ArkAngel: Friend of mine did that. Lost two and a half fingers. He managed to get to of them put back on.
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.
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")
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.
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.
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.
Sin_City_Superhero: I lost a penis that way once...don't ask.
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.
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.
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