In a word, wow. Our road shoulders get mowed once a year by the county (whether it needs it or not ) but thanks to some good rain over the last several months the grass and weeds are really high and a magnet for people to throw trash in. Our road is a dead end to maybe four or five ranches and I hope the beer cans aren't from one of my neighbor's kids.
So I couldn't stand it any longer and mowed both sides of our small one lane road in front of my property and a little past, only took about two hours to mow maybe the mile or so of total frontage (we have about 1/2 mile frontage on the road.)
The picture was taken with me in the seat of the Z - the grass (Johnson Grass maybe?) was about as tall as my head while seated. I went fairly slowly in the really tall grass and the cut quality was quite amazing, there were very few stems left that needed a second mowing.
The road shoulder has some off camber and ditches in spots and I think a standard pneumatic tire instead of my Tweels would have worked better when I was straddling a narrow ditch - I think I was on the edge of the Tweel with not as much traction as a standard turf tire. However I wouldn't trade my Tweels for anything else - the benefits for me far outweigh the very occasional situation where that tire isn't optimum performing.
- I only run the mower a short distance without hearing protection but that Kohler 27HP fuel injected engine is really loud
- The 60" deck and the engine are a good match, never once did I feel the engine was bogging down even when in the really tall grass
- Side slope (off camber) stability felt good, I'll slowly work up to what I feel is a safe maximum off camber angle