It is important to remember that ride on mowers can be dangerous if you aren’t aware of the appropriate precautions or if they are used incorrectly. Whilst we certainly recommend reading your owner’s manual before getting into the driver’s seat for the first time, we also wanted to share some general safety tips with you so that you know what to look out for.
- Never tamper with any of the accompanying safety devices, and make sure that you regularly check them for correct operation.
- Never put your hands or feet underneath the mower; avoid putting them anywhere near the underside as much a possible.
- Never give children rides on the machine, even if the blades are not engaged, as it may encourage them to enter the mowing area without your knowledge (resulting in serious injury).
- Avoid mowing with the machine in reverse unless absolutely necessary; this applies to all makes and models.
- Remember that you can be seriously injured or even killed if you attempt to drive on too steep an incline or hill.
- Avoid having bystanders too close to the mowing area; the blades spin very fast and can pick up or throw debris in their direction, which can cause serious injury or even death.
- Make sure that you have thoroughly cleaned up the mowing area before starting, as this will ensure rocks and toys are removed.
- Always allow the blades to stop spinning completely before leaving the driver’s seat (just to be sure nothing goes wrong).
- Never smoke when filling your tank with petrol and keep the ride on mower away from open flames, sparks and pilot lights.
- Always disengage the blades when crossing a sidewalk or driveway; this will avoid damage and accidents.
- Wipe up any petrol spills immediately and move the machine away from the area before attempting to start it.
- Never remove the fuel cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow the engine to cool before refueling.
- Never attempt to raise or repair the machine with the engine running; we also recommend taking your mower to a professional for repairs to ensure that the problem is fixed properly.
- Always wear heavy-duty shoes with a non-slip sole, long pants and eye protection (such as safety glasses) when mowing.
- Always mow up and down an incline with a traditional ride on, as this will help to prevent the occurrence of rollovers.
- Never adjust the height of your deck, clean out the grass chute or remove the grass catcher with the engine still running.
- Always steer clear of a hot engine; mufflers are capable of reaching up to 648 degrees Celsius, which will cause serious burns.