How much time do you spend and just how do you go about training a new employee to operate a ZTR safely and professionally. I can handle all my accounts solo right now but it is possible that I may need to train a helper if business pics up. Lots of things I take for granted that the new guy might find out the hard way and I don't need any insurance claims, etc. Things such as walking the property off and checking for obstacles, mowing patterns, mowing around vehicles and people (which I try never to do on the vehicles and never around humans). I'm sure some of you have trained others with mixed results. What worked for you? Case in point, a young boy fascinated by my mower wanted to ride his bike close to the lawn I was working on. After talking to him and explaining how dangerous it was (to no avail) I had to ask his parent to help me out as nicely as I could or I would have to stop. And of course teaching them to take care of equipment which from the LCO's I see around here may be impossible. Some of the hired help are very recless when the boss is away. Also, I had a friend get hit with a fist size rock last year in the face from a Lazer his son was running. Broke jaw, but lucky. Also if that had been a customer or other person!! If I do ever hire any help I think I will keep them in areas that are relatively safe with the ZTR and theres always trimming and blowing that can be done.