Just a reminder to yall, keep your wits about ya. Normally i am mr.anal when it comes to safety. i wont even move my wb mower off my trailer without hearing protection. well, last sunday my gf decided she wanted to use my ariens 21" mower to mow the lawn. She wanted to compare the cut with her crapsman. no contest right. So about half way through the front lawn i notice she is cutting too high. So, i go over to lower the deck. Now, when i use the machine and change the levels i HAVE TO let go of the clutch to change them. No problem to restart. Well, with her at the controls, me with hearing protection in, and no brain to be found anywhere............... la, de, da....... WHAM! "SON OF A>>>>>>> OH DAMMIT! Hon lets go to the hospital." Left hand lost the tips of my two middle fingers. It could have been much worse, but god spared me that. I lost about 1/2 the fingernail up on the middle finger and from the tip of the fingernail up on the ring finger. 9 years and only a few rocks tossed unger my glasess, now this. I am pretty embarassed and all my lawn buddies around feel for me, but laugh at/with me too. I am going to TRY and start mowing this monday. Doc says only thing resricting me from work is the amount of pain. If i caN HANDLE IT I CAN WORK ALL I WANT. sorry for the lack of caps, working impired here, hehe. Be safe and have a great day. I am off to have my moring breakfast, coffee and vicadin.