old 06-06-2021, 01:56 AM
GregBert70 GregBert70 is offline
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Default 12" tires vs. 8" tires

The 12" tires of the ZT2 would obviously be better than the 8" tires on the ZT1. This brings up a question I myself have had. I had my heart set on a ZT2-50, due mainly to the serviceable hydros...but they just cannot be found- not here in Ohio anyway. I have thought about putting the 12" tires and wheels from the ZT2 on my ZT1, but then I thought- would the increased traction from the 12" tires put more strain on the non-serviceable hydros? Or, is it simply an upgrade that would have no bearing on installing them on a ZT1. The serviceable hydros, the 12" tires, and the arm rests were why I really wanted the ZT2. I don't care much about the larger front tires, or the wider strip of steel welded to the leading edge of the deck.
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