Sites: GlobalSpec.com | GlobalSpec Electronics | CR4 | Electronics360
Login | Register
The Engineer's Place for News and Discussion®


Appliance Technology

The Appliance Technology Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about Consumer Electronics; Medical Products; Home & Office Equipment; and Power Tools, Lawn and Garden. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Previous in Blog: Yea or Nay for Energy-saving Appliances?   Next in Blog: Lack of Sleep from Electronics Use
Close

Comments Format:






Close

Subscribe to Discussion:

CR4 allows you to "subscribe" to a discussion
so that you can be notified of new comments to
the discussion via email.

Close

Rating Vote:







5 comments

How Safe is Your Riding Lawnmower?

Posted April 01, 2011 2:40 PM

The name "Nebraska" conjures up images of crops and livestock, Big 10 football, and flat-as-a-pan farmland. But the Cornhusker State isn't just about tractors and NCAA championships. There are also companies like Exmark Manufacturing, a maker of lawn mowers. Based in Beatrice, a small city along the Big Blue River, Exmark is now the subject of a safety recall from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Late last month, Exmark voluntarily recalled its Pioneer S-Series of riding lawn mowers because of faulty welds on the motion control linkage. The failure of a weld, the CPSC explains, could "cause the driver to lose control of the machine", thus creating a "crash hazard". The lawnmower recall affects approximately 750 zero-radius units with welded and tubular steel frames. Consumers are advised to stop using their 2011 Pioneer S-Series lawnmowers immediately.

Although some parts of the United States are still struggling to escape winter, there are plenty of people thinking about starting their lawnmowers for the first time this spring. If you perform pre-season maintenance on your yard equipment, do you check the welds on your riding lawnmower? What other safety inspections would you advise?

Source: CPSC and Wiki

Reply

Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be "almost" Good Answers:

Check out these comments that don't yet have enough votes to be "official" good answers and, if you agree with them, rate them!
Associate

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 41
Good Answers: 3
#1

Re: How Safe is Your Riding Lawnmower?

04/02/2011 8:11 AM

When I buy a new mower, with all its modern safety features, I immediately disconnect all the safety interlocks, remove most of the guards to make adjustment easier, install a cup holder and go mowing...I've still got most of my fingers and toes...

They can make things as idiot proof as they want, nature will come up with a better idiot...

__________________
Finish your beer! There are sober kids in Africa!
Reply Score 1 for Good Answer
Guru
Hobbies - Target Shooting - New Member Hobbies - Fishing - New Member

Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1048
Good Answers: 12
#2
In reply to #1

Re: How Safe is Your Riding Lawnmower?

04/03/2011 8:25 PM

I hope your luck continues and you do not lose any of your fine faculties or body parts. I am glad that the engine stops when I fall off the mower. Did that a couple times, years ago, when I was learning how to use a riding mower. Took off in the fast gear twice. Ran up on a hedge once.I would rather be annoyed than chop my feet off and bleed to death. Just me.

Reply
Guru

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Izmir, Turkey
Posts: 2331
Good Answers: 32
#5
In reply to #2

Re: How Safe is Your Riding Lawnmower?

05/16/2011 12:08 PM

Learning how to use a riding mower? Fell off?

Maybe one should try simply driving the thing around for a bit prior to engaging the blades?

Having grown up on a farm - back in the 50's this topic seems a bit fuzzy headed to me.

Reply
Guru
Hobbies - CNC - New Member Hobbies - DIY Welding - New Member Engineering Fields - Electromechanical Engineering - New Member

Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 10777
Good Answers: 134
#3
In reply to #1

Re: How Safe is Your Riding Lawnmower?

04/04/2011 8:50 AM

Statistics of injuries is still pretty high to warrant safety devices

Accidents with kids on lawnmowers is rather high.

No different than farm equipment.

It's unfortunate that the people that do what you do may be the first to contact an attorney when an accident occurs.

__________________
phoenix911
Reply
Guru
Hobbies - Fishing - New Member

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Raleigh, NC USA
Posts: 12779
Good Answers: 419
#4

Re: How Safe is Your Riding Lawnmower?

04/04/2011 9:31 AM

The biggest hazard with my riding mower is my 4 year old daughter. Her new favorite hobby is to find rocks the size of baseballs and hide them all over the yard. I don't dare even engage my blades until I walk the entire acre and pick them up.

Even then, there will be more coming in between cuts.

__________________
If you expect what you've learned to outlive you............give it away.
Reply
Reply to Blog Entry 5 comments
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be "almost" Good Answers:

Check out these comments that don't yet have enough votes to be "official" good answers and, if you agree with them, rate them!
Copy to Clipboard

Users who posted comments:

kramarat (1); phoenix911 (1); rockbit (1); ronwagn (1); russ123 (1)

Previous in Blog: Yea or Nay for Energy-saving Appliances?   Next in Blog: Lack of Sleep from Electronics Use
You might be interested in: Landscape Services, Earth Moving and Landscaping Machines, Equipment Rental and Leasing Services