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Sprinkler heads and mowing?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Michianamowpros, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. Michianamowpros

    Michianamowpros LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 11

    Morning. Does it hurt sprinkler heads to run over sprinkler heads with your mower tires?
  2. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    The only time I ever (knock on wood) broke off a sprinkler head was when I accidentally ran over one with the Proslide. I try to avoid them if I can but have run over them before with my tire and it didn't seem to bother them. Good luck.
  3. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    Provided they are installed properly - no.
  4. soccerlawn

    soccerlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 379

    SWD is correct, if the sprinklers are installed correctly you will be fine, but I have hit two sprinklers because they were slightly up and very shaky. The guy who installed them was a cheapo with everything he did.
  5. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,904

    Hitting sprinkler heads with the tires is like playing russian roulette, you will break risers and that's a pita.
  6. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    Depends how high they are. I also agree with SWD. If they are installed correctly. I try to avoid the ones that are up too high. Proper installation of a head is below the surface.
  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,904

    In a ideal world all the heads would all be packed with dirt around them also so the head won't move either, but that is not always the case. if you do not want to repair broken risers steer clear of the heads.
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    Like stated by SWD, if installed correctly, you shouldn't have a problem 99% of the time
  9. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    I have them in my yard and several customers yards and knock on wood have never had a problem.

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