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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
 
2014-07-01 09:07:20 PM  

whatdoyouexpect: This is an outrage! When will they start putting black box warnings on lawnmowers? WHAT DOES IT TAKE?!


"This lawnmower may contain peanuts or traces of peanuts"
 
2014-07-01 09:07:52 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Also: don't push too hard on branches when feeding a wood-chipper.

I lost my head and half of my spine that way.


www.constantineintokyo.com
 
2014-07-01 09:08:14 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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.


Darwin needs to win in circumstances like that and similar. Self resolving problems are the best.
 
2014-07-01 09:08:31 PM  

Herb Utsmelz: 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.


Those things are easy to fix. Hell, I got my rider to cut while in reverse.


//likes to tease Darwin
 
2014-07-01 09:10:17 PM  
Seriously? How farking stupid do you have to be that you need to be told this?
 
2014-07-01 09:10:25 PM  

ArkAngel: Friend of mine did that. Lost two and a half fingers. He managed to get to of them put back on.


Said his wife "Oh no! The whole finger?"
To which he replied, "No, thank goodness, the one next to it."
 
2014-07-01 09:11:26 PM  
This Saturday is one of my favorite schadenfreude days: the day when I get to read about all the dumbshiats who injured themselves with fireworks.
 
2014-07-01 09:13:07 PM  
"Boy, I hate it when that happens."
 
2014-07-01 09:15:01 PM  
My dad's John Deere rider has a hose connector built into the deck. Presumably you're meant to run the water and blades at the same time.
 
2014-07-01 09:15:48 PM  
with 5 kids you learn fast
after the first 4 got hurt trying to clear the clogs the little fast one did the trick,
and i have been using him sense.
family motto is  "wait i think i can do it better".
 
2014-07-01 09:18:47 PM  
i would coat the bottom with wd40 and then moved on to pam spray
the girlfriend hated the fact we used an off brand for cooking for cooking
 and the mower was eating better than us
 
2014-07-01 09:21:36 PM  
BBC for the win!
 
2014-07-01 09:26:44 PM  

abhorrent1: Seriously? How farking stupid do you have to be that you need to be told this?


The country re-elected both Bush and Obama.  Think on that for a bit
 
2014-07-01 09:28:36 PM  

Jeng: 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.


Greenworks 40 volt with the trimmer and blower so I have three batteries and two chargers.

Still getting used to how quiet the damm thing is.

And how the neighbor kids all want to push it.

Hmmm...maybe I can work that to my advantage.
 
2014-07-01 09:29:59 PM  

itsaidwhat: ArkAngel: Friend of mine did that. Lost two and a half fingers. He managed to get to of them put back on.

Said his wife "Oh no! The whole finger?"
To which he replied, "No, thank goodness, the one next to it."


I read so many threads on Fark that are nothing but libtard rants, homo lovefest 'group hug' stories, and of course the daily 'my life revolves around my right to get high' that I sometimes wonder why I come here.

Then I read a stupid joke like this and my faith is restored. I lol'd too much.

/yes, I'm a simple man and easily amused.
 
2014-07-01 09:30:32 PM  

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


Check the medicine cabinet.  Sometimes that's where I leave mine.
 
2014-07-01 09:30:34 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.


I never tie down the switch. Just bad news all around, especially with my overly curious 4 year old.

The strip of metal I'm talking about is on push mowers around the clipping chute. It adds virtually nothing for structure and creates a LOT of clog problems even on half inch-1 inch mowing. It didn't take much to figure out how to mod the mower to A) be more structurally sound than it was and B) remove that stupid (rotting, might I add) strip of metal and holy crap if my push mower could actually mow a lawn!

I'd really prefer a shear pin over what passes for sacrificial parts. My 4 year old (again) thought it would be hilarious to drop a chunk of metal in the yard he found in the woods with his big brother. Now you may or may not have seen 50 year old woods metal, but I can tell you that it blends in *VERY* well with grass. Blade hit it, stopped very hard and oil started pouring out the side where oil shouldn't be coming out. Bent the arbor several degrees and cracked the engine block. To say I was furious is an understatement.
 
2014-07-01 09:31:23 PM  
sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
 
2014-07-01 09:31:25 PM  
I'm in the process of building a worse lawnmower. (double reel electric robot that comes out at night)
 
2014-07-01 09:31:52 PM  

Al!: 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.


Not to be too pedantic, but wouldn't a deadman's switch start the mower when released?
 
2014-07-01 09:34:42 PM  

buckler: Al!: 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.

Not to be too pedantic, but wouldn't a deadman's switch start the mower when released?



3.bp.blogspot.com

"Switches can be used to turn things on and/or off."
 
2014-07-01 09:42:13 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: abhorrent1: Seriously? How farking stupid do you have to be that you need to be told this?

The country re-elected both Bush and Obama.  Think on that for a bit


In fairness, Bush the 2nd was really only elected once...
 
2014-07-01 09:42:18 PM  

farkingismybusiness


[pic of fat redneck holding a push mower on a stick]

Clogged grass is a bad idea, but what about hedges?


So he's wrapped plastic (or duct tape?) around the fins of an air-cooled engine. Interesting.


That's not the biggest fail in the picture, just the one I felt compelled to mention.
 
2014-07-01 09:42:48 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: buckler: Al!: 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.

Not to be too pedantic, but wouldn't a deadman's switch start the mower when released?


[3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x150]

"Switches can be used to turn things on and/or off."


Deadmans' switches typically allow current to run when the switch is released.
 
2014-07-01 09:44:19 PM  
I haven't mowed my own lawn (2 different houses) in 20 years.... there are people I pay to risk their own fingers.
 
2014-07-01 09:49:44 PM  

buckler: ArcadianRefugee: buckler: Al!: 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.

Not to be too pedantic, but wouldn't a deadman's switch start the mower when released?


[3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x150]

"Switches can be used to turn things on and/or off."

Deadmans' switches typically allow current to run when the switch is released.


A deadman switch is a normally open momentary switch that breaks the ignition circuit when released, except where a magneto ignition is in use, in which case it is a normally closed switch that grounds the mag. Sometimes they use a no/nc switch to cut out the starter circuit, in which case you are the best kind of correct.
 
2014-07-01 09:54:27 PM  

ArkAngel: Friend of mine did that. Lost two and a half fingers. He managed to get to of them put back on.


Did you type that with to fingers?
 
2014-07-01 09:54:55 PM  

sporkme: buckler: ArcadianRefugee: buckler: Al!: 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.

Not to be too pedantic, but wouldn't a deadman's switch start the mower when released?


[3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x150]

"Switches can be used to turn things on and/or off."

Deadmans' switches typically allow current to run when the switch is released.

A deadman switch is a normally open momentary switch that breaks the ignition circuit when released, except where a magneto ignition is in use, in which case it is a normally closed switch that grounds the mag. Sometimes they use a no/nc switch to cut out the starter circuit, in which case you are the best kind of correct.


Okey-dokey, then. I'm accustomed to hearing it in the context of explosives. :D

Color me "Technically-correct", then.
 
2014-07-01 09:55:02 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: farkingismybusiness

[pic of fat redneck holding a push mower on a stick]

Clogged grass is a bad idea, but what about hedges?


So he's wrapped plastic (or duct tape?) around the fins of an air-cooled engine. Interesting.


That's not the biggest fail in the picture, just the one I felt compelled to mention.


i1.ytimg.com
At least it's safer than his other method.
 
2014-07-01 10:00:09 PM  
And people wonder why I am so arrogant and act like I'm so darned smart around them?!

It's because I'm surrounded by stupid people who barely earn the right to be called advanced primates, and sometimes I feel like a rocket scientist trapped in a room full of gibbons.
 
2014-07-01 10:00:42 PM  
manuals.deere.com
manuals.deere.com

manuals.deere.com

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2014-07-01 10:02:07 PM  
No mention of pulling a push mower up a hill????  Have an uncle who lost some toes pulling a mower over his foot.
 
2014-07-01 10:06:03 PM  

farkingismybusiness


[pic of fat redneck swinging a chain saw on a rope]

At least it's safer than his other method.


*boggle*

That's just... wow.
 
2014-07-01 10:19:07 PM  
My grandpa lost 3 fingers to a lawn mower.  July 24, 1978.  I know the date because that's also the night my sister was born.  He ran in to my parents at the hospital and that's how we learned about it.
 
2014-07-01 10:20:44 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: farkingismybusiness

[pic of fat redneck swinging a chain saw on a rope]

At least it's safer than his other method.


*boggle*

That's just... wow.


I am sure before he did that he asked someone to hold his beer.
 
2014-07-01 10:29:42 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.


Exactly! Once you let go of the handle, its perfectly safe to jam your fingers in there. That's how all lawn mowers work! I have no clue how anyone manages to hurt themselves.

// warning: Do not take safety advice from people named after Monty Python sketches
 
2014-07-01 10:32:32 PM  

farkingismybusiness: At least it's safer than his other method.


But I don't see the other guy holding his beer...
 
2014-07-01 10:33:16 PM  

ajgeek: 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.

I never tie down the switch. Just bad news all around, especially with my overly curious 4 year old.

The strip of metal I'm talking about is on push mowers around the clipping chute. It adds virtually nothing for structure and creates a LOT of clog problems even on half inch-1 inch mowing. It didn't take much to figure out how to mod the mower to A) be more structurally sound than it was and B) remove that stupid (rotting, might I add) strip of metal and holy crap if my push mower could actually mow a lawn!

I'd really prefer a shear pin over what passes for sacrificial parts. My 4 year old (again) thought it would be hilarious to drop a chunk of metal in the yard he found in the woods with his big brother. Now you may or may not have seen 50 year old woods metal, but I can tell you that it blends in *VERY* well with grass. Blade hit it, stopped very hard and oil started pouring out the side where oil shouldn't be coming out. Bent the arbor several degrees and cracked the engine block. To say I was furious is an understatement.


There's no reason for a shear pin.  All it would do is cause problems.  Even a medium sized stick is stiffer than a finger.  Given the speed of the blade, there's no way it wouldn't just chop off your finger even if it tripped the shear pin.

On another note speaking of shear pins and blades, I own what most people would probably consider a commercial mower.  I have about 4 acres of grass to mow.  I own a 24HP diesel Kubota tractor.  The kind with 3 point hitch, pto, loader attachment, etc.  It has a 60 inch mower deck (yes underneath not pull behind).  This thing is shaft driven off the pto.  Well let's just say it has some power.  I can mow at 10 mph, i can mow with standing water in the grass, i can mow knee high grass.  The torque on this machine is very nice.  Well I've stopped it dead a couple times.  Once tangled in barbed wire.  That was fun.

But one thing that apparently DID NOT STOP THE MACHINE was when one of my kids apparently mowed over an aluminum baseball bat.  YEP.  Cut the end off it and put about a 30 degree bow in it and it had several gashes right through the metal.  I didn't find it until weeks later and none of my kids said they noticed it when they ran it over.  How do you not notice a baseball bat getting chewed up and spit out?  One has a bad habit of wearing ear buds/iTunes when mowing.  Guessing with music blaring they never noticed the insane banging and vibration when it ran over the bat.

Oh and yes you can get off the machine with the mower blades running.  No idea why.  You can't drive forward or backward when off the machine (it kills the engine) so there's safety locks, just not on the mower.
 
2014-07-01 10:33:31 PM  
I cut off the tip of my index finger this way. Luckily my dad was able to get a cosmetic surgeon to sew it back on. Lost a bit of bone, so it's a little shorter, but looks pretty normal.

I was 13. Old pull-start gas mower in the 70s. Man that hurt. It was strange going to school on codeine for a while afterwards.
 
2014-07-01 10:35:41 PM  
The perfect mower

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-01 10:36:53 PM  

studebaker hoch: img.fark.net


Sadly, this happened kinda near where I live.
 
2014-07-01 10:37:50 PM  
Goodammit to hell.

THIS

img.fark.net

is the sad thing that happened.

Now I'm laughing and talking about a kid run over by a lawn mower.

Aw, shiat.
 
2014-07-01 10:39:57 PM  

BluVeinThrobber: The perfect mower

[img.fark.net image 203x248]


But there's no height adjustment.
 
2014-07-01 10:40:29 PM  
I got my third degree black belt by picking grass out of a running mower. Thank you Bruce Lee!
 
2014-07-01 10:41:46 PM  

BluVeinThrobber: The perfect mower

[img.fark.net image 203x248]


it might be perfect but do you know how many dicks have been lost to one???
 
2014-07-01 10:43:57 PM  

brandent: How do you not notice a baseball bat getting chewed up and spit out?


I'll share my mowing CSB from when I was a kid (30ish years ago), and managed to use a mower to destroy its own gas tank.

Using an ordinary push-mower to mow an acre or so of a 5-acre field. I'm going along the edge, which is pretty rough (ditches and such). Watching the side, I fail to notice the plastic gas tank fall off of the front of the mower. I run over it, thinking it's just another rough patch. The engine keeps running for a short time, on the gas in the carburetor.

The mower's blade cut off a corner of the tank, rendering the tank useless for its intended purpose. My dad was not amused.
 
2014-07-01 10:44:04 PM  
I have an electric mower. Just let go of the handle, no gas, no problems.
 
2014-07-01 10:45:20 PM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: It's a mistake you can only make twice... OK maybe four times.


I bet prosthetic wooden peg appendages would let you continue indefinitely.
 
2014-07-01 10:47:02 PM  
My uncle ran over a length of old wire that was in the tall grass. It whipped around, hit his leg above the ankle, and wrapped around it so tight that it went clear to the bone. That story made me extra careful about looking at what was in my path. Apparently not careful enough to keep from sticking my finger in the chute though.
 
2014-07-01 10:47:09 PM  

WTP 2: BluVeinThrobber: The perfect mower

[img.fark.net image 203x248]

it might be perfect but do you know how many dicks have been lost to one???


I'm guessing yours?
 
2014-07-01 10:47:43 PM  
Do modern mowers really have a deadman's switch that shuts down the mower? I'll have to check that out sometimes.
 
2014-07-01 10:49:51 PM  
Ran over a plastic tarp with a 54 inch deck. It two hours  with a box knife to get it out of the blades
 
2014-07-01 11:01:24 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...Unstick a stuck stick by sticking it with nonstuck sticks?
 
2014-07-01 11:07:51 PM  
My dad once accidentally ran over a litter of baby rabbits with a lawnmower. Gory, disturbing.

/csb
 
2014-07-01 11:14:10 PM  

The Larch: Do modern mowers really have a deadman's switch that shuts down the mower? I'll have to check that out sometimes.


It's Federal requirement. Page down to section 1205.5
 
2014-07-01 11:14:37 PM  
Oooooohhhhh.........
 
2014-07-01 11:15:11 PM  
Why in the hell anyone would put their fingers anywhere near a mower blade without it being off for several days is beyond me.  If your mower gets clogged with a bunch of grass, USE A STICK TO CLEAR IT OUT.  A) You only risk the stick, not your fingers, and B) a stick is better at scraping the mulched up grass off the walls of the mower than your finger could ever be.

Gas mowers can suddenly start up on their own for a few more strokes, even minutes after you let go of their safety bar, and electric mowers can have capacitors that can store a bit of charge, even if you unplug them/remove the battery.

Use a farking stick.
 
2014-07-01 11:16:26 PM  

BluVeinThrobber: The perfect mower

[img.fark.net image 203x248]


Can still bite your fingers off.
 
2014-07-01 11:19:31 PM  

moeburn: BluVeinThrobber: The perfect mower

[img.fark.net image 203x248]

Can still bite your fingers off.


Why would you have your fingers in his mouth?
 
2014-07-01 11:20:30 PM  

BluVeinThrobber: moeburn: BluVeinThrobber: The perfect mower

[img.fark.net image 203x248]

Can still bite your fingers off.

Why would you have your fingers in his mouth?


There is also the guy upthread who was talking about losing another appendage.
 
2014-07-01 11:22:24 PM  

sporkme: BluVeinThrobber: moeburn: BluVeinThrobber: The perfect mower

[img.fark.net image 203x248]

Can still bite your fingers off.

Why would you have your fingers in his mouth?

There is also the guy upthread who was talking about losing another appendage.


38.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-01 11:24:24 PM  

sporkme: BluVeinThrobber: moeburn: BluVeinThrobber: The perfect mower

[img.fark.net image 203x248]

Can still bite your fingers off.

Why would you have your fingers in his mouth?

There is also the guy upthread who was talking about losing another appendage.


He was at the wrong end
 
gja
2014-07-01 11:53:14 PM  

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


Just "A" penis? You had more than 1 at the time?
"Superhero" indeed. I need to get to LV and do a titty-bar crawl with you, you madman!
 
2014-07-01 11:59:17 PM  
No love for Steve Hemingsen?


Some things are too obscure for fark.
 
2014-07-02 12:08:57 AM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: farkingismybusiness: At least it's safer than his other method.

But I don't see the other guy holding his beer...


He's using his free hand to hold the camera.
 
2014-07-02 12:16:00 AM  

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

Just "A" penis? You had more than 1 at the time?
"Superhero" indeed. I need to get to LV and do a titty-bar crawl with you, you madman!


What part of "don't ask" did you not comprehend?
 
2014-07-02 12:23:41 AM  
My ma lost the tips of two fingers clearing a clog. as others have said even if the machine is off it can still kick back for a few strokes after the blockage is removed
 
2014-07-02 12:30:06 AM  

vernonFL: This goes for snowblowers in the winter too.


The ERs have had more than one repeat customer who cleared the snow blower again with his remaining fingers.
 
2014-07-02 12:51:14 AM  
cannot believe this has not been posted
 
2014-07-02 01:12:28 AM  

fusillade762: Lionel Mandrake: Also: don't push too hard on branches when feeding a wood-chipper.

I lost my head and half of my spine that way.

[www.constantineintokyo.com image 850x565]


Came here for the How To Mow Your Yard On PCP guy. But I'll pay that one.^^

http://vimeo.com/40740806

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-02 01:18:31 AM  

Azz Pumper: No mention of pulling a push mower up a hill????  Have an uncle who lost some toes pulling a mower over his foot.


My fifth grade teacher's husband left the mower at the top of a hill (this was before safety was invented). When it started rolling down, he tried stopping it with his foot.

/ Didn't want it rolling into the creek at the bottom, y'know
 
2014-07-02 01:38:17 AM  

buckler: ArcadianRefugee: buckler: Al!: 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.

Not to be too pedantic, but wouldn't a deadman's switch start the mower when released?


[3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x150]

"Switches can be used to turn things on and/or off."

Deadmans' switches typically allow current to run when the switch is released.


Not usually. It's circuit dependent. A deadmans's switch is designed to stop the device when released. It usually means stopping electrical current by opening a the circuit. It could close a circuit that would actuate a relay, but I don't recall ever seeing one set up like that, and I've worked on and repaired a vast array of different machinery like tractors, backhoes, excavators, lifts, etc.

So, what you say could be true and correct, but not likely. I'm guessing you're not a mechanic by trade, nor have you done and electrical troubleshooting on any kind of machinery whatsoever.
 
2014-07-02 01:43:07 AM  

TwowheelinTim: I'm guessing you're not a mechanic by trade, nor have you done and electrical troubleshooting on any kind of machinery whatsoever.


I'll be completely forthright and honest. I have all the mechanical aptitude of Wile E. Coyote.
 
2014-07-02 01:46:37 AM  

TwowheelinTim: buckler: ArcadianRefugee: buckler: Al!: 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.

Not to be too pedantic, but wouldn't a deadman's switch start the mower when released?


[3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x150]

"Switches can be used to turn things on and/or off."

Deadmans' switches typically allow current to run when the switch is released.

Not usually. It's circuit dependent. A deadmans's switch is designed to stop the device when released. It usually means stopping electrical current by opening a the circuit. It could close a circuit that would actuate a relay, but I don't recall ever seeing one set up like that, and I've worked on and repaired a vast array of different machinery like tractor ...


Oh, and small gasoline engines usually do close a circuit to ground out the ignition.

I guess that's what was being discussed anyway right?

/slinks away...
 
Al!
2014-07-02 03:45:07 AM  

buckler: Al!: 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.

Not to be too pedantic, but wouldn't a deadman's switch start the mower when released?


Although it's been covered, specifically a deadman switch is a switch designed to operate when released, as in "dead men let go of switches."  They are on all sorts of industrial equipment, from pallet jacks and fork trucks to cranes and lifts.  Most do their action in the form of preventing action of the machine.  Explosive deadman switches, as noted, do their action in the form of making the machine (a bomb) do its action.  Their are deadman switches for explosives that operate in the traditional manner, ensuring the switch is engaged before exploding, so that inadvertent explosions can be prevented.
 
2014-07-02 04:40:53 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: This Saturday is one of my favorite schadenfreude days: the day when I get to read about all the dumbshiats who injured themselves with fireworks.


+1

Brofist.
 
2014-07-02 06:00:57 AM  

BluVeinThrobber: The perfect mower

[img.fark.net image 203x248]



My neighbors have been using this one recently.

scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net


Yeah, I'm jelly!

/ Must be goat-break time.
 
2014-07-02 07:30:31 AM  
I think I am getting too old.
When ever I see this:
www.bikinilawn.com
I think - 'She is going to get hurt the second that mower finds any foreign object.

There is a lady that does this that lives about a mile from me.
Was attractive ten years ago, but now it's a double whammy - too old to pull it off, and still unsafe.
 
2014-07-02 08:04:39 AM  

12349876: 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.


... like I like my women.
 
2014-07-02 08:23:07 AM  
I tend to let the grass go for to long (I just cut you 3 weeks ago! What do you want from me!!??), so it's too thick to mulch and I have to attach the chute. Well, really thick areas clog the chute, so I devised a method to fix this. I leave the chute off and use a screwdriver to prop the mulch/chute door open. With no chute to get bogged up in, I rarely have clogging issues. On the rare occasions it does get clogged like that, I use something brown and sticky to clear it.
 
2014-07-02 08:27:05 AM  
I find this funny, since the biggest, baddest lawn machine I get to drive is a Skag.  If it gets clogged, I don't shut it down, I just reach over and pull the side discharge up and bungee it out of the way if I hadn't already done it.  It unjams by itself, and I can't fall off, it has a seatbelt.

12349876: 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.


And this.
 
2014-07-02 08:41:12 AM  

moeburn: Why in the hell anyone would put their fingers anywhere near a mower blade without it being off for several days is beyond me.  If your mower gets clogged with a bunch of grass, USE A STICK TO CLEAR IT OUT.  A) You only risk the stick, not your fingers, and B) a stick is better at scraping the mulched up grass off the walls of the mower than your finger could ever be.

Gas mowers can suddenly start up on their own for a few more strokes, even minutes after you let go of their safety bar, and electric mowers can have capacitors that can store a bit of charge, even if you unplug them/remove the battery.

Use a farking stick.


Um, that safety bar is a brake that does not allow the motor to turn over, it cannot restart by itself unless the brake is very worn.  But if you are that scared of the machine, pull the plug wire.  You can then rotate the blade to your heart's content and never start the machine.  I don't touch electric mowers, mostly because they cost too much and can't cut my yard in the spring.  They can handle my yard in the late summer, but spring brings fast growing grass that will clog any mower with less than 5hp.
 
2014-07-02 09:27:42 AM  
Jesus cuts my grass, with help from some of his friends.
 
2014-07-02 09:29:00 AM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: Jesus cuts my grass, with help from some of his friends.


I don't own a mower, I don't store gasoline, I don't buy gasoline in cans.  I have never done that.
 
2014-07-02 10:13:47 AM  
We had a big hill in the back yard growing up and my dad set up this awesome contraption where he'd stand at the top of the hill holding ropes to pull the mower back and forth across the hill.  My mom was smart enough to make the kids and the dogs come inside the house whenever he was mowing up there.
 
2014-07-02 10:13:49 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Goodammit to hell.

THIS

[img.fark.net image 320x192]

is the sad thing that happened.

Now I'm laughing and talking about a kid run over by a lawn mower.

Aw, shiat.


studebaker hoch: [manuals.deere.com image 312x192]
[manuals.deere.com image 312x192]

[manuals.deere.com image 320x192]

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 268x188]



#3 happened to a guy/family I know.

lulz
 
2014-07-02 11:12:50 AM  
i met a guy who lost part of his foot using a lawn mower on a kind of steep slope.  he was pulling it up towards himself and his foot slipped in the wet grass and went under the mower.  he lost all of his toes except for the big toe.  it was cut at an angle from just inside the big toe back towards the heel.  it looked crazy, one big pointed goofy looking thing.  I told him he should do the other one that way, then he could climb a chain link fence like nobody's business.

csb
 
2014-07-02 11:14:56 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: This Saturday is one of my favorite schadenfreude days: the day when I get to read about all the dumbshiats who injured themselves with fireworks.


I was kinda surprised that the article-writer associates the threat of severe hand injuries sustained over an Independence Day weekend with lawnmowers...
 
2014-07-02 11:18:01 AM  

WTP 2: with 5 kids you learn fast
after the first 4 got hurt trying to clear the clogs the little fast one did the trick,
and i have been using him sense.
family motto is  "wait i think i can do it better".


Hence the 5 kids, ja?
 
2014-07-02 11:29:22 AM  

NewWorldDan: My grandpa lost 3 fingers to a lawn mower.  July 24, 1978.  I know the date because that's also the night my sister was born.  He ran in to my parents at the hospital and that's how we learned about it.


"Three Traumatic Amputations and an Episiotomy"...sounds like something Hugh Grant would star in...
 
gja
2014-07-02 11:49:07 AM  

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

Just "A" penis? You had more than 1 at the time?
"Superhero" indeed. I need to get to LV and do a titty-bar crawl with you, you madman!

What part of "don't ask" did you not comprehend?


LOL. Thanks for a good laugh in a rough workday.
 
2014-07-02 01:33:01 PM  
www.gamefabrique.com
 
2014-07-02 01:35:27 PM  
colon_pow:
I told him he should do the other one that way, then he could climb a chain link fence like nobody's business.

This made my day.  Thanks!  Everybody at the shop laughed their asses off.
 
2014-07-02 01:55:14 PM  

sporkme: colon_pow:
I told him he should do the other one that way, then he could climb a chain link fence like nobody's business.

This made my day.  Thanks!  Everybody at the shop laughed their asses off.


I met the dude in the joint so going over fences was something that often thought about.
 
Al!
2014-07-02 05:54:20 PM  

MBrady: Al!: 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.

Actually safety advocates say that you should pull the spark plug cap to make sure the mower (or snowblower) won't start up.


What exactly did you think I meant when I said the mower needed to be "disarmed" and that I knew a safer method than relying on the deadman switch?

Before you answer: I meant ALWAYS DISCONNECT THE SPARKPLUG BEFORE SERVICING A LAWNMOWER.  ALWAYS.
 
2014-07-02 06:31:06 PM  

Al!: MBrady: Al!: 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.

Actually safety advocates say that you should pull the spark plug cap to make sure the mower (or snowblower) won't start up.

What exactly did you think I meant when I said the mower needed to be "disarmed" and that I knew a safer method than relying on the deadman switch?

Before you answer: I meant ALWAYS DISCONNECT THE SPARKPLUG BEFORE SERVICING A LAWNMOWER.  ALWAYS.


You'll have to forgive my ignorance, but what benefit do you get from disconnecting the sparkplug?

Do gas lawn mowers still use magnetos?
 
Al!
2014-07-02 08:49:54 PM  

The Larch: Al!: MBrady: Al!: 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.

Actually safety advocates say that you should pull the spark plug cap to make sure the mower (or snowblower) won't start up.

What exactly did you think I meant when I said the mower needed to be "disarmed" and that I knew a safer method than relying on the deadman switch?

Before you answer: I meant ALWAYS DISCONNECT THE SPARKPLUG BEFORE SERVICING A LAWNMOWER.  ALWAYS.

You'll have to forgive my ignorance, but what benefit do you get from disconnecting the sparkplug?

Do gas lawn mowers still use magnetos?


I think, by the nature of the system, they would have to use a magneto.  They don't have a battery and they aren't connected to an electrical power source, so the only other way for the sparkplug to achieve the spark needed to ignite the fuel to start the mower would be for a PMG to be connected somehow to the rotating mechanism of the mower.

I don't know for sure, and I'm not going to look it up, but I would imagine they would have to.
 
2014-07-02 09:19:07 PM  

Al!


I think, by the nature of the system, they would have to use a magneto. They don't have a battery and they aren't connected to an electrical power source, so the only other way for the sparkplug to achieve the spark needed to ignite the fuel to start the mower would be for a PMG to be connected somehow to the rotating mechanism of the mower.

I don't know for sure, and I'm not going to look it up, but I would imagine they would have to.


Yes, they use a magneto. In a lot of cases the flywheel will be made of aluminum and will have a magnet embedded therein (and cast fins for moving air). If you remove the shroud - the sheet-metal cover with the pull-start rope - you'll be able to see the magnet and the other part that is stationary.
 
2014-07-02 11:27:07 PM  

12349876: 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.


That's what she said?
 
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