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sore hands from walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Stonewall, Apr 13, 2001.

  1. Stonewall

    Stonewall LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    My hands are always sore at the start of the season from my walk behind and this year I have more work than usual using it instead of my rider. What gets me is the metal operator presence control lever. It works on a blister on the palm of my hand. Has anybody found some sort of rubber wrap to ease the tendency for blisters? I tried some rubber spray compound but it rubbed off pretty quick.
  2. oneEXMARKfan

    oneEXMARKfan Banned
    Posts: 254

    I just took my OPC off, and got a kill switch like on a jet ski. keep the tether around my wrist.
  3. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    The only thing that I can think of off hand would be the rubber tape that they use to wrap handle bar grips on bikes, I think it is actually called grip tape. One other place to look would be in some of the "woker safty equiptment catalogs", they come up with some pretty inovative solutions to long term problems in the work place.
    Good Luck,
    Jim L
  4. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    I had that problem with an old belt drive unit I used to have. It would wear my hands out. With my hydro's I don't seem to get that.
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    stonewall--you didn't tell us what kind of walk behind you are using.

    otherwise, why don't you wear gloves? it works for me!

    something else to consider is why are you palming the handles so hard that the OPS is being a problem? on my unit (lesco 48, belt) I rarely have to do more than keep my hands on the OPS.

  6. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    gloves. I gave up walks because of carpel tunnel, and now lookee at the hustler w/b. no grips there! Dave
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Operating the hydro makes my hands hurt. When I use the belt drive I never have a problem. BUT, I never get tire using the Lazer.
  8. slabpile

    slabpile LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    Only one thing to to, buy a toro t-bar. then no more probs!!
  9. Stonewall

    Stonewall LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    I have a 36" Scag hydro. I think part of the problem may be that I need to adjust my tracking. On one side, the reverse is almost non existent, but I haven't adjusted it yet. That's one of today's projects. I don't want to wear gloves because of the heat here in the summer if I don't have too. Has anybody tried those fingerless gel gloves?

  10. jrebeiro

    jrebeiro LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    I have a scag also and the operator handles kill me. I am gonna run to home depot and get the latex you dip tools in to coat the handles. I am hoping this will help. Eventually they will callous up and I wont have a problem until next year. My first full day was yesterday and my hands are sore as heck!

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