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Old 05-10-2005, 12:56 AM
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Children on riders...are the parents stupid??

Sorry Jodi or Charles if you have to move this, I just wanted more people to see this..Each year we hear the horror stories of children injured or killed while riding on the lap of an adult on a lawn tractor, I almost saw one the other day. I was mowing a church account, and the neighbor stopped on his new Troy Bilt tractor to ask about the Standers. He was really proud of his new mower, and then we went back to mowing our respective yards. About ten minutes later, I looked over and he has his son, maybe 2-3 years old, riding with him on the tractor. He was sitting on the outside of the guys right thigh, saddle style. They went to turn and he almost dropped the little boy. If that wasn't bad enough, a minute later, he got too close to a low branch on a pear tree, and about ripped both their heads off. I was about ready to go ask the guy if he was crazy or just plain lacking in common sense. I figured it wasn't my place, so I kept mowing. I had to fix my crooked, if you know anyone who takes their children on a lawn tractor with them because they think it's " fun", tell them to think again..sorry for the rant...been working too much...
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Old 05-10-2005, 05:51 AM
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I have been known to take my kids for quick rides on the mowers but never with the blades engaged. As paramedic I have seen the accidents. You just have to be smart about things. My dad use to ride me on his mower as a child, and now that he is gone those are some of my best memories of him.

You are right in most cases, those people don't get the danger thing......

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Old 05-10-2005, 07:25 AM
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Unfortunately some memories include getting fit for prosthetic limbs or worse. A friend of our's is in that business, and says that they get the most business from "good ole dad" riding child on the mower.
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Old 05-10-2005, 07:32 AM
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I never heard of a kid falling off and being run over. I always see the news where the parent backs over their kids.
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Old 05-10-2005, 07:38 AM
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I usually stick up for a parents right to give there kid a ride on the mower. But last week I saw something that shook my faith in my fellow man to the core. This guy had a mower with blades engaged stuck in a ditch. It was about to flip over as he rocked it and flung his body to one side to keep it from rolling over. In his lap was a kid no more than 3 years old. Right next to the highway in a steep ditch. I stopped my truck and ran over to them and graped the mower and pushed it out while holding it down. What I wanted to do was grab the kid set him off to the side and whale the tar out of this guy. My dad and grandad gave me lots of rides on farm equipment as a kid but they never put me in such a position of danger like that. They used it as an opportunity to discuss safety issues with me. I wasn't allowed to ride when they were working until I was old enough to hang on at least. Some people have absolutely no sense at all.
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Old 05-10-2005, 07:48 AM
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Anyone riding a kid with blades engaged is stupid. Riding them around, just riding with no blades engaged...ain't no problem.
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Old 05-10-2005, 09:57 AM
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I take my daughter for a quick ride up and down the sidewalk sometimes when im unloading the trailer..Never with the blades engaged
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Old 05-10-2005, 11:09 AM
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My father used to do that with me. But we where in the middle of a 3 acre flat lawn with 3 trees in it. I know I won't ever be doing that when I have kids.

I have been with several of these types of calls with the fire department. Some people are just stupid. Here in Maryland, nothing is flat. So why would you add the extra weight of a kid, plus their weight is also not being balanced over the center of the machine.

I did see a john deere garden tractor once with a smaller seat attached to the bigger seat with a little seat belt on it.
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:03 AM
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I can't even remember how many times I rode on my grandpas knee as we mowed the lawn on the old Sears Craftsman 8 hp 38" cut mower with the deck wheels that actually heald the deck off the ground. 3 speed and no brakes at all. No hills though. And my Grandpa was a stickler for saftey. He would always make sure I was not in the way of the dischargs side of the mower and would remind me often to look away even if I was some distance away. Yeah, everything about what was happening was dangerous but times were different even then.

I think too many people are making kids too soft these days, making them afraid of everything telling them that they can be hurt doing just about anything.
I have a couple lawns I mow where the kids are like this. Granted I don't want them out there following me or even outside for that matter, but for a 5 year old boy to cower in fear and start bawling when I mow, trim, or even have the blower idling is nuts. I know what's caused it too. One very over protective mother that's taught him to be afraid of everything so he dosn't ever get hurt.
Sorry, but getting hurt once in a while is part of growing up...

I know I won't worry about losing the lawn to him when he gets old enough to mow, he will either be in front of a video game or a computer 24/7 because he wil be afraid to go outside and get a bug bite.
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Old 05-16-2005, 05:00 AM
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I remember it like it was yesterday.I was sitting in my chair in front of my house having a cigarette when i was hit in the face with a rock.I lost my right eye thanks to a 16 year old kid that didnt walk the lawn before he mowed.I also rode on a rider with my father but the blades were off and he would have the tractor in first gear.Ive see guys riding with there kids in 4th or 5th gear.Thats just asking for trouble.
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