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#1 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted May 31, 2010 - 08:20 PM

Coming back from my daughter's & SIL's house this evening, a fella in his 60's was mowing sideways on a steep embankment. Now while I would mow it with ease on my JD935, this guy scared me! He was on a std MTD with maybe 42" cut, mowing up next to a woven wire fence. It was so steep, he was holding to the fence, & re-grabbing to it as he went to keep from rolling over sideways!! Wonder what he's gonna do on the next lower pass?? He is pushing his luck for danged sure! Wish I'd had my camera!

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Posted May 31, 2010 - 08:34 PM

That man was definitely walking a fine line, and he probably didn't even realize it. This is a good reminder that things can go wrong in the blink of an eye, there's no need to push your luck

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Posted May 31, 2010 - 08:40 PM

Hopefully he was just going to make that one pass!:bash:

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Posted May 31, 2010 - 09:35 PM

seem like i must know someone almost that silly, sitting on fender with foot sticking out.

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Posted May 31, 2010 - 09:49 PM

seem like i must know someone almost that silly, sitting on fender with foot sticking out.


LOL...you know, maybe I was wrong...he may have just been checking that the fence was tight!

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Posted May 31, 2010 - 10:13 PM

hope he was wearing colored shorts. you know us old folks do things we think is alright for us.

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Posted May 31, 2010 - 11:09 PM

I know I mow some pretty steep stuff with the 920 steeper than most people would dare but I got plenty of weights on it and I have a good amount of experiance. (In my best Clint Eastwood voice) "A man has got to know his limitations"

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 05:02 AM

Possibly that pass was to get in close to the fence,and the rest maybe he will mow up and down.

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 05:53 AM

Yep, that's a dangerous thing for him to do. I was mowing the ditch at my mom's place, earlier this year. It's fairly steep, but plenty safe enough to mow. I've mowed it hundreds of times, with out any incidents, but almost tipped over this year when the rear wheel fell into a sink hole from where the cable company tunneled their line under the road. You can never be too careful!

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 06:26 AM

I sort of have the same situation......there is an embankment that goes up to the road.....there is a guard rail at the top, so I can't go up and down. I go up it at an angle, go as far up as I dare and swing back down.......The National \mower is good for this, as it has such a low center of gravity.......The rest I do with the weed whacker.

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 09:19 AM

Possibly that pass was to get in close to the fence,and the rest maybe he will mow up and down.


I could make out the previous mow path, and all was parallel to the fence. Sure hope he never gets hurt. My brother in law flipped his C120 Wheel Hose over on him several years ago & his bank wasn't as steep as this guy's.

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 10:08 AM

I mow what is probably a dangerous slope. I need to weight the mower down some more than just my mass. There are sections of it I wont take on with any tractor and I let the township take care of it the 1 time a year they mow.

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 10:31 AM

I mow what is probably a dangerous slope. I need to weight the mower down some more than just my mass. There are sections of it I wont take on with any tractor and I let the township take care of it the 1 time a year they mow.



Maybe you need out-riggers.:bigrofl:

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 10:02 PM

That's one of the main things I like about my 3wheeler Ransomes it has such a low center of gravity you could never roll it, just gets to a point where it slides downhill, very safe mower in that respect.

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Posted June 02, 2010 - 08:33 AM

That's one of the main things I like about my 3wheeler Ransomes it has such a low center of gravity you could never roll it, just gets to a point where it slides downhill, very safe mower in that respect.


That's pretty much how my JD F935 is. At first I was leery of mowing sideling on the steep banks with it, but not a problem at all. When I start slipping sideways, I slightly lift the deck to transfer more weight, and she motors on.




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