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Mowing with a disability (Anyone?)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tacoma200, May 15, 2006.

  1. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Just wondering if there are any of you that mow with a disability such as limited use of your legs, arms, back problems, hearing etc. and how you cope. I am not posting this to make fun of anyone it just seems like mowing could be a good oportunity for some that would find trouble in other jobs. Especially with a helper it would seem possible to run a lawncare business even if you were limited somewhat physically. Would love to hear your story.
  2. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    There have been a couple great articles about this in turf magazine in the past six months or so. One stands out in my memory because he was from Vermont (as I am) If you can check out the turf archives you'll find something there.
  3. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I'm not disabled, but I did see a LCO with half a arm, he had a sling from his shortened arm to his weed eater. I was impressed
  4. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    We have a guy that does the local game and fish shows on Kentucky Educational TV who only has one arm. But he has adapted to fishing, hunting, and even shoots a bow (with his teeth if I'm not mistaken). I admire those that don't let things stop them from having a full life.
  5. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    Before I struck out on my own I worked with a guy who had a shorter arm and only 4 fingers. It seems that before he was born he was laying a certain way in the womb and it stunted the growth in his arm.

    He really couldnt run a mower but he could trim with the best of them! Good worker and he's still a great friend of mine.
  6. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,313

    A.D.D :laugh: thats good though. :laugh:
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I lost my natural voice to laryngeal cancer 12 years ago
  8. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    Do you have one of those talking boxes or something?
  9. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 946

    The craziest thing that I saw was a man pushing a 21"er while walking with one of those 4 legged canes. My wife and I looked at the guy in utter amazement.
  10. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    His lawn guy probably quick b/c he was a major PITA

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