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How to Operate Zero-Turn Mower for Mowing

Published on April 10, 2023

This episode of Turf Talks covers how to properly operate a Bobcat® zero-turn mower for lawn care professionals and homeowners to achieve your mowing needs with precision, ease and the perfect-cut. Bobcat product experts Ron Scheffler and Daniel Stibral will take you through the process. 

Refer to Operations Manuals  

Always review the Operation and Maintenance Manual specific to your model, to become familiar and educated with the proper operation of the controls of the Bobcat zero-turn mower and safety guidelines.  To understand how to start and stop the machine, along with disengaging controls before operation of the machine or mowing.   

Before Mowing Preparation 

To protect your zero-turn mower for maximum uptime and longevity, always check the turf area you are about to mow for debris (rocks, sticks, trash, etc.) and hidden objects (irrigation heads, yard markers, metal stakes, etc.), whether it being a lawn, yard or commercial turf.  

Mowing Operation Tip  

Always keep children, bystanders and pets away when mowing your lawn or turf. Stop the mower immediately if anyone enters the area in which you are operating.   

Begin With Perimeter Mowing 

For the most effective and professional results for your lawn with your Bobcat zero-turn mower begin mowing around the perimeter of your lawn or turf.  Ron and Dan provide basic operational steps on how the zero-turn mower control levers maneuver the machine.  This helps you gain an understanding of the controls and a feel for operation before getting into tighter mowing areas.   

Mow in Straight Lines or Rows  

After learning the controls with the zero-turn mower. Dan and Ron give you tips on how to cut straight lines or rows with your zero-turn mower. Plus provide operational steps on how to execute the three-point turn method with your zero-turn mower to protect your lawn and turf from tire damage.  To ensure the picturesque professional grade cut at the end of your mow, you expect with Bobcat zero-turn mowers.   

Bobcat Mowers & Turf Talks  

Whether you’re a lawn care professional or a homeowner looking to create your own professional-grade results. Bobcat zero-turn mowers are designed to tackle your most challenging needs with precision, ease and the perfect cut. 

Always read and understand the Operation, Maintenance and Owner’s Manuals.  Contact your local Bobcat dealer for additional assistance, service support or questions.    

Learn More About Bobcat Zero-Turn Mowers 

Learn more about Bobcat Mowers features, tips, best practices and more by visiting Bobcat Turf Talks 

Video Chapters: 

00:00 – Introduction  

00:21 – Operation & Maintenance Manual   

00:26 – Basic ZT Mower Operations  

00:30 – Before Mowing Checklist  

00:40 – Start On Lawn Perimeter  

00:58 – Mow Straight Lines  

01:14 – ZT Mower: 3-Point Turn  

01:41 – Conclusion & Visit Bobcat.com 

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