I have a safety concern with the Gravely commercial walk behind mowers. This applies to the model I'm currently using ( no longer manufactured-pro steer) and the platform that the new ones are still built on. I was mowing on 8-2-05 at a commercial property and struck a small piece of cylindrical metal, 1/8 inch in diameter and 5 inches long. This foreign object was not detected before mowing and was virtually invisible, as I never saw it until I mowed over it. All components of the mower were intact and operating properly at the point of impact with the small item. I was wearing all appropriate PPE ( Long pants, shirt, safety glasses, hearing protection, and boots.) when I struck the unseen object. The only thing I heard was a loud "bang" and I felt something hit my leg. I stopped immediately, shut down the mower, and searched for what it was that I hit. Nothing was seen at first, but the pain in my shin was increasing rapidly, so I looked down and noticed a twisted piece of wire sticking out of my pants leg on my right shin. I hurriedly cut my pants away from the steel wire only to notice it was sticking in my shin about 2" deep! Ouch. My question: Is there a way to prevent objects like this from discharging inadvertently from the rear of the deck and striking the operator? The striping kit, as best I can tell, was where most of the "noise" came from. So, I guess it slowed the projectile somewhat, but still, there has to be something better. I would be more than happy to talk with some of you folks to prevent this from happening to anyone else. Safety is always first for me. That's the biggest reason I chose your product. I would just like to help make this better in the future. Thank you for making a great product and listening to the folks out in the field who trust your products everyday!