Your Heat tolerance?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Charles, Apr 10, 2001.

  1. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 9,030

    I do okay working until the heat reaches 96 degees and 80% humidity then I start to slow down and imagine naked women jumping into ice cooled water( favorite halucination)
    Low humidity 100 degrees is tolerable
    Today and yesterday we have been reaching the 90s. Feels like summer already.
    How about everyone else?
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Our warmest day so far is 84, had one at 80, but we are back in the 50's today. The 2 days in the 80's over the weekend got our grass greened up and growing, so we start mowing tomorrow. ;)

    We are getting some nice rains too, so we are looking good up in Chicago area.
  3. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    The heat is part of life in the south. I just take it a little slower, drink Gatorade instead of only water, and don't overdo it.
  4. Guardian

    Guardian LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 269

    2 towels. 1 in cooler, 1 around my neck. It helps beat this Florida heat
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Basically, the best advice is, pace yourself. I keep the fluid level up FREQUENTLY, although at times, I still keep up a high pace. I went down with heat stroke on a jobsite one day back in '86 and I've been REAL careful ever since.
  6. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    When is heats up good in Minnesota(not that warm...lower 90's) I usually just bring a large jug of ice water for myself. On two occasions I have jumped into one of the lakes during teh day, just make a beach stop and throw on the trunks. Unfortunately I usually never have time for such an occuarance, but it was nice the times it did happen.
  7. Not many torrid days. But we do get socked in September/October 90s w humid. I used to take along my surfboard in case a good swell hits. Have not done that in some time. Think I'll go back to that routine this summer when town (Honolulu/Waikiki) gets summer swell.

    Esby's post reminded me of this with his 'swim in the lake' routine. Man Lawnsite is sure valuable.

  8. turfguy33

    turfguy33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    I mainly bring a cooler of water to my sites especially if I have an employee with me. This year I decided to do all my new accounts by my self just one time to see how long it took me to accomplish the job, I didn't bring any water, because I thought that it would tempt me too much and I was trying to be as efficient as possible...., bad mistake.......After doing several accounts, I was practically spitting salt......But I did realize that on several of my accounts, I would actually be better off doing them alone, rather than pay $10 a hour for help...Now I only have help on just a hand full of jobs
  9. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    You guys are killin me. I did a dethatch job on 3 acres a couple days ago and the wind chill was 12 above zero.

    I'd kill for an 85 degree day now.

    I have pretty good heat tolerance, I sweat like a pig. Here in N.E. Wisconsin we don't get a lot of unbearable days.
  10. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 695

    Always have lots of fluids (water,gatorade) and some snacks handy. Also make sure to pace yourself...

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