I know of a guy who had his fingers chopped off because he thought he could adjust the belts while they were engaged......not so--obviously.
I've been driving mowers by myself since I was 6 years old. When I first started I was only allowed to drive in 1st and 2nd gear with blades off. Then when I was 8 I was allowed to use the blades and use 3rd, 4th, and 5th gears.
Last week I saw a 11 year old kid running wild on a brand new Crapsman in his neighbor's yard, apparently they're paying him some pocket change to mow there. The kid is gonna hurt himself the way he's going. He drives over the gravel driveway with the blades engaged throwing it all over the place. He runs into the trees and bushes going wide open and drives extremely wreckless. I felt like going up there to talk to the property owners about it, but determined that I'd probably get run off by them simply saying that I was trying to take that job from that 'poor kid'. I almost feel like it'd be saving his life if I step up there next time I see him mowing there.
F-250 XL RC/LB 4x2 Power Stroke Diesel
2010 John Deere
Z710A 48" cut
1999 John Deere
1985 John Deere
212 w/38" deck
1983 John Deere
420 w/54" hydraulic front blade
1974 John Deere
140, 54" hydraulic blade, 3pt. hitch, tandem disc, plow, 48" deck
1971 John Deere
112, 38" deck, all original, down for engine rebuild.
1967 IH Cub Cadet
124 w/creeper box, disc, plow
1947 Economy/Power King
Tractor S/N 590, fully restored.
Certified John Deere