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straight lines?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by laxative, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 147

    Everything I cut is junk. Utility cuts on foreclosures for banks or city. No need to make things look straight or nice for anyone, and doing so would be a waste of time.

    Anyway, my own yard has a rectangular flat 1 acre back yard I've been experimenting with. Point is, I can't drive straight to save my life. Run a couple Exmark WBs, and an older Great Dane WB. All are hydro. Why can't I drive straight? Is there some stupid trick I don't know? Can pull maybe 2 straight lines by picking an object at the far end of the yard and concentrating on it, and going slow. But I lose patience and speed up and look down and the lines go crazy.

    I've seen some of the retards you guys hire, and they can drive straight at full speed fresh out of GED classes. Why can't I? Been cutting 40+ per year for several years so it can't just be practice. Why do I suck?
     
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,466

    40 years and cant operate a mower in a straight line?

    I don't know what to tell you other that you can't teach a old dog new tricks.
     
  3. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 147

    40+ yards for 6-7 years. I'm not THAT old. Just maybe ********.
     
  4. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 364

    When you start each row look way ahead at the end of the row and aim for where you are going. Don't look just a few feet ahead. It's called looking through the turn in motorcycling and driving.
     
  5. WVDpoker

    WVDpoker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    once you get a set of straight lines, use them again so you can see the pattern each time you mow. I use two to three patterns each season,
     
  6. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 147

    On every row, eh? Do that for the first couple, but then I chicken out and think I'm going to run over something.
     
  7. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 926

    I'm sure no real advice is needed here!!! Can't help anyone with an internet attitude.........Those Retards that people hire were hired because they aren't ********......as you mentioned, they can, cut a straight line
     
  8. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Posts: 916

    When it comes to stripes I work very carefully to make my first pass as straight as possible then I find I can go much faster on the next stripes by using the last as a guide as I go across the yard.
     
  9. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Maybe 'cause your a Buckeye ?:usflag: :drinkup: :rolleyes:
     
  10. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 801

    circle your perimeter once or twice to give your mower room to turnaround then always start making your first line , the shortest line. it easier to make a straight 10 foot line than a straight 50 foot line.once you have your first "reference" line i tell my guys to use the front caster wheel as a guide to run along the next line using a little overlap. as your making your next line your not looking all the way across the property but just ahead of the front wheel but not directly at the wheel...sort of like looking 20 feet in front of you but "periferally"(sp) keeping an eye on the front wheel as a your guide. you will envariably hit holes dips ect that will get you a slight wiggle in your line but it's important on the next line to correct for this and get back to straight. when fixing a wiggle you may have to look ahead , not at the caster wheel, to know when to correct so you don't start following a wiggly line because it will only get exaggerated as you go. remember, start with the shortest line first.
    steve
     

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