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Flipped my riding mower end over end #4501607
08/29/17 07:09 PM
08/29/17 07:09 PM
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Flaherty, KY
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Like the title might suggest, it was pure stupidity on my part. Mower is a late 90's John Deere GX85 rear engine mower I got from a late ex-coworker's estate sale. I've owned it about 5 years now, but lately have actually had a decent sized lawn to mow with it (approx 1.5 acres).

I have fairly hilly terrain, not too bad for the mower, but the edge of my property goes up a steep bank where it meets the road in front. My string trimmer died, so I could no longer weed-whack that area, so I thought to try it with the mower. It did surprisingly well--- one half I could do sideways by putting my weight on side of the mower facing the hill. Worked fine, but the other half, one tire would just spin (I had to use all my weight on one side to keep the thing from tipping), so I had to go about it by mowing UP the steep hill. That worked great for about 2/3 of that section until the tires started spinning again before the mower crested the bank and reached the road. Rear engine mowers are surprisingly stable I found out... until I stupidly put my weight over the rear tires in an attempt to give them more grip. It worked great until physics took over and sent me and the mower flying backwards, the mower tipping literally front end over back-end. Luckily I went one way, the mower the other. Think I was banged up more than the mower, because my tailbone hurt for a few days, the mower (after choking itself out with oil) started right back up and drove me back to the house. It didn't even break any of the cheap plastic, which was already well worn, being a 20+ year old mower.

I bought a new string trimmer not long after. Curious to see what stupid things you all have done on mowers. I'm fairly sure I'm not the only one who's learned a lesson riding one.

Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4501610
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Glad to see you are OK. I guess the blades kept turning until the engine stopped?


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Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4501614
08/29/17 07:15 PM
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My son once pulled a drunk guy and his mower out of a pond .

Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4501616
08/29/17 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted By: 92saturnsl2
Curious to see what stupid things you all have done on mowers.


Oh lord, good thing you're ok. Whew!

My brother put the snowblower gas/oil mixture into a newer Craftsman lawnmower. It ran fine but I would smell like a gas/oil mix every time I used it. Straight to the shower after mowing.

Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: tig1] #4501617
08/29/17 07:18 PM
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Flaherty, KY
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Originally Posted By: tig1
Glad to see you are OK. I guess the blades kept turning until the engine stopped?


The dead man's switch on the seat was defeated long ago-- the wiring was a mess when I got it, the PO half repaired it (unreliable) and I finished the job without the safety stuff. I knew that going in though, and I'm the only one that rides it. It's a mower that has no resale value too, so I'm okay with it. If I kill myself on it, it's my own fault. I had a plan if I flipped it and it worked-- jump to the side opposite the mower. The engine oil flooding it killed it just as fast as a safety switch, this time.

Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4501618
08/29/17 07:18 PM
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That way of flipping over is called a pitchpole. Good to hear you were not seriously injured.


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Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4501633
08/29/17 07:35 PM
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Had our big mower collapse the ramp while loading on a trailer. It landed on top of me but only pinned me. Had to tell the local F&R how to hook it up to extricate myself with my tow strap. Plenty of them knew how to use the skid steer already. Broke the arm rest. Trailer now has heavy attached ramps.



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Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4501638
08/29/17 07:40 PM
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Glad you're OK! Couldn't help but chuckle at the thought of a dude going arse over tea kettle with a rear engine rider though. Sorry! I've come close myself with a riding mower or two. Lots of hills and big ravines in my area. I'm a real wimp anymore and steer clear. I've had to help my FIL tow strap his riding mowers out a few times over the years.

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Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4501642
08/29/17 07:43 PM
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Pulled broke down mower behind an atv doing maybe 35-40mph on a side street. My buddy who was on the mower hit the gear shift with his knee. It went into gear broke the nylon rope we were using as a tow strap and skidded into the ditch.

Went down a very steep old sawdust pile on a mower with the deck taken off.

The list goes on and on! I've done many stupid things on mowers. Could pick them up for either free or next to it when I was in high school. Kind of like an atv for poor kids.

Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: cb_13] #4501650
08/29/17 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted By: cb_13
Kind of like an atv for poor kids.


Haha, sorta like this? I'd like to think I make a decent living, but I realize with four kids in the house, I'm gonna be poor until one or more are out of it! That little 13.5hp Briggs and Stratton on the mower can get out of its own way though without the mower deck engaged. Makes for fun riding.


Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: PimTac] #4501688
08/29/17 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted By: PimTac
That way of flipping over is called a pitchpole. Good to hear you were not seriously injured.


The term "pitchpole" is a nautical one and refers to the same maneuver with a sailboat, in which the boat turns over bow first with the stern following. This hopefully continues until the boat is again right side up and those not washed away have to hope that it hasn't been dismasted in the process, or they're probably no more than dead man still breathing.
Never been there and hope never to be, but since I've never sailed the open ocean and don't even have a sailboat ATM I probably have little to worry about.
The accident the OP experienced with his mower would typically be called an endo, meaning end over end.
Glad to hear that the OP suffered injuries only to his pride. This could have been bad.


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Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: fdcg27] #4501700
08/29/17 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Originally Posted By: PimTac
That way of flipping over is called a pitchpole. Good to hear you were not seriously injured.


The term "pitchpole" is a nautical one and refers to the same maneuver with a sailboat, in which the boat turns over bow first with the stern following. This hopefully continues until the boat is again right side up and that it hasn't been dismasted in the process.
Never been there and hope never to be, but since I've never sailed the open ocean and don't even have a sailboat ATM I probably have little to worry about.
The accident the OP experienced with his mower would typically be called an endo, meaning end over end.
Glad to hear that the OP suffered injuries only to his pride. This could have been bad.




Thankfully I have never done that either though I did "dip the stick" on a CG 44 footer once. That was enough. That's why I used the nautical term. The main thing is that he is okay. That's a lot of weight flipping over.


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Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: PimTac] #4501710
08/29/17 08:33 PM
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When you say dip the stick, do you mean in pitch or in roll?
I've put masts in the water in roll and while a little scary it isn't all that awful although also not good.
In pitch, it would be a real bad scene.


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Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: fdcg27] #4501720
08/29/17 08:38 PM
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On the roll. We try not to do that but sometimes stuff happens. Going the other way is very bad news, especially if you have exposed crew.


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Re: Flipped my riding mower end over end [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4501827
08/29/17 10:14 PM
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I had a new trailer built where the ramp is a bit steeper than my liking, so I back up it with one of my mowers because it weighs 725 pounds and only about 100 pounds is up front.


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