Working on Hills and Slopes

Buying Tips Hills and Slopes Hero

Walker mowers offer superior traction and handling on slopes and hills, due to their low centre of gravity (the operator sits generally 20-30cm lower on a Walker than on a typical mid-mount lawn tractor), and positioning of their weight centrally over the drive wheels, offering peak traction at all times. In comparison, most mid-mount mowers and garden tractors position the weight of their engine forward of the rear driving wheels to avoid flipping backwards on hills, resulting in reduced traction, loss of braking, and unsafe loss of steering when going downhill forwards on anything more than mild slopes.

A Walker also outperforms mid-mounts when mowing across slopes, offering excellent stability, traction and handling. In contrast the mid-mount, with its weight higher up and forward of the drive wheels, will tend to nose-dive on slopes, and be more likely to tip over sideways.

A further point to consider: the front-mounted Walker mowing deck moves independently of the tractor unit, for superior contour following. A mid-mount mower deck is more rigidly suspended, with a greater tendency to scalp or lift on rolling terrain.

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