Insurance will pay, if you have less than 10 employeess you're exempt from OSHA regs. If you have more than 10 you will be fined by OSHA if it's serious injury.What about a Worker's Comp claim if an employee is injured because of a disabled safety device?
Years ago the Kees walk behind.Like what features did they come out with? Or what features did I keep intact and working?
Most safety devices are for the weak minded, poorly trained and inexperienced. They can turn a perfectly safe situation into a really dangerous one in a hurry for an experienced operator. Or, they can save life and limb for a foolish and inexperienced operator. I’d prefer not to say what safety features my machines utilize.
And yes, almost every piece of equipment has a recommendation for the age in which to operate it. It’s about as useful as the safety features and emission control devices the machine has on it.
I think the post about starting with GT pulling trailers and such is great. We grew up mowing early, running lawn tractor (at friends house, we didn't own one) would go to parking lots and steer on Dad's lap, practice and training. As a parent that takes interest in training for life, you know when they're ready to start cutting. As for ZTR at 15, that seems nearly a no brianer (based on the individual child). If child can run a go cart full throttle smoothly, should be able to run mowing equipment (hence farm licenses at 14-15 depending on the State).Seems like a burn hazard!
I was running a 54" 25 horse ZTR on commercial accts at 15
All told. I agree with the guy who said talk to your wife not the internet. That settles it. Period Paragraph. End of Thread.
So many kids today can't even use common hand tools, I want my son able to use his hands and know how machines work like you and your sister.Everyone has to learn at some point. 7 might be on the young side but everyone has to learn at some point. I don’t believe waiting until they are an adult to do anything that’s potentially dangerous is the right plan either. There’s a big difference in doing something at home with supervision vs working on a full time crew. Here’s my 11 year old sister on my skid steer. I’m 23 btw and I’ve been on equipment since I wasn’t much if any older than the OPs kid. View attachment 517720
Then teach him.So many kids today can't even use common hand tools, I want my son able to use his hands and know how machines work like you and your sister.
Memories of these...1466 and 1468, 706...JD4010 gas, 4020 and 5020 diesels...in my area, when you were able to reach the pedals you were old enough to be doing field work. As for safety?? Well back in the 60's and 70's, manuals didn't contain 10 pages of warnings, it was assumed people were smart enough to operate what they were buying...and enough direction was given to the kids to not kill themselves or someone else.Then teach him.
What other types of equipment do you own?
I know I already stated it several times, but I was running a garden tractor at 6, small farm tractors by at least ten and doing full fledged field work at 13. Here is an internet pic of the tractor I ran at 13 doing field work. So, no I don’t see a problem with teens especially running a ztr mower. My teen boys run our Walkers on the mowing crew.
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Not what I was saying at all. If I'm doing something and the little one wants to help, I love it (as long as it's safe). That's how they learn. Put a wrench or screwdriver in their hand and let them go at it.It good for kids to feel like they helping, they want to help.
It's not like I was going put him on a 40 hour work week
When did the forum turn into this SJW mentality to come back to and press charges on? This is the 2nd time I've seen a person post as though to threaten somebody based on what they post about what they may or may not have done in the past or currently. Kids do farm work every day. Maybe not 7 year olds, but over 10 years old, sure and especially starting in junior high.Some folks here are pretty caviler with their attitudes. Until something bad happens. Coming from Minnesota, a farming state, it was all too common to hear of farm kids' lives being taken or seeing crippled kids as a result of farm accidents. It's easy to talk tough when you have gotten away with it. Talk to somebody who hasn't. It's these attitudes that created the need for child labor laws. The days of having children to do your farm work have long passed.
I have no idea what your situation may be, but I would advise you not to post comments like this on the web. Should the worse happen, I guarantee you they will be read during the court proceedings.