Zero Turn Lawn Mowers
Zero turn mowers are mowers that turn rapidly on a “0-radius,” saving both time and providing a professionally detailed and productive cut for both residential and commercial lawnmower users. One factor that many do not consider on 0-radius mowers is that of safety. If you own one, or believe that you someday might, read onward about safety issues you should consider and keep in mind with each use.
Companies of zero radius machines want to provide you with plenty of power and speed.
This power, efficiency and speed come at a cost. The most dangerous problem on a radius mower is that of speeding. Speeding increases the chances of a rollover and therefore the chance of personal injury. The problem seems to be that these mowers are high off the ground and have much of their weight in either the front or back, which throws off the center of gravity.
Another safety concern with zero radius units is that people aren’t properly trained to use them. Anyone can buy one and away they go. Any material you receive with your purchase, you should use and read thoroughly. Some companies even have videos available. Be sure to stay away from dangerous slopes and hills. And, be sure not to get too close to trees and areas of high water. Simply because you feel you have the power to maneuver around almost anything, doesn’t mean you possess the ability necessary to safely operate the machine. Anyone who drives a car wouldn’t have the skills to drive in a Grand Prix—by example.
Overall, zero turn mowers are a great addition to any home or commercial lawn care plan. But, having the skills and training to properly operate one of these machines takes time. Don’t try anything out of the ordinary with these units and never speed. One of the best ideas that will prevent possible death is to install or buy a unit with a roll bar. As mentioned, 0-radius mowers are known to turn over. And, if you operate a lawn care company, be sure that your staff is well trained. If you have foreign workers working for you, then you should be especially sensitive and hire an interpreter to guide them through the safety procedures backwards and forwards.