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Transporting mower from site to site

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Beckham, May 4, 2013.

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  1. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    But that will never happen to anyone ever, especially the guy that keeps saying it doesn't have to be tied down. :hammerhead:
     
  2. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

    True, true... I know the cops were trying to find every excuse to write a ticket for something, but you can't argue with proof of chock blocks that leave tire marks 150' where they are being pushed by a few tons of downhill force and seeing the parking break was still engaged and the truck was in park... My guess would be the momentum of the tractor would have caused it to flip a few more times doing probably $50k+ worth of damage to the house instead of $15k.
     
  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,862

    Maybe where you live in the land of OZ there's no reason to tie down your load, but here at least, it's a law first of all and common sense second.

    What if you are driving along doing just fine, but someone cuts you off sharply either due to stupidity or a mechanical malfunction of some type, and you go flying over a curb and into a parking lot where a woman and here small children are making their way to their car. Suddenly, here you come, mower flying out across the lot as your trailer rolls from flying up and over the curb sideways. You wipe out the lady and her kids. You are liable for not having your load secured. No jury will let you off the hook for that.:hammerhead:
     
  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,862

    this is really not something you should say on a public forum. IT ISN'T FINE. :hammerhead: This is in violation of many states laws and saying it is fine is just flat wrong to do. You are possibly helping/advising someone to break the law in their local, not to mention what will happen to them if they are involved in a roll over accident and found to have not had their equipment strapped down. Since you are giving legal opinion/advice here, are you going to defend them in court or at least pay for their defense?
     
  5. hi_speedreed

    hi_speedreed LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 534

    Doesn't this argument happen in some way or another on this forum 3-4 times a year?

    I tie down because it means you expect the unexpected. I hope to never be involved in any type of accident but if I am I want to know I did everything in my power to prevent injury to others. I would have trouble sleeping at night if I didn't strap my mower down and it somehow became a 700lb projectile moving at 45mph. It would maim at best kill at worst.

    Guys who tie down will never convince guys who don't.
     
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Just like in the example pictured above, the chances are pretty good that the straps will snap in a major collision. US DOT laws regarding securing loads leave a lot to be desired. In no direction is more than 1 G of securement force required. The point of the straps is not to stop stuff from flying off in a collision, it's to keep stuff from moving around while being transported and causing an accident.

    Well in excess of 100 G's of force can occur in a head on collision. For the average 1400 pound ZTR you'd need straps in excess of 140,000 pounds of strength. Most people think they're way over doing it with 10,000 pound straps.
     
  7. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I don't even understand your reply.

    Maybe you missed my sarcasm in my post.
    You make a lot of assumptions - I can assure you that I'm not "under 40", nor do you know anything about my driving skills/habits/record.
     
  8. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    I've told the story before, but here goes. Several years back, I had an old JD 48" belt drive on the trailer. It could hardly move due to the way it was wedged. I was looking for street numbers for a new job, and just dipped a trailer tire into a ditch. Even though I was only going 20-25 mph, when it popped back onto the road the mower flew several feet in the air. Nearly half of the mower was dangling out the driver side with a little car coming at me. It was VERY close to tossing it out of the trailer and into the windshield of that car. I remember the look on the young lady's face as it happened.

    As much as we rush from job to job. And try to conserve any unnecessary work. I never rush anyone that's strapping mowers down. Besides, they may not move much, but they beat the snot out of each other if they aren't strapped down. One poster on here had broken (I believe it was 5) toro 21" decks. Almost certainly from a bigger mower "bullying" it on the trailer. Straps may well save a life.
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  9. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,025

    I don't doubt you. I have my mowers strategically placed on my trailer with boards screwed down on the trailer floor to prevent them from moving. I'm pretty sure it would be physically impossible for them to leave my trailer. I'm sure there's a math problem out there to prove it too. My mowers have never even moved an inch in transport. I have no use for straps.
     
  10. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    Do said boards prevent them from moving up? It was like a catapult. Almost flung the mower. I had been pulling mowers on trailers for nearly a decade by then without incident. Good luck.
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