Skid bush hog safety

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by FLCthes4:11-12, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have beed looking at a bush hog attachment for my New Holland ls 180.b It has an open cab. Is it safe to run a cutter without a windshield. I have seen machines going up the road with similar set ups without a windshield. I wouldn't plan on raising it and cutting trees just for heavy grass and briars. What do you guys think?
     
  2. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Definitely get a Lexan windshield. You will be amazed at what comes flying out from under the decks.
     
  3. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    If you actually keep it on the ground you do not need one, however better safe than sorry.
     
  4. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Ive had some stuff wack the glass so hard I thought it was going to come through before.

    Its easy to do if your raising the mower up to cut trees, the next thing you know your looking at the blades.
     
  5. MesaVerdeLM

    MesaVerdeLM LawnSite Member
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    Ive had stuff come flying at me with a conventional tractor mounted bush hog. Windshield is a must, cant work if you've got a piece of rebar or tree limb sticking through you.
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  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    one thing Ive wondered is how those things are even safe with a windshield. Like he said, pieces of rebar or steel pipe or thos green landscape posts. I can see those going right through the window
     
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    The way I see it, you wear eye protection when grinding or using other hand held power tools, you might want something bigger for your body. Crap can come flying out, hit the skid steer tub frame, bounce back off the loader cross member and wham-o blam-o, you got yourself a blinded eye.
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  8. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah I definately think you have to be very careful while doing this work. Does anyone know of a source online for a door kit. The dealership was pretty high I thought. I came across one that was expaneded metal. I thought about making one like that and covering with plexi or lexan. I would just use it for cutting or maybe clearing with the grapple.
     
  9. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
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    rocks, brush, METAL, etc., can ricochet off of trees, other obstacles, or depending on the type of brush mower, the mower housing. A front guard is recommended. Glass is only a temporary solution that will eventually get you hurt because it gives a false sense of security. If you have an open cab, you can still get a mesh door for mowing.

    A good rule is to never lift the mower off the ground while the blades are spinning. I have seen blade housings come apart, blades come off from poor torquing or failing blade bolts, and other scary things but a door with lexan or expanded steel will offer some protection.

    Good luck
     
  10. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would never run a skid or track machine without a lean windshield. Ever. I have had so much material hit the front it's amazing. More than a few times hard enough to make my ears ring for a long time. I had 1/4" gouges in the lexan from material hitting it. Many times I thought about what would have happened to me without the windshield. And to be homes you will also stay a LOT cleaner in the end.

    Bottom line is I wouldn't even think about running one without a windshield.
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