Mowing at 30F or 100F

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ed2hess, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    HaHa, I agree! I use to be fine with the cold but now at 44 I cant take it any more. A warm weather relocation is in my future!
  2. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,814

    Try adding another 20 years! I can surely take the heat better now than the cold.

    Grateful to live in Tennessee.
  3. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    My cold weather work is typically in the Fall, not Spring. Yes, been out many times at 30, often less than 30. If the day is heavy overcast, and breezy, the body will feel it.

    Fifteen years ago, my feet were the problem. They would get so cold, ache, and not work well. But, for reasons unknown to me, my feet have not been a problem for many years. Now, it is the hands. I suspect that I have gotten them so cold on too many occasions, the blood flow isn't what it was at one time. I can keep the rest of me warm with multiple shirts, multiple sweatshirts, insulated vest, coveralls, etc. when walking with the w/b. Riding the ZTR is a real problem in keeping warm. The lack of movement is the problem -- just sitting in the seat, with little motion of the arms. If sitting for 45 minutes, I am in need of somebody to pry me out of the seat -- I get very stiff in the joints (probably not unexpected at my season of life). When the air is damp (e.g. overcast, light mist, etc.), the problem is worse.

    The hand problem is not good for both riding the ZTR, or using the w/b. I think the problem is no movement in the hands in either case. I use pistol grips on the w/b, with hand-to-steel on the controls. Any heat in the hand is sucked right out to the cold steel. I use a double glove -- internal, padded mechanics glove, with an heavy leather glove outside. But, this is not very effective for me. I've tried some "insulated" gloves, but without success. However, I have not trying the Thinsulate ones. Somebody suggested those in a post long ago, and I never get to a store to buy. Note to self: Go to the store in the off-season when I have time. Thanks.
  4. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    But, Knoxville gets its fair-share of cold weather and snow, too.

    Have you considered heated motorcycle grips?
    You can cut off the inner flange and be left with just the sleeve. Also, you could install Hippo Hands, over the controls.

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