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2014-07-01 05:20:28 PM  
Friend of mine did that. Lost two and a half fingers. He managed to get to of them put back on.
 
2014-07-01 05:22:07 PM  
I lost a penis that way once...don't ask.
 
2014-07-01 05:26:49 PM  
i think I learned that i the first minute of my job as a landscaper one summer.
 
2014-07-01 05:48:55 PM  
This goes for snowblowers in the winter too.
 
2014-07-01 06:41:44 PM  
I'm moderately stunned that lawn mowers don't have shear pins. Not that a finger or toe would stop it, but the fact that safety features don't exist on some of these machines (I'm talking real safety features, not "let's put a symbolic strip of piss poor steel here") have an appalling lack of engineering to them.

/why yes, I believe I *could* build a better lawn mower.
 
2014-07-01 07:05:49 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I lost a penis that way once...don't ask.


See? And I lost 2 perfectly good blades trying your way.
Coo-coo sparks though, man.

/how you doin' ladies?
 
2014-07-01 07:10:49 PM  

ajgeek: why yes, I believe I *could* build a better lawn mower.


What happens the first time your mower hits a rock?
 
2014-07-01 07:21:03 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I lost a penis that way once...don't ask.


I hear you.  My penis also had to be surgically removed because my urethra was terminally clogged with grass.

It's the price we pay as sod fetishists.
 
2014-07-01 07:25:25 PM  
www.medicalartresources.com
who needs fingers anyway
 
2014-07-01 07:29:18 PM  

ajgeek: but the fact that safety features don't exist on some of these machines (I'm talking real safety features, not "let's put a symbolic strip of piss poor steel here")


Well when you let go of the mower, the blades stop. If you need more of a safety feature than that, it's between you, Darwin and God.
 
2014-07-01 07:29:21 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I lost a penis that way once...don't ask.


Well I hope you found it again.
 
2014-07-01 07:58:48 PM  

Mugato: ajgeek: but the fact that safety features don't exist on some of these machines (I'm talking real safety features, not "let's put a symbolic strip of piss poor steel here")

Well when you let go of the mower, the blades stop. If you need more of a safety feature than that, it's between you, Darwin and God.


And if you really want to be safe, pull the spark plug wire.

Of course, that's for push mowers. If you're trying to clear a riding mower without turning it off... What the fark are you thinking?
 
2014-07-01 08:15:28 PM  
Also: don't push too hard on branches when feeding a wood-chipper.

I lost my head and half of my spine that way.
 
2014-07-01 08:17:13 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
Whats going on here?
 
2014-07-01 08:18:24 PM  
unaffiliatedcritic.com
Now you tell him.
 
2014-07-01 08:19:01 PM  

Mugato: ajgeek: but the fact that safety features don't exist on some of these machines (I'm talking real safety features, not "let's put a symbolic strip of piss poor steel here")

Well when you let go of the mower, the blades stop. If you need more of a safety feature than that, it's between you, Darwin and God.


Right?
 
2014-07-01 08:21:06 PM  

"This just in: clearing clogged grass from doing anything other than cutting grass with a running lawnmower is a bad idea"


There has to be some kind of crossover between people who would mess with running lawnmowers and people who think "the gun they are handling is unloaded".

 
2014-07-01 08:21:16 PM  
and don't run over golf balls on purpose.
or at least make sure your are behind a wheel or something when you do.
 
2014-07-01 08:21:33 PM  
cdn.screenrant.com
I still can't figure out how to keep this from Happening.
 
2014-07-01 08:23:33 PM  
That's why you make your kid reach under there and pull out the clog. They have smaller hands.
 
2014-07-01 08:24:36 PM  
I rather like my electric mower, if for nothing other than I never have to pull start it.

Put in rechargeable lithium battery.

Push the button, squeeze the handle, and you are mowing.

No excuse for ever not turning it off.
 
2014-07-01 08:26:37 PM  
i1.ytimg.com
Clogged grass is a bad idea, but what about hedges?
 
2014-07-01 08:27:36 PM  
You can't tell me what not to do!
 
2014-07-01 08:27:38 PM  
It's a mistake you can only make twice... OK maybe four times.
 
Al!
2014-07-01 08:27:43 PM  

Mugato: ajgeek: but the fact that safety features don't exist on some of these machines (I'm talking real safety features, not "let's put a symbolic strip of piss poor steel here")

Well when you let go of the mower, the blades stop. If you need more of a safety feature than that, it's between you, Darwin and God.


To piggyback on what ManateeGag said:

I was about 11 (1990ish) and had been told to never, ever reach underneath the mower unless it had been properly "disarmed," lest I be disarmed myself.  I was mowing the neighbors yard and his yard grew unevenly.  The front and sides got lots of sun, the back lots of shade, thus leaving the front and sides growing slowly and the back a jungle if it ever went a week or more during the summer.  I was mowing the back and the blades bogged down enough that the mower stopped.  My normal method of clearing it was to rock the mower back and drop it hard to shake the grass out.  When that didn't work, I let go of the deadman switch, tilted the mower back to allow easier access, and right as I reached down to free the giant clump of grass the mower kicked to life for one entire stroke.  Had I been 2 seconds faster reaching in there I would be typing this with only my right hand.  Instead I learned a valuable lesson: don't ever trust a safety feature when you know a safer method.
 
2014-07-01 08:28:32 PM  

ajgeek: I'm moderately stunned that lawn mowers don't have shear pins. Not that a finger or toe would stop it, but the fact that safety features don't exist on some of these machines (I'm talking real safety features, not "let's put a symbolic strip of piss poor steel here") have an appalling lack of engineering to them.

/why yes, I believe I *could* build a better lawn mower.


And have to replace it every time you run over a stump?
 
2014-07-01 08:28:45 PM  
What a farking tease of an article.  Here I was, waiting to read about dumbassery in spades, see pics, and it's only a hypothetical.  WTFF

You know what else is dangerous?  Driving your car and going to sleep.  People do it all the time.  I'm sure it will happen this holiday weekend and I'm not even paid to write news columns.
 
2014-07-01 08:29:36 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I lost a penis that way once...don't ask.


www.triskaidekafiles.com

been done
 
2014-07-01 08:30:18 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I lost a penis that way once...don't ask.


I lost the tip of my penis to a lawn mower as well.

Will never mow the lawn in boxers again.
 
2014-07-01 08:32:03 PM  
If it's not a riding, just lift it up and let it bang on the ground a few times.  That should usually get it, unless it's REALLY high or wet.
 
2014-07-01 08:32:57 PM  
I lost my ex-wife and two of her cats this way.

/took nearly all day
 
2014-07-01 08:33:16 PM  

ajgeek: I'm moderately stunned that lawn mowers don't have shear pins. Not that a finger or toe would stop it, but the fact that safety features don't exist on some of these machines (I'm talking real safety features, not "let's put a symbolic strip of piss poor steel here") have an appalling lack of engineering to them.

/why yes, I believe I *could* build a better lawn mower.


I wondered the same thing when I hit a baseball-sized rock and broke one of the three deck mandrel housings on my riding mower recently. At first I was ticked that a shear pin hadn't saved the housing until I realized that the housing itself was the sacrificial part and that the part would only fail if presented with a sudden and absolute jam of the moving blade. Since you're not supposed to mow rocks, stumps, croquet balls, etc. I don't think there's a problem to be solved here, but let us know if you come up with that better design.

/ha. Snark.
 
2014-07-01 08:34:13 PM  

farkingismybusiness: [cdn.screenrant.com image 435x350]
I still can't figure out how to keep this from Happening.


Don't break so hard and don't keep it on auto cruise control...
 
2014-07-01 08:35:09 PM  
A safety email at work actually taught me something once, and it was about this.

If the blades get jammed up with a stick, use another stick to remove the stuck stick, even though the mower isn't running - there could be some tension built up that lets the blade leap forward when the stuck stick is removed.
 
2014-07-01 08:41:24 PM  
Paint the underside of the deck with the used motor oil at each oil change.

No clogs.

Keep the blade sharp, that makes the biggest difference.
 
2014-07-01 08:42:49 PM  
This is an outrage! When will they start putting black box warnings on lawnmowers? WHAT DOES IT TAKE?!
 
2014-07-01 08:44:01 PM  
Knew not to do that when I was 5.
 
2014-07-01 08:44:26 PM  

sporkme: Paint the underside of the deck with the used motor oil at each oil change.

No clogs.

Keep the blade sharp, that makes the biggest difference.


What is this 'Oil Change' of which you speak? I thought you let it run dry and then filled as needed?
 
2014-07-01 08:45:51 PM  
Always Remember Kids,

POWERTOOLS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS
 
2014-07-01 08:49:02 PM  

MFAWG: Mugato: ajgeek: but the fact that safety features don't exist on some of these machines (I'm talking real safety features, not "let's put a symbolic strip of piss poor steel here")

Well when you let go of the mower, the blades stop. If you need more of a safety feature than that, it's between you, Darwin and God.

Right?


The problem is idiots do things like tie the dead man switch down.  We need to make mowers safer to protect people from themselves, otherwise Darwin will win.
 
2014-07-01 08:50:10 PM  

Mugato: ajgeek: but the fact that safety features don't exist on some of these machines (I'm talking real safety features, not "let's put a symbolic strip of piss poor steel here")

Well when you let go of the mower, the blades stop. If you need more of a safety feature than that, it's between you, Darwin and God.


That's a bingo.
 
2014-07-01 08:51:15 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Of course, that's for push mowers. If you're trying to clear a riding mower without turning it off... What the fark are you thinking?


My mower shuts off when you rise up out of the seat.  It also shuts down if you put it in reverse with the blade engaged.  Don't know about other mowers.
 
2014-07-01 08:51:56 PM  

brap: Sin_City_Superhero: I lost a penis that way once...don't ask.

I hear you.  My penis also had to be surgically removed because my urethra was terminally clogged with grass.

It's the price we pay as sod fetishists.


Grass in your... No wonder your banned from greenhouses and gardening stores.
 
2014-07-01 08:59:46 PM  
How far can I safely stick my arm in there?

i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-07-01 09:01:09 PM  
I always kill it by releasing the dead man's handle, the old style that didn't have this if the throttle didn't kill it there was the old trusty pull the plug wire and if the rubber boot was missing make sure you had a stick handy. My newest one, a poulan with the power drive (makes pushing up a hill so much easier) was the first time I had seen one with the port for a garden house. Turn on the water and run the mower.

/somebody stole it though so I have to borrow an older model that you have to pull the plug on
 
2014-07-01 09:02:07 PM  

pedobearapproved: Sin_City_Superhero: I lost a penis that way once...don't ask.

[www.triskaidekafiles.com image 480x268]

been done


That was the first thing I thought of.
 
2014-07-01 09:03:03 PM  

sporkme: Paint the underside of the deck with the used motor oil at each oil change.

No clogs.

Keep the blade sharp, that makes the biggest difference.


This would not have helped the time someone left half a bicycle brake complete with cable in my lawn. It had time to wind itself tight around the blade and shaft before the engine stopped. It was a real biatch to remove, too.

Always pull the plug when working near the blade. Always.


MFAWG: sporkme: Paint the underside of the deck with the used motor oil at each oil change.

No clogs.

Keep the blade sharp, that makes the biggest difference.

What is this 'Oil Change' of which you speak? I thought you let it run dry and then filled as needed?


I'm pretty sure my lawnmower and snowblower are the only ones in my neighbourhood that always run on synthetic oil. My Suzuki DR650 takes 2,3 liters of oil, which I change twice a year. An oil change leaves me with 700ml leftover from a 1L container. Perfect for the blower or mower, depending on the season, which each take about 600ml. Pull starting them is really easy. Even my 10 year old Wal-Mart mower never fails to start on the first pull.
 
2014-07-01 09:03:31 PM  

skinink: "This just in: clearing clogged grass from doing anything other than cutting grass with a running lawnmower is a bad idea"
There has to be some kind of crossover between people who would mess with running lawnmowers and people who think "the gun they are handling is unloaded".


When will The Government do something to save us from Glock assault mowers?
 
2014-07-01 09:04:50 PM  
www.colinfahey.com
 
2014-07-01 09:05:55 PM  

Gaseous Anomaly: A safety email at work actually taught me something once, and it was about this.

If the blades get jammed up with a stick, use another stick to remove the stuck stick, even though the mower isn't running - there could be some tension built up that lets the blade leap forward when the stuck stick is removed.


So if the stock stack is stuck, stick stick in stuck stack to unstick?

(Signed)

Robert Stack

(Just saw him last night in a pedestrian documentary on the Lucchese family. Unsteady on his feet, wobbling a bit. As he hobbled toward the camera, staring with that patented Robert Stack-stare, it trucked [not zoomed] back, like it was recoiling from him. Weird effect.)

(Nagguh's dead. - Richard Pryor)

/ stickage: motorcycle term, bad forks
 
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