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walking backwards

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by brantfordbandit, May 28, 2011.

  1. brantfordbandit

    brantfordbandit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    when using your handmower do you walk forwards then pull the mower backwards on the return cut?
  2. chuacro

    chuacro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 600

    Why would you do this?
  3. JRT01

    JRT01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    no. make a 180degree turnn and follow your last pass.. walking backward will leave a poor cut and not so strait stripes.
  4. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,537

    It's all about the stripes, man. Haven't you heard?
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    The way decks are designed, it's not made to cut properly pulling it backwards. Just turn around and cut it right.
  6. SLMGT

    SLMGT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    I've never considered it. Probably not too safe pulling a mower towards your feet.
  7. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    We maintain alot of small yards in home owner associations. My en-suite bathroom is larger than some of them. Much of the time you have no room to turn around.
    We attempt to do a clockwise perimeter cut and then do straight lines.

    If you pull the mower backwards, keep in mind that the cut will be a half inch shorter than a row where you only cut forwards. You may want to go forward and backward on
    each and every row to keep the height consistent.

    Also, when you pull backwards you may have a mess of clippings to go over again.

    The owners manuals do not recommend going backwards as this practice can be dangerous.

    If you are on a small flat surface and have checked your surroundings before you move, then I believe it can be safe to pull a hand mower backwards to cut an area.

    I also put a piece of tape around the middle of the handlebar so that when the guys have to pull backwards with one hand and look over their shoulder,
    they pull the mower from the middle of the handlebar and the cut is kept straight.
  8. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    i use every the mower the same, forward on the pass, make a 180 degree turn and forward on the next pass.....

    pulling the mower backwards to cut the next row is a lazy homeowner thing and isn't very professional for those in the industry.

    i've never seen a 21 incher leave stripes so i don't see how it would mess up any stripes and if you pull it back straight your lines will still be straight.

    but still i think it's unprofessional and always reminds me of a lazy homeowner who doesn't really want to be out mowing his grass.
  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    If I'm doing fenced areas in HOA plans, I could care less. Tiny HOA front yards are a little more important. But I hate using machines without hydros, so I usually get frustrated when I have to hand mow and just try to get done ASAP.
  10. brantfordbandit

    brantfordbandit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    thanks everyone, maybe now my neighbor will believe me, i was wondering how you get a z turn up over a curb if you had to cut a medien or curbed island say at a commercial site.

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