Zero Turn Mower Safety Tips

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Like all lawn mowers, zero turn mowers require care to prevent accidents when mowing around water, drop-offs, steep inclines and wet conditions.  Prepare for the mowing season by remembering these helpful safety tips:

  • Read and understand the operator’s manual before operation. The manual provides important maintenance and safety information.
  • Do not operate the mower when people, especially children and animals, are in the area.
  • Allow plenty of safe clearance in the vicinity of drop-offs like retaining walls, culverts and ditches.
  • Do not mow on unstable ground or slopes greater than 15 degrees.
  • Be alert and use caution when making turns — keep movements deliberate and steady.
  • Make certain safety devices are working properly, and never bypass or remove any safety equipment.
  • Be aware of the importance of keeping the rollover protection system — or ROPS — bar (if equipped) in the fully raised position, and remember to wear the seatbelt.  An operator is not protected by a ROPS bar that is not fully raised.