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Old 05-13-2014, 02:47 AM
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Yeesh. My prayers are with the wife and family.
Kind of related, but I'm a paramedic/firefighter full time. 2 years ago we went on an "MVA" call, which sound up being a middle-aged guy mowing on an embankment next to a little bridge that went over a creek. The walls of the bridge were about 15-20' off of the ground at the highest point, and sloped down. This guy I guess got too close and slid off the edge, every bit of 10-15'. He landed next to a 3/4" stick sticking out of the ground that, luckily, didn't impale him. The mower (exmark ZTR) landed on him. He was fine other than a dislocated shoulder and broken leg. Be careful out there boys and girls!
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:38 AM
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And this is why you use a real jack AND jack stand's. Never trust one or the other by itself to do the job.
Exactly Jack it up the Jack stands and additional blocks if need to secure. Come along on a stout tree or make 4x4 - 6x6 post in your yard for this application of maintenance.

One guy died up here last year rolled of the side of the mountain on his ZTR
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:06 AM
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I use a mow jack. And I still don't put my head under it.
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:00 PM
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Just don't stick your darn head under the mower. It's really not that hard.

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Old 05-13-2014, 09:35 PM
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I use a mow jack as well, and never ever put my head underneath, only my arm and I am weary about that. One property I mow has a creek running beside it, it is eroding very badly, I stay very far back from the edge because all it would take is one spot to fall away and I could be in some serious ****. I would rather spend the extra time trimming it than risking my life.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:38 PM
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Be safe out there guys. When in doubt don't do it.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:05 PM
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Be aware of your surrounding and have a open clean place to work.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:47 PM
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I'll say what everyone else is saying: don't put your head under there. I'm to the point now that I don't even use a jack/stands anymore. I back my truck up in the driveway and put the ramps down and pull the mower up on the ramps on the back if the truck(npr). Unless the ramp broke, nothing unsafe about this method
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:42 PM
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This is why my kubota's built in jack was a selling point.
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