One-handed operation on walk-behinds?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tyler_mott85, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Anyone know of any walk-behinds that you can operate with one hand? Gravely is one, I use a 48" now. I thought it was very weird and touchy at first but when you learn to use the other hand to hold onto the mower you feel much more secure on rough terrain and the mower it a lot easier to get up on curbs since you can push down on the handle with your other hand.

    I used Snapper before and thought it was the way to go, but after this Gravely experience I think it would be very hard to get back to using two hands to operate one.

    Any others out there?
  2. Herrick

    Herrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    I can drive my toro T-bar with one hand...
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    sounds like a safety issue to me
  4. toddman36

    toddman36 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I can op. my old exmark metro 36 one handed. I'd bet the new ones have safety switches that will kill it if you remove your hand though..
  5. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Hardly dangerous. Very safe. I would think that not being able to hold onto the mower securely without jerking the controls would be a safety issue. Like if you hit a pothole in the lawn and both hands are on the controls... your automatic reaction is to grasp which would make the mower go crazy! With one hand you have a firm grip on the mower already so you wont want to react.

    The Gravely has an operator presence bar on both controllers if you let both of them go the blades cut out. You only have to hold onto one controller for the safety switch to be okey dokey! The two bars mount on the outside of the handle bar and bend inwards until they almost touch in the middle.

    It's just like driving a walker except the bars will go back to neutral position on their own. You push them forward to move.
  6. brandtb1

    brandtb1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    I can drive my exmark with one hand, but I can only turn the direction that I am holding on. I have never tried a one handed model, but it would be interesting to see how it works. Do you have to have one hand pushing the speed controls at all times? I would think it would be easy to hit a hole and bang the family jewels into the mower.
  7. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Yes you have to constantly have your hand pushing the speed controls forward. But there is barely any resistance. Its just enough to move the controls back to neutral on their own. Theres a bar behind the controls and in front of the controls. If you're going fast you can grasp the bar in front while holding onto the controls to hold you steady. I use my left hand to stear and my right hadn to hold onto the rear bar.
  8. Two Seasons

    Two Seasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Our Scag Pro-V can easily be operated one-handed-forward, reverse, and turns-no problem. Nice for alongside brush lines.

    Easiest walk I've ever owned!
  9. George Mason

    George Mason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    I'll let my Ferris hydro go every once in a while one handed to get under a pine tree, holding on to the outside handle as mine has touch sensor. Every time I have done this, I have been going real slow and I feel like it was the lazy and unsafe way to go about it - i.e. not practicing what I preach:hammerhead:
  10. Real Mayo

    Real Mayo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I'm with you on that one, George Mason, regarding the Ferris. When I'm showing off or going around pine trees I utilize the one-handed method. The only thing you can't do one-handed is go in reverse evenly. Both handles have pos. and neg. throttle controls so you can operate it effectively. However, go slower and be diligent when practicing these manuevers.

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