Z-turns make me sick as a dog!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SLGLawnServer, May 31, 2010.

  1. SLGLawnServer

    SLGLawnServer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Am I alone on this one? The center of rotation is what kills me like being spun around in place. I'll feel fine until I stand up then the whole world starts spinning and I wanna puke! Takes an hour for me to recover, but until then, I'm out of commission. I hate taking motion sickness pills because they make me feel like I shouldn't drive while I'm on them. I've had to resort to a walk behind, but I'm considering a good quality tractor. I'm getting too old to walk behind a mower all day since I'm a stand alone operator/owner and have to do the work of a crew (not big enough to hire by no means). Just wondering if I was the only strange one here.
  2. sdk1959

    sdk1959 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    If all that turning is from doing stripes then stop and mow in a circle pattern. If your customers don't care if the lawns are striped then why should you and no more dizziness.:dizzy: If they do care about stripes then your S.O.L.
  3. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    I have never had this problem, however have you thought about not taking such "extreme" turns? For instance instead of doing a "zero degree turn" doing three point turns?

    Also, I find myself almost looking ahead when I do zero turns...its kind of hard to explain but my eyes are not looking in my immediate areas or down at the ground when I am doing turns but are looking up and further out (this may prevent getting sick because of your eyes focusing)...I think this might be what helps me...however I am by no mean and optometrist
  4. SLGLawnServer

    SLGLawnServer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    OH, NO, not from doing any particular pattern, just constant motion of just maneuvering around obstacles, I'm SOL in any case with the z-turn. Just wondering if anyone else experiencing this too.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I don't think I have ever experienced motion sickness when I'm at the controls...
    You sure it's not heat stress?
  6. Coastal Lawn Maintenance

    Coastal Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 485

    i agree with topsites about i think it some sort of heat stress and then when u get up after sitting for a while things do get fuzzy. but if it the turning from a zturn i don't see how a walk behind will be any different
  7. SLGLawnServer

    SLGLawnServer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    No, I'm sure it's not or I would be even worse behind the walk behind. I have a history of motion sickness. As long as I'm behind the center of rotation, I'm fine. Don't know anything about riding in front of the center of rotation since I've never used a machine that required it.
  8. SLGLawnServer

    SLGLawnServer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Center of rotation, think about being spun around like a top same as when you were a kid, you have done that before I'm assuming. :dizzy:
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I get a little dizzy on one property I mow but that's on the riding platform of my walk behind from spinning around the rocks and other obstacles. It's a commercial property with lots of ledge outcrops and poles and such so I cut in with the WB before getting on the Z. Just wondering, do you keep you head up or are you staring down.
  10. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    eating enough?..not drinking enough, or blood pressure out of wack? Don't know ..but I'd be seeing a doctor. I get that way if I get dehydrated. You might have a imbalance of something..I'd get checked out.

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