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Sugarridge
06-14-2007, 05:57 PM
Unfortunately, I am starting to develop a chronic lower back pain issue which really makes it difficult to even walk some days. Wondering what commercial mower would be less jarring on the lower back?

GreenN'Clean
06-14-2007, 06:29 PM
I just had major back surgery done on my S1 this past January due to working through the injury for about 6 months prior and now permanently damaged my sciatic nerve and now have numbness in my right leg and foot from it but the pain from my back is long gone due to the surgery. What kind of machine are you using now? I run a tank 60" and a Bunton 61" and I don't have any problems with my back after using them unless its a really bumpy yard and I try to go fast through that area. But I usually slow down in those kinda areas cause I don't want to end up back in for another surgery.

delphied
06-14-2007, 06:51 PM
Any chiropractor will tell you the Wright stander . Contrary to many posts, standing is far easier on the back . You absorb the shock with your legs. On a seat, you are at the mercy of the seat design which isnt usually forgiving.

coobie
06-14-2007, 08:32 PM
Unfortunately, I am starting to develop a chronic lower back pain issue which really makes it difficult to even walk some days. Wondering what commercial mower would be less jarring on the lower back?Ferris.:) IMHO

Sugarridge
06-14-2007, 08:44 PM
I am presently using as my main rider a Lazer XS 66 diesel with the heavy duty suspension seat. . I have been looking at Wrights seeing as my wife is a nurse and basically told me the same thing about standing vs sitting and absorbing the shock. I wonder if it would help if I were to slow down over rough areas. As far as the Wrights go, I Think the Sentar would be the ticket because of the flexibility to sit and stand. In some of the latest posts it appears that might be working out some of the cut issues, but it sure looks like a nice machine and their channel program would definately save some money.

johnnywill08
06-14-2007, 08:55 PM
start doing yoga-dont worry, you dont have to chant. i started much to my chagrin but i was a 30 year old in a 60 year old body and i feel so much btter now....

delphied
06-14-2007, 09:00 PM
The sentar sport is the one I like. Wright is a backward company in some ways. Their net site is incomplete and doesnt show the Sentar Sport. The Wright should be especially good in Fla too. I think they give an awesome cut in Bermuda. Slowing down on rough is good but its the spot you dont see that gets you.

capelawncare.com
06-14-2007, 10:57 PM
Any Stander. I have A JD 657, and I love it. bad back and all

gene gls
06-14-2007, 10:58 PM
Unfortunately, I am starting to develop a chronic lower back pain issue which really makes it difficult to even walk some days. Wondering what commercial mower would be less jarring on the lower back?

I got an EverRide Worrior this spring with the pivot front axel. Its a whole lot softer ride than my 2002 Hustler S/Z. Also, try going to a massage therapist every couple weeks. I have had back pain for several years. Went to a few Chiropractors over the years with out any luck. Now I just go for a massage and I'm fine. You do have to watch what you lift and how you lift it. Even have to be careful how you bend over to tie your shoes.

DuraCutter
06-14-2007, 11:08 PM
I got an EverRide Worrior this spring with the pivot front axel. Its a whole lot softer ride than my 2002 Hustler S/Z. Also, try going to a massage therapist every couple weeks. I have had back pain for several years. Went to a few Chiropractors over the years with out any luck. Now I just go for a massage and I'm fine. You do have to watch what you lift and how you lift it. Even have to be careful how you bend over to tie your shoes.

All good advice. Also, put a cold pack on your lower back for 15 minutes, off 15 and on again. Massage idea is awesome if it's deeper than a surface rub. Also, if pain comes in, take Advil. This will help stop the inflamation which is what actually causes the pain.

Ice everyday and lot's of stretching...:)

Stillwater
06-15-2007, 12:01 AM
ferris or stander

Grits
06-15-2007, 01:10 AM
I've never been on one but Ferris has a mighty comfortable looking mower.

Envy Lawn Service
06-15-2007, 01:13 AM
Unfortunately, I am starting to develop a chronic lower back pain issue which really makes it difficult to even walk some days. Wondering what commercial mower would be less jarring on the lower back?

Well, I really feel for you... I really do...

Unlike some of the others who posted here, I totally understand what you mean. Some of the guys really do mean well posting to use a stand-on machine. If a guy could stand on one with the knees flexed it would be easier on the back.

However, those who suggest that don't know what it is like to hurt in the back so bad you can hardly walk. You can't take the shock and all the movement to the legs either. Even that little amount transmits more shock to the back than you can probably bear.

Myself, I used to hurt if I stepped too hard or bumped my foot against something.

I went through physical therapy and every other option short of surgery.
Nothing worked.

Maybe surgery would have, but I wasn't willing to risk it.

In any event, I stumbled across "trigger point therapy" online. The first time I tried it... it was rather painful but I could tell it was hurting good... you know when you are on the trigger points... and I kept doing it because I got results... and the results were more "lasting" than anything else prior.

Now I am doing so much better than I ever thought would ever be possible for me for the rest of my life. I am such a skeptic I would have never tried the things I did were I not so despirate for some small window of relief.

The trigger point therapy works... and anytime I have a flareup, I return to it and recover successfully.

In any event, I'll provide you a link to get you started. Search the net... stop carrying anything in your back pockets, including your wallet... etc...

http://www.triggerpointbook.com/backpain.htm

Add a suspension seat to your current machine, or get one that has it, and/or suspension on the mower. This will take the shock out of the bumps and keep the strain off your back and legs until you can recover.

I think now I 'could' actually switch over to a stand-on machine and do great.
It's a change you have to make while you are in good shape... and likely is better once you are in that shape to tolerate it.

dhardin53
06-16-2007, 10:53 AM
I agree with the guys here, my brother has a Wight stander and I have used it some. I have had back surgery many years ago and have had good luck ever since.

For me the healing process went slow and painfully till I found a swimming pool i could use to swim. Just a few shorts laps and in 2 or 3 days pain gone. Now If i feel it acting up I do leg crunches one leg at a time in the morning be for i get out of bed. Works for me.

I feel your pain, good luck..

Prestige-Lawncare
06-16-2007, 11:26 AM
... stop carrying anything in your back pockets, including your wallet... etc...

Add a suspension seat to your current machine, or get one that has it, and/or suspension on the mower. This will take the shock out of the bumps and keep the strain off your back and legs until you can recover.



I had back surgery back in '89 for a herniated disk L-4 / L-5. It was from an injury, and I was so bad I could hardly walk. I had tried everything, and it finally came to the point that not having surgery was not an option.

I quoted the lines above because one of the 1st things my surgeon told me was to stop carrying a wallet. That slight angle it puts you back in will over the years create back problems for many people ... especially those who drive trucks for a living like I did at the time. I have never gone back to a wallet, switching over to one of the leather money clips with a pocket for credit cards and such. You can get them anywhere wallets and billfolds are sold ... Wal*Mart carries them as well.

My suspension seat on my Super Z is very, very comfortable. I know it helps me deal with some of rough properties I mow on occasion ... mostly commercial properties.

I used to be in transportation management, and stressing proper lifting and back health is never stressed enough. It is so easy to injure your back ... yet so painful and such a long process to get it back to good shape.

DLAWNS
06-16-2007, 04:31 PM
Go find a really good chiropractor, ask people you know for referrals. I have all kinds of back problems and I've been going and its the best thing I've ever done.

Mark in MD
06-18-2007, 08:09 AM
I'd focus on fixing the back rather than finding another mower.

My back was so bad at one point I couldn't move. I went to a back specialist, he didn't do squat. Then I went to a Chiropractor.

I worked with a weight belt, which added stability to my lower back, and I went to the chiropractor regularly.

I learned that working is GOOD for my back, because it develops muscles that keep everything (nerves and discs) tight and compact, leaving no room for slipping or pinching.

Today, I wear no weight belt, nor any other back support item. I can lift anything. I have zero pain. It's like I'm 19 again. Almost.

Good luck