Re: What's the trick to mowing grass on a steep hill with a gas pushmower

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by DerbyDad03, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. DerbyDad03

    DerbyDad03 Guest

    On Jun 11, 1:33 am, Elmo <dcdraftwo...@Use-Author-Supplied-
    Address.invalid> wrote:
    > What's the trick for mowing a half-football field sized steep slope with a
    > gas push mower?
    >
    > I need to mow the steep hill at the side of my house which is overgrown
    > with tall grasses and weeds. It looks like half a football field on its
    > side, with the shorter distance being the fall line.
    >
    > I don't know the degrees but it's hard to walk along the slope, mostly due
    > to the unconsolidated soil and the slope; but it's possible to walk it; but
    > with a mower, things get harder fast.
    >
    > When I tried to mow down the fall line, it was way too hard as I
    > accelerated down and couldn't pull the mower up (and kept falling down,
    > which doesn't seem safe).
    >
    > When I tried to mow across the fall line, I could barely hold the line to
    > cut a swath but it was always a steep diagnal. Gravity pulled the mower so
    > that it actually moved at a 45 degree angle to my sidewise motion, which
    > itself was something less than straight across the fall line due to the
    > slope.
    >
    > I thought of tying a rope to the handle and letting gravity mow straight
    > down the fall line; but it might be difficult to pull the running mower
    > back up.
    >
    > Before I try something stupid, I figured I'd ask you guys if you've solved
    > the problem of trying to mow with a gas push mower (it's all I have) on a
    > steep slope.


    There is no trick. You simply use one of these (pick the model that
    matches your requirements)

    http://www.flymo.com/node2417.aspx?nid=16702

    Just swing it back and forth as you traverse the slope.
     
    DerbyDad03, Jun 11, 2010
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    Tony Guest

    DerbyDad03 wrote:
    > On Jun 11, 1:33 am, Elmo <dcdraftwo...@Use-Author-Supplied-
    > Address.invalid> wrote:
    >> What's the trick for mowing a half-football field sized steep slope with a
    >> gas push mower?
    >>
    >> I need to mow the steep hill at the side of my house which is overgrown
    >> with tall grasses and weeds. It looks like half a football field on its
    >> side, with the shorter distance being the fall line.
    >>
    >> I don't know the degrees but it's hard to walk along the slope, mostly due
    >> to the unconsolidated soil and the slope; but it's possible to walk it; but
    >> with a mower, things get harder fast.
    >>
    >> When I tried to mow down the fall line, it was way too hard as I
    >> accelerated down and couldn't pull the mower up (and kept falling down,
    >> which doesn't seem safe).
    >>
    >> When I tried to mow across the fall line, I could barely hold the line to
    >> cut a swath but it was always a steep diagnal. Gravity pulled the mower so
    >> that it actually moved at a 45 degree angle to my sidewise motion, which
    >> itself was something less than straight across the fall line due to the
    >> slope.
    >>
    >> I thought of tying a rope to the handle and letting gravity mow straight
    >> down the fall line; but it might be difficult to pull the running mower
    >> back up.
    >>
    >> Before I try something stupid, I figured I'd ask you guys if you've solved
    >> the problem of trying to mow with a gas push mower (it's all I have) on a
    >> steep slope.

    >
    > There is no trick. You simply use one of these (pick the model that
    > matches your requirements)
    >
    > http://www.flymo.com/node2417.aspx?nid=16702
    >
    > Just swing it back and forth as you traverse the slope.
    >


    I had no idea they still made those! Or maybe started making them
    again. I see Husqvarna has the name. Do they sell them in the US?
     
    Tony, Jun 11, 2010
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  3. DerbyDad03

    DerbyDad03 Guest

    On Jun 11, 11:53 am, Elmo <dcdraftwo...@Use-Author-Supplied-
    Address.invalid> wrote:
    > On Fri, 11 Jun 2010 08:17:33 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03 wrote:
    > > There is no trick. You simply use one of these (pick the model that
    > > matches your requirements)

    >
    > Going to that page clued me in that the real solution is something calleda
    > "slope mower".
    >
    > It's out of the budget for now ... but in the future ... I think this is
    > self-leveling slope mower (up to 34°) might be just the way to go!
    >
    > The slope I have is steeper than that in this picture but it gives an idea:
    > 72LC All-Terrain Slope Mower:http://www.deweze.com/deweze/ATM/ATM.html
    >
    > This one goes to 40 and the pictures are a bit more like the slope that I
    > have, only it's much rougher and less even and there are trees all around
    > in my slope.
    >
    > SuperSlopeMaster SSM38-72Dhttp://www.kutkwick.com/superslopemaster.htm


    I live in the US but used to be part of a "global team" with members
    from Australia.

    Other than the time difference making conference calls and prompt
    responses a bit difficult, we had a great time comparing life in the
    US with life "down under".

    It was an Aussie who told me about the Fly-Mo. He said he had one and
    that they are great on slopes. He said he has one area where he
    lowered it down on 2 ropes and could swing it back and forth.
     
    DerbyDad03, Jun 11, 2010
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  4. DerbyDad03

    DerbyDad03 Guest

    On Jun 11, 1:29 pm, Elmo <dcdraftwo...@Use-Author-Supplied-
    Address.invalid> wrote:
    > On Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:06:19 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03 wrote:
    > > It was an Aussie who told me about the Fly-Mo. He said he had one and
    > > that they are great on slopes. He said he has one area where he
    > > lowered it down on 2 ropes and could swing it back and forth.

    >
    > I don't think I fully understand the "fly mo" hover mower.
    >
    > Can I just tie a rope to the handle and lower it down from the top of the
    > slope bank and walk back and forth at the top of the hill holding the flymo
    > on the grade with the rope?


    Dunno...I'm just telling you what I remember from a few years back
    when I first heard of "hovering mowers". The guy had some way of
    controlling it with a rope. Mayby he just lowered the mower striaght
    up and down.
     
    DerbyDad03, Jun 11, 2010
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  5. DerbyDad03

    Bob F Guest

    Re: What's the trick to mowing grass on a steep hill with a gas push mower

    Elmo wrote:
    > On Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:06:19 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03 wrote:
    >
    >> It was an Aussie who told me about the Fly-Mo. He said he had one and
    >> that they are great on slopes. He said he has one area where he
    >> lowered it down on 2 ropes and could swing it back and forth.

    >
    > I don't think I fully understand the "fly mo" hover mower.
    >
    > Can I just tie a rope to the handle and lower it down from the top of
    > the slope bank and walk back and forth at the top of the hill holding
    > the flymo on the grade with the rope?


    You'd probably need to attach much closer to the bottom - near the vertical
    center-of-mass ideally.
     
    Bob F, Jun 11, 2010
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  6. DerbyDad03

    Guest

    On Jun 11, 6:21�pm, "Bob F" <> wrote:
    > Elmo wrote:
    > > On Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:06:19 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03 wrote:

    >
    > >> It was an Aussie who told me about the Fly-Mo. He said he had one and
    > >> that they are great on slopes. He said he has one area where he
    > >> lowered it down on 2 ropes and could swing it back and forth.

    >
    > > I don't think I fully understand the "fly mo" hover mower.

    >
    > > Can I just tie a rope to the handle and lower it down from the top of
    > > the slope bank and walk back and forth at the top of the hill holding
    > > the flymo on the grade with the rope?

    >
    > You'd probably need to attach much closer to the bottom - near the vertical
    > center-of-mass ideally.


    think grouncover, whatever is common to your area and very hardy.

    less wqork no maintence, nice flowers of some sort.

    a real win win win
     
    , Jun 12, 2010
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  7. DerbyDad03

    mm Guest

    Re: What's the trick to mowing grass on a steep hill with a gas push mower

    On Fri, 11 Jun 2010 08:17:33 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
    <> wrote:

    >On Jun 11, 1:33 am, Elmo <dcdraftwo...@Use-Author-Supplied-
    >Address.invalid> wrote:
    >> What's the trick for mowing a half-football field sized steep slope with a
    >> gas push mower?
    >>
    >> I need to mow the steep hill at the side of my house which is overgrown
    >> with tall grasses and weeds. It looks like half a football field on its
    >> side, with the shorter distance being the fall line.
    >>
    >> I don't know the degrees but it's hard to walk along the slope, mostly due
    >> to the unconsolidated soil and the slope; but it's possible to walk it; but
    >> with a mower, things get harder fast.
    >>
    >> When I tried to mow down the fall line, it was way too hard as I
    >> accelerated down and couldn't pull the mower up (and kept falling down,
    >> which doesn't seem safe).
    >>
    >> When I tried to mow across the fall line, I could barely hold the line to
    >> cut a swath but it was always a steep diagnal. Gravity pulled the mower so
    >> that it actually moved at a 45 degree angle to my sidewise motion, which
    >> itself was something less than straight across the fall line due to the
    >> slope.
    >>
    >> I thought of tying a rope to the handle and letting gravity mow straight
    >> down the fall line; but it might be difficult to pull the running mower
    >> back up.
    >>
    >> Before I try something stupid, I figured I'd ask you guys if you've solved
    >> the problem of trying to mow with a gas push mower (it's all I have) on a
    >> steep slope.

    >
    >There is no trick. You simply use one of these (pick the model that
    >matches your requirements)
    >
    >http://www.flymo.com/node2417.aspx?nid=16702
    >
    >Just swing it back and forth as you traverse the slope.


    Why would that be less dangerous? It says nothing about hills on the
    webpage and it seems to me that if it's floating, it's even easier to
    get your foot under it.

    Not only that, if it's heavy, its tendenecy is to keep all 4 wheels on
    the ground. Since the user of the flymo will be uphill from the
    mower, won't every time he lowers his arms cause the front of the
    mower to go up and the rear to go down, making for a very uneven cut
    and a blade that can easily throw things at anyone in front of it.

    Just some thoughts. Maybe I'm wrong. But I don't see why this is
    especially suited for a slope.
     
    mm, Jun 12, 2010
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  8. DerbyDad03

    DerbyDad03 Guest

    On Jun 12, 12:40 am, mm <> wrote:
    > On Fri, 11 Jun 2010 08:17:33 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
    >
    >
    >
    > <> wrote:
    > >On Jun 11, 1:33 am, Elmo <dcdraftwo...@Use-Author-Supplied-
    > >Address.invalid> wrote:
    > >> What's the trick for mowing a half-football field sized steep slope with a
    > >> gas push mower?

    >
    > >> I need to mow the steep hill at the side of my house which is overgrown
    > >> with tall grasses and weeds. It looks like half a football field on its
    > >> side, with the shorter distance being the fall line.

    >
    > >> I don't know the degrees but it's hard to walk along the slope, mostlydue
    > >> to the unconsolidated soil and the slope; but it's possible to walk it; but
    > >> with a mower, things get harder fast.

    >
    > >> When I tried to mow down the fall line, it was way too hard as I
    > >> accelerated down and couldn't pull the mower up (and kept falling down,
    > >> which doesn't seem safe).

    >
    > >> When I tried to mow across the fall line, I could barely hold the lineto
    > >> cut a swath but it was always a steep diagnal. Gravity pulled the mower so
    > >> that it actually moved at a 45 degree angle to my sidewise motion, which
    > >> itself was something less than straight across the fall line due to the
    > >> slope.

    >
    > >> I thought of tying a rope to the handle and letting gravity mow straight
    > >> down the fall line; but it might be difficult to pull the running mower
    > >> back up.

    >
    > >> Before I try something stupid, I figured I'd ask you guys if you've solved
    > >> the problem of trying to mow with a gas push mower (it's all I have) on a
    > >> steep slope.

    >
    > >There is no trick. You simply use one of these (pick the model that
    > >matches your requirements)

    >
    > >http://www.flymo.com/node2417.aspx?nid=16702

    >
    > >Just swing it back and forth as you traverse the slope.

    >
    > Why would that be less dangerous?  It says nothing about hills on the
    > webpage and it seems to me that if it's floating, it's even easier to
    > get your foot under it.
    >
    > Not only that, if it's heavy, its tendenecy is to keep all 4 wheels on
    > the ground.  Since the user of the flymo will be uphill from the
    > mower, won't every time he lowers his arms cause the front of the
    > mower to go up and the rear to go down, making for a very uneven cut
    > and a blade that can easily throw things at anyone in front of it.
    >
    > Just some thoughts. Maybe I'm wrong.  But I don't see why this is
    > especially suited for a slope.


    Are you looking for a hover mower's web site that specifically says
    that they are good for slopes?

    Stolen without permission from:

    http://www.hovermower.com/hovermower.htm

    "For a fast professional cut on steep slopes, wet grounds, lake banks,
    sand traps, retaining walls and awkward hard to reach angles
    HoverMowerT is the answer!"
     
    DerbyDad03, Jun 12, 2010
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  9. DerbyDad03

    DerbyDad03 Guest

    On Jun 12, 1:57 am, Elmo <dcdraftwo...@Use-Author-Supplied-
    Address.invalid> wrote:
    > On Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:40:49 -0400, mm wrote:
    > > I don't see why this is especially suited for a slope.

    >
    > I looked up hover mowers (electroluc flymo, eastman industries hover mower,
    > allen, draper, etc.).
    >
    > The marketing makes it seem so simple, but there must be a good reason why
    > we're all not using a hover mower.
    >
    > One problem is that they apparently can't cut high grass; another is they
    > reputedly don't work well on uneven surfaces; yet another, I'm told, is
    > that rocky soil (which is what I have) chips the weak plastic blades; yet
    > another is that the blades are purportedly puny, about 2 inches, so hover
    > mowing a large area might not be a whole lot better than whacking with the
    > weed whacker.
    >
    > They seem to be available in 4 stroke, 2-stroke, and in 110/220 corded.
    >
    > This hover mower idea might work, especially if it can hold itself on a
    > bank being controlled by a rope ... but that remains to be seen whether it
    > can actually be remotely controlled from the top of the slope.


    re: " I looked up hover mowers"

    Where?

    re: "the weak plastic blades"

    The HoverMowerT site (aka Eastman Industries) says:

    "Stainless steel blades for long life and clean cut"

    re: "the blades are purportedly puny, about 2 inches"

    Come on...where are you getting your info?

    Once again, the HoverMowerT site (aka Eastman Industries) says:

    Cut Width: 19 inches

    re: "can't cut high grass"

    I'm not sure what your definition of "high grass" is, but the
    HoverMowerT can be set for a cut height of 4". That must mean it can
    cut grass higher than that. It doesn't say how much higher, but it's
    gotta be higher that 4" if it can cut it *down* to that height.

    As I said earlier, I'm not endorsing them, I'm just quoting from their
    website.

    "For a fast professional cut on steep slopes, wet grounds, lake banks,
    sand traps, retaining walls and awkward hard to reach angles
    HoverMowerT is the answer!"
     
    DerbyDad03, Jun 14, 2010
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