/ Just got my first tractor. Tips for mowing steep slopes? #11
- Apr 6, 2000
- Kubota L4060 Cab, ZD1211, ZD326
Tallguy, are you sure the manual says to back up the hill and drive down? That is exactly opposite of what I would do. I try to keep the weight on my back wheels as much as possible.
I would drive up the hill and back down the hill always in 4WD and slow.
All of my Kubota manuals recommend backing up the slope and driving down. I'm not sure what their reasoning is in this, as I think an accident is more likely to occur by sliding down the slope going forward.
I have taken the ride forward down a slope, and it's an eye opener. I have never had the front end off the ground going up a slope forward.
As far as the op's question about a 3 point implement preventing a roll over, the 3 point is free to float up so I wouldn't count on it stopping a roll over. Granted it will take some force to raise, and may bind up and save the day.
Not addressing anyone in particular, but the 2 things that will get one killed on a tractor are inexperience and complacency. For my 25-28 degree 1/4 acre bank I use a walk behind mower... And I have rolled it on the bank once.