Surely you have realized too, how crazy fast the grass is growing these last few weeks. Whether you are mowing a yard or clipping with a tractor, objects thrown out from under this equipment can be dangerous.
Objects on the ground (for example - toys, rocks, debris, etc.) can become projectiles when struck by cutting blades. These objects can travel up to 200 miles per hour after leaving the discharge chute on a lawn mower. These projectiles can cause property damage or serious injuries to people in the area.
Discharge chutes and openings are equipped with a protective guard or deflector to stop objects from becoming projectiles. This could be the plastic flap or metal plate on a lawn mower or a set of chains on tractor’s rotary cutter. However, for any type of deflector to be effective, it must remain in the correct position and be maintained in good condition.
Routine daily, monthly, and yearly maintenance procedures will keep your equipment in top condition and can help you increase your productivity, while also decreasing any risks of injuries or property damage.
A common, dangerous practice on a lawn mower is tying up the deflector to increase grass flow from a mower’s chute; this defeats the purpose of reducing a thrown projectile’s speed. While objects will still be thrown out of a discharge, it will reduce the distance that object it will travel. This could mean the difference in hitting a person or building’s window or not.
Follow these tips to avoid injury and property damage while mowing.