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  • #16
    I had my first scare with my 36" walk behind last week.

    I was mowing a lawn I've cut all season and went around an obstacle in the back yard from a different direction this time. Bad move.

    The back tire dropped into a small depression causing the front to pop up and me to lose my footing.
    The mower was headed toward the house just 5' away as I slipped and watched in slow motion as my feet were sliding towards the back of the mower deck. I don't know if my feet would have actually fit under it, but I wasn't about to find out, and just let go of the mower and watched it slam back down to the ground, and head for the house.

    It shut off JUST as it rolled into the building. Actually, it is an enclosed sunroom built on a deck on the ground level. The mower ran over some concrete flowerbed edging stones and the front of the mower ended up under the decking with the muffler pressed against the decking face board.
    There was a small gouge in the wood, but after getting the mower started and backed out, I looked it over and found no damage!

    My feet are fine, the mower is fine, and after touching up the stain, the deck is fine.

    Scared the crap out of me as it was happening though.

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    • #17
      I had my first scare with my 36" walk behind last week.

      I was mowing a lawn I've cut all season and went around an obstacle in the back yard from a different direction this time. Bad move.

      The back tire dropped into a small depression causing the front to pop up and me to lose my footing.
      The mower was headed toward the house just 5' away as I slipped and watched in slow motion as my feet were sliding towards the back of the mower deck. I don't know if my feet would have actually fit under it, but I wasn't about to find out, and just let go of the mower and watched it slam back down to the ground, and head for the house.

      It shut off JUST as it rolled into the building. Actually, it is an enclosed sunroom built on a deck on the ground level. The mower ran over some concrete flowerbed edging stones and the front of the mower ended up under the decking with the muffler pressed against the decking face board.
      There was a small gouge in the wood, but after getting the mower started and backed out, I looked it over and found no damage!

      My feet are fine, the mower is fine, and after touching up the stain, the deck is fine.

      Scared the crap out of me as it was happening though.
      Did you check your underwear to see if that was fine too?

      Glad to know you made it out alive on that one! Sounds like it could have gotten ugly fast!

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      • #18
        Holy crap! I am glad nothing happened but it is amazing how fast accidents can occur!

        It makes you wonder if something could be designed, like a bar that goes along the back, when pushed forwards, it shuts off the engine.

        Is there any guard on the back of your mower now?

        I found more interesting reading on this here.
        Was a manufacturer at fault for a mower without advanced safety features?

        And also here.

        As far as I'm concerned, the most valuable safety feature is the rear toe guard—the rubber or Click on photo for a larger view. thick, flexible plastic thing that drags on the ground behind the mower
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        • #19
          I had my first scare with my 36" walk behind last week
          We call that a Religious Experience around the shop LOL!

          I thought it would be cool to were my Justin boots to work when I was younger, I was on the Bunton riding on the dummy wheel, my heels caught the ground and pulled the nice leather slicked bottom boots right off the velki, I hit my chin on the grease fitting and needed 9 stitches. My hands never left the handles LOL! Right when it becomes 2nd nature WAM!!

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          • #20
            Hahah NICE!!! I don't think I would have ever finished that hedge.

            Snip....stare...snip...stare...snip...stare....
            This is a 15 minute job, she was 22, blond, and would have never had trouble drowning, if you know what II mean

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            • #21
              Did you check your underwear to see if that was fine too?

              Glad to know you made it out alive on that one! Sounds like it could have gotten ugly fast!
              Underwear is in the trash. Right?

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              • #22
                Haha! Yeah, definitely a "drawer checker".

                I've had minor slip-ups where I tend to "hang on" and get jerked before I can slam the brake on, but this time the thought of my feet headed towards the deck had me just let that sucker go!

                It DOES have a shutoff - Sensor Grips sense the presence of your hands and teh engine quits if no contact is detected. It worked, but it still covered 5' of ground before it stopped.

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                • #23
                  My wife who helps me out occasionally turned a brand new walk behind off a sloped yard,down a 6ft bank and parked it upside down in the homeowners paved drive.she thought that was the coolest thing ever.So i fired her....again.
                  www.tammikproperties.com

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                  • #24
                    Holy crap! Was she belted in? That could have been a disaster!
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                    • #25
                      Holy crap! Was she belted in? That could have been a disaster!
                      Seatbelts on a walk behind?

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                      • #26
                        Seatbelts on a walk behind?

                        No belt.Which is probably a good thing.Would have hated to seen her hurt.Besides being my wife,she's a hoot to work with.
                        www.tammikproperties.com

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                        • #27
                          Thats reason # 108932457592390435601 why my wife won't work for me.

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                          • #28
                            Whoops I misread that and was thinking a ztr.

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                            • #29
                              I am injurin my back all the time loading and unloading equipment. I can't turn too fast or twist much at all. If I have to look to one side or the other, i tend to tuen my whole body to look because my neck hurts.

                              I don't tell the wife about it but she knows. She knows all.

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