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Watch them thar guide wires.......they'll get ya

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HOMER, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    I was mowing a property Saturday that I've mowed since 99, the only thing different was I was using my brand new (12 hrs) 27-60 Lazer with the new ROPS :rolleyes: in place but folded completely down. I approached the same guide wires that I've passed by 100 times in the past and got as close the them as I usually do and ducked my head as I usually do.............but something strange happened this time :cry: as the folks at the intersection were stopped for the light and of course their attention had to be on the guy mowing grass. As I made my pass at a good 7-8 mph all of a sudden I find myself with the front of the mower standing straight up, me at a very sudden stop, the left rear wheel on the ground and the right one 2 feet in the air. The knob on the inside of the ROPS had hung on the guide wire and stopped me cold in my tracks..........for once in my 43 years I was "hung"...........and not the way I would prefer to be! :help: I never looked at the motorists.....I was extremely embarrased at what had just happened and still stuck, working the levers back and forth didn't get me anywhere either. I dug a pretty good hole with the left tire but wasn't getting off the wire. I ripped the black knob off thinking it would give me some relief but when I did I say that the head of the bolt, which is now bent, was what was keeping me suspended. I did have enough sense left to turn the blades off and then try and pull the cable off the bolt head. This didn't work and to be honest with ya I still don't know how it got loose. It finally unhooked itself and the mower came crashing down. I gave a big thumbs up to whoever might have been watching cause I still didn't look at them :blush: and hauled ass back up the hill and finished the job.

    I've been mowing since 96 and have yet to turn over a mower. The very thing that was supposed to protect me damn near killed me! If that bolt had not have been there I would have been fine. Tomorrow the ROPS might be removed if it doesn't void the warranty. If nothing else those bolts will come out and be tossed in the bucket with all the other useless bolts in my life.

    Ya'll be careful out there...........them guide wires will get ya good!!!! :angry:
  2. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    First thing I did when I got my Kubota ZD-28 was hook the ROPS on a tree branch and break the thing off, promptly after crashing back to the ground from the neat-o wheelie I had been doing.

    Second thing I did was promptly drive over to the truck, spend about 45 minutes taking the ROPS off of the mower and lugging it into the trailer.

    Those things are heavy when you're moving them all by yourself. :dizzy:
  3. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    ok im lost what do you mean by "guide wire" explain this further
  4. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    I was mad enough Saturday that I could have chewed the sumbeech off!
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    it doesnt void the warranty, but you have to take off the right (i think) wheel to get to one of the bolts. I hit mine on a low orange tree branch and felt like i was going over backwards. It did jar me real good when it came crashing down. Just throw the stupid things in the back of the shed, because im sure we will neeed to put them back on when its time to sell.
  6. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Sounds like a hell of a ride. Something to look out for in the future. Glad your OK and thanks for the laugh.
  7. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    It seems to me that anyone with a brain would know when steep was too steep. I'm sure they put these on to save lives but turning you over backwards on flat ground is just as dangerous as rolling over sideways and drowning in a pond. People use common sense to stay alive and healthy. These ROPS have, IMO, added another degree of liability to a company trying to avoid liability issues.
  8. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

  9. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    And you added something to it with that foolishness????
  10. malojeer

    malojeer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    knocked a metal fence tee post on my head with my Rops.The customer had it in between a wooden fence post and a tree about 5 feet up pushing the top of the wooden post straight. Went to cut between tree and fence and the metal tee post came down on my head now I have a large knot on my head.

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