View Full Version : Riding Sidesaddle

Jerrys Lawn Service
09-08-2000, 09:40 PM
Today my wife and I were getting off the interstate by the
local mall and when we looked over there's a guy on what looked like an old torro walk behind sitting on the engine
feet to one side, near the discharge shoot steering the
mower by the rods! Now I've seen alot of crazy stuff in my
9+ years of lawn care but that took the cake. I guess the
guys never heard of a velke! Just remember SAFETY FIRST!

Good Luck to everyone!

09-08-2000, 09:45 PM
perhaps he was feeling some... "good vibrations"! (remember the old beach boys song?)


09-08-2000, 09:53 PM
Where could you possibly sit without getting burned.

Jerrys Lawn Service
09-08-2000, 10:02 PM
Bob, I swear it looked like he was sitting right on the engine, maybe on the air cleaner housing,OUCH!

09-08-2000, 10:46 PM
either hes lazy or he's trying to buld his verson of the covertable mower....sounds like a good reason and no it wasn;t me..

09-09-2000, 02:28 AM
We always used to do that at a few different lawn care companies I worked for. If you are on a BIG commercial site and don't feel like walking all the way back to the truck jump on the mower and let it do the work. Just be sure to keep your legs away from the exhaust and learn how to steer backwards and it is no big deal. Of course I would never even think of doing this with the blades on, but otherwise it is your own personal go-cart.

Turf Kutter
09-09-2000, 02:49 PM
Ryan where do you sit on the mower?

09-09-2000, 06:42 PM
right on top of the engine legs on front of deck
i sometimes ride to the truck too

Turf Kutter
09-09-2000, 09:28 PM
What kind of mower?

Turf Kutter
09-09-2000, 09:28 PM
What kind of mower can you do that on?

Turf Kutter
09-09-2000, 09:38 PM
What brands of commercial wb mowers can you do that on?

09-09-2000, 09:50 PM
Used to have a worker do that on a 48" Bobcat. He faced forward, put his arms behind his back to reach the brakes to steer. Don't think he scorched even one of his tatoos!

09-09-2000, 11:30 PM
You can do that on most walkbehinds. I have done it on Exmark, Scag, Bobcat, Just sit on the starter and keep your legs away from the muffler and reach back and steer. I would start out slow though it is real easy to pop a wheelie and fall off. and definately don't do it with the blade on. Works great on big properties.