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back pain

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rdh, Aug 28, 2001.

  1. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    the seat on my ztr dane chariot hurts my back now . mowed a bumpy yard 3.5 acres .
    its the part of the seat your back rest on not the bottom .it needs more pad or something.
    the heavy equipment operators that run those big pans take a beating and do it everyday .there seats aint no differant . but they wear seat belts that keeps them from flying out. wonder if a seat belt would help on ztrs? it would keep you from bouncen all over the seat like i did to day and i never had back pains before.
    i will check this post out later i got to find the heating pad.
  2. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    how about a racing harness?
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943


    Look into a suspension seat. They are spendy, but cheaper than back surgery or a Chiropractor.

    Also, NEVER wear a seatbelt on any equipment without a ROPS bar.

    Third choice would be to SLOW DOWN!
  4. racerdave

    racerdave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    rdh, my ztr has springs and bumpers under the seat. I have to replace them twice a year. You might check them out..

  5. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    raser dave ---------it not the bottum of the seat it the back that makes it hurt .
    it made a knot in the middle of my back more to my leftside i cant even stand straight . its like the left rib cage is lower than the right side and i cant straighten up with out pain in my back.

    the property was cut before me with some tractor and bush hog and has ruts,roots and bumps every where.
    i fly up out of the seat and it fills like the back of the seat hits my back bone.
    after half done i didnt want to finish but did and made it worse even going slow.
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Although it may feel like the pain is being caused by the back of the seat, I don't think it necessarily is. I would look into a suspension seat as mentioned.
    If that doesn't do it, then go ahead and try some padding for the back (and maybe bottom too) of the seat. Just use some foam or something like that.
  7. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Are you sitting back on the seat or foward(back is not touchng seat).My trick is too sit foward to ease the lower back pain. Good luck. P.S. DONT put a seat belt on the mower unless you have a cage(rops) Roll Over Protection System.
  8. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I also lean forward like fivestarlawnken does. It takes a lot of the jarring off the back and it sure does build up stomach muscles. :D

    I also wear a leather weight lifters belt to help support my back, which is a big help if you have back problems.
  9. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Never thought of that ERIC ELM , How tight do you have the belt??:D Also Advil helps(i hate taking pills but, some days require it):p
  10. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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