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#1 coldone OFFLINE  



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Posted September 23, 2012 - 05:41 PM

OR stupid is as stupid does. Mowing the back small pasture today I only had tomove the kids toy JD gator out of the way to make the last pass. SO I stop the mower (L8 with brush hog) and start walking down to the gator 40ft away. About half way there my arm explodes into pain and immediately goes numb from the elbow down. Something like hammer just hit it! I look at the back side of my forarm and there is this gash down to the muscle and its about 1.5 inhes long. I stagger back to the L8 and shut it down and walk to the house for first aid. Hunny Bunny makes arrangements for my Dad to come get the kids so she can take me to urgent care. I get the wound cleaned up, its covered in grease (***). I have a few minutes so I walk back out to shut the gas off. While doing that i notice that 2 of the shroud bolts are missing where the drive holds the shroud on. SO I guess that when I walked away one of the bolts dropped down into the blade and was ejected at close to the speed of light. Moral of the story MAKE SURE THE BLADES ARE STOPPED BEFORE YOU GET ANY WHERE IN THE LINE OF FIRE. I knew better but did it anyway.

It hit hard enough that the threads cut the skin and left a really neat thread pattern on me. I am guessing that the bolt head is what caused the gash. No permenate damage except for one cut nerve. My entire arm and hand are swollen and a great big goose egg on my forarm.

SO if you ganna be stupid you better be tough!

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 05:47 PM

That's gonna leave a cool scar! :thumbs:

I used a Gravely L alot for a couple of years at work. There are all kinds of ways they can bite you.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 05:48 PM

Oh Man! Sorry to hear about that. Lord knows, I've seen enough carnage from one of those to know, you just can't get complacent. I heard one story from a Gravely rep, if I remember correctly it was Matt Brown, who said Gravely went through a lawsuit after someone was killed by a piece of wire thrown out from under one of those bush hogs. I remember seeing a fist sized chunk of wood get lofted out from under my deck one day and literally over the roof of my brother's house.
Hope everything heals ok.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 05:50 PM

Ouch!!!!!! That does not look good!
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 06:06 PM

Good news that it struck where it did and not a vital part. That will make a pretty scar and a reminder for all-Imagine it on a forehead, end of the nose etc.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 06:17 PM

That hurts just looking at it! Glad you got patched up.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 06:33 PM

5/16" bolt? or 3/8"?

I'm with Rich, good scar.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 07:54 PM

That looks like it hurt...A LOT! Sorry about the war wound, but really thankful that it wasn't worse! Hope that it heals up OK!
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 07:57 PM

Sorry to see that it got you,It's so easy to let your gard down around anything you us all the time,or get in a hurry win you should not.Been there
done that hopefuly all will heal well
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 08:08 PM

So many ways this could be worse. Good you post this as a warning to others as a lesson learned. We all need reminders periodically. Coupla things from other forums that I have seen. "Chicks dig scars" "Scars are like tattoos only with better stories"

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 08:18 PM

Glad to hear you are alright and that it wasn't worse then what it was. Hope it heals quickly.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 08:19 PM

Ouch. Don't do that.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 10:05 PM

Man I LOVE Gravely L injury stories! Because I had 2 of "L's" for near 35 years.:D Glad you're OK! I've seen many things fly out framunda, but my gravest injury came from a simple sudden stop. My buddy and I were clearing a new horse pasture and he had sawed all the stumps flush... all but one. I was trotting along in high when I hit one stump that was just higher than the shroud. You all know what body parts hit the end of the handlebar...! No cuts, just massive bruises, major pain and no joy for 3 weeks...
B-A-D! :D

(Can you imagine trying to market an L type tractor today? It can only be done in Europe now.)
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 10:08 PM

Sorry you got hit.........it is kinda cool though that you can see the threads and where the head of the bolt hit and that will make for some good stories.
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Posted September 24, 2012 - 06:56 AM

Glad the injuries aren't any worse. Thanks for the reminder and very happy you are here to tell it.
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