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View Poll Results: How often do you use your ROPS?
I ALWAYS use my ROPS! 29 26.36%
I use them when I remember 10 9.09%
I never use them! 44 40.00%
I don't have ROPS 27 24.55%
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:58 PM
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Wow, guys. Really?

I wouldn't call a ROPS useless, and I certainly wouldn't say they're dangerous. Dangerous? A safety device is dangerous?

I can understand if you need more clearance for mowing around low branches or whathaveyou, most ROPS are designed with 3 position holes (one straight up, one at a 45 degree angle for protection but lowered clearance, and one completely flat.

We keep our ROPS in the 45 degree position 24/7. In the event of an accident, I need myself and my employees protected.

Safety is my #1 priority, period.

I would rather lose 20 minutes having to trim a little area extra that my mower couldn't reach due to the ROPS being up, instead of losing an employee, my ability to walk, or anything else due to not using safety equipment
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Sometimes I wish I could disable my Operator Presence System. Those damned mowers shut off all the time when I get out of the seat to pick up a piece of rubbish or when I put the brakes but still have the joysticks pulled in. It's so annoying, but I have to remember that they're there for my protection.
finally another on here who feels EXACTLY the same way I do about safety.

no amount of money can put safety in second place.

if they weren't needed they wouldn't be there.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:12 PM
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I always leave them up unless I have to go under some low hanging trees.

I'd feel pretty stupid if (god forbid) the tractor rolled over on me and I was hurt because I didn't take two seconds to put the ROPS up.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:37 PM
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Never I never wear a seat belt either
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:21 AM
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ROPS are a pain in the you know what but they are there for a reason. In my time I have mowed hills that I should not be on without rops or anything. I believe that if you are mowing mostly flat ground like I do then it is not necessary and can be removed but if you are mowing hills then use both... I mow a contract that is 300 acres of the hillest scariest mowing in Kansas City I use the rops then and that is it period.

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Old 04-09-2012, 01:53 PM
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[QUOTE=FoghornLeghorn;4351940]Wow, guys. Really?

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Safety is my #1 priority, period.



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Yes, Really. And so is mine. Thats why we took them off.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:57 PM
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if they weren't needed they wouldn't be there.
You don't really believe that? Many so called safety items can cause accidents.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:24 PM
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You don't really believe that? Many so called safety items can cause accidents.
um yes I do.

I leave all and any safety devices on equipment and use all and any safety devices.

guards stay on all equipment. ROPS is used on every property including seat belt. discharge chutes are always lowered if bagger or mulch kit is not present.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:50 PM
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Well then I'm happy for you. There are plenty of unnecessary safety items out there, so that you can feel protected. But for me I will be wary of some. One of the main reasons for most safety devices is show that lawyers and insurance companies can so intent. If they tryed to prevent a problem, it is less likey they will be sued by some dummy that can't think for themselves. So they make many things to prevent people from themselves. Here in Wisconsin we drive on frozen lakes. And a small child died because they where "buckeled in" when their dads truck fell threw the ice. I have also heared of elderly people drown when they could not remove their seat belt when their car goes into a river. Ever see a guy get a bee in his "Safety Helmet" when going down the highway. I did help one out of the ditch after it happened to him. How about the dead guy who did not see the car wile riding his motorcycle because of the glare from his helmets face shield. Our the kid who's neck was broke because of a cars air bag. I will think fro my self. To bad I do not always have the choice.
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