Stupidest damn thing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DynaMow, May 29, 2006.

  1. DynaMow

    DynaMow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Why oh why do the manufactures of walkbehinds put the blade engage lever on the left side. Everyday I have pine trees disengage my blades. 95% of the time when going around objects (much beds, posts, trees, etc...) I travel with chute facing out. Inevitably thick branches will catch my lever and disengage. Why can't they put this lever on the right side? maybe some do. Thanks just a thought.
  2. YotaNate

    YotaNate LawnSite Member
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    Ferris puts it on the right side, right above the ignition key.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    Scags kinda on the right ,i know what you are saying same thing here trees dis engageing the blades.
  4. JT1304

    JT1304 LawnSite Member
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    Toro uses a button, not a lever, but it is on the left.
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thats the worst...especially if you have music playin and dont notice the blades have disengaged. That one is right up there with forgetting to lower the deck before mowing a property then when you are done mowing noticing that you cut NOTHING.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not mine, only the float decks have the electronic clutch, the fixed deck 48" is a manual lever and yes, tree branches disengage it, which is why I carry fiskar shears and lopers and when the stupid branch gets in my way, snip.

    LOL I have never done that but with the music, I leave the Kohler idle for about a minute on the trailer so it cools down some... So I go off to start the weedeater in that time and more than a few times did I go off weedeating just to come back 15-odd minutes later, and yes you know the mower is still running:cry:
  7. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ya, our MTD Pro is on the left also. it's a pain in the a$$:cry:
  8. SOMM

    SOMM LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good case for an overgrowth or obstructions surcharge in your written agreement.

    The trees need "limb-up" Craig's, and there's no bonus in your doing it for free.
  9. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gravely w/b button mounted somewhat center.
  10. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm with you on this. Both of my Bob-Cats are on the left too. The new ones come with electric clutch buttons though. I'm not sure if the "Classic" uses a clutch or a lever.

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