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Slowing down when it is hot

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by precisioncut, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I find myself physically slowing down when the weather gets hotter and hotter. I'm solo and I have noticed the hotter it gets the longer the yards take. Only by a few minutes typically but still. It was like 107* yesterday and is coolin down to 95* this week for the warm up next week. Does this happen to anyone else??
  2. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    Here in the sunshine state it stays hot from April-October. Usually 90* or higher in the summer. Yes, I do slow down if I have to mow after about 2:00 pm. I usually get done by 3 o'clock or so and go home to the pool and ice cold suds. That makes it all worth it.
  3. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    Just have to pace yourself more during the hot months..
  4. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob3: water, water , water, and maybe a red bull here or there. keep drinkin.
  5. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    Water, water, water. True. But that's not enough. You have to replace electolytes as well or you don't do yourself any favors. An old runner's trick is to nibble on a small (6 oz.) bag of potatoe chips when you drink water. Also.......take a couple banannas with you & snack on those. Most importantly, don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water. Just drink it regularly throughout the day. I keep 2 gal. of iced down water on my trailer & every time I go to the trailer to get equipment, arrive on a new site, etc.........I take a drink. Amazing how 1 - 1.5 gallons disappear every day.
  6. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    i slow down considerably. i wear contacts and when all that sweat gets in my eyes, it burns!
  7. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Cold water all day long, sip the water do not guzzle, when you sip you retain more. I also use Pediasure ( used for young kids that are dehydrated ) when it's extremely hot, it works wonders, comes in a couple of different flavors.
  8. DR Lawn & Landscape

    DR Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    fluids is the key. tip: if your know you are busy the next day, bulk up on fluids the night before, your body will have a "reserve" for the upcoming day. additives such as those mentioned before (pediasure, etc. is a must ) check out your local health store for a powder mix of electolytes and potassium it helps.
  9. lawnmedic1

    lawnmedic1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    All trailers have a 5 gallon water jug on it. Crews are responsible for keeping it filled with ice water(they charge the ice on the fuel card)....Chuck
  10. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    Iced coffee, tea, fruit drinks....you just can't beat good old water. If you are hot take a break..hit some shade.

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