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    Freaky Incident!

    Crazy thing happened to me yesterday. I was in the process changing oil and putting new blades on my LX 172. I had removed the deck and pulled it away from the tractor, out in the yard where I could work on it. At this point, I was ready to flip it over in order to get to the blades. Now the front part of the deck has two "hooks" welded to it, that are used to couple the deck to a bracket attached to the front axle. In the process of flipping the deck over, I grabbed these hooks to lift the deck up on its trailing edge. Somehow, in the process of flipping the thing over, I got overbalanced, and the deck began to fall. One of these hooks grabbed my finger above the knuckle and flipped me over with it, body slamming me to the ground.

    I was lucky; I ended up with a sore shoulder and a man sized barked shin, but other than feeling a bit stupid and embarrassed, I was OK. In any case, it was a surprising turn of events. Guess I'm getting too old for this sort of thing, it's getting to be an ordeal that I don't look forward to any more...although I'm not ready to give it up.
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    Other than the sore shoulder and barked shin, if no one saw it, it did not happen.
    My wife is asking me all the time how I got this or that bruise. I tell her I don't remember getting it.
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    Yeah, when I pull one of those, the first thing I do is look around to see if anyone was watching....I'm looking around more and more these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    Other than the sore shoulder and barked shin, if no one saw it, it did not happen.
    My wife is asking me all the time how I got this or that bruise. I tell her I don't remember getting it.
    Z-5: I'm going to "borrow" your line: :if no one saw it, it did not happen." I expect to get good play and lots of cheap laughs with it soon...

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    Glad you are ok

    Thankful the damage wasn't worse! I guess the only solution is to use a FEL and bolt on hooks to lift it up next time. After all, safety comes first so if it involves some purchasing that's only for safety not because you wanted it. A tractor and FEL is much cheaper than a stay in a hospital so you are saving money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2LaneCruzer View Post
    Crazy thing happened to me yesterday. I was in the process changing oil and putting new blades on my LX 172. I had removed the deck and pulled it away from the tractor, out in the yard where I could work on it. At this point, I was ready to flip it over in order to get to the blades. Now the front part of the deck has two "hooks" welded to it, that are used to couple the deck to a bracket attached to the front axle. In the process of flipping the deck over, I grabbed these hooks to lift the deck up on its trailing edge. Somehow, in the process of flipping the thing over, I got overbalanced, and the deck began to fall. One of these hooks grabbed my finger above the knuckle and flipped me over with it, body slamming me to the ground.

    I was lucky; I ended up with a sore shoulder and a man sized barked shin, but other than feeling a bit stupid and embarrassed, I was OK. In any case, it was a surprising turn of events. Guess I'm getting too old for this sort of thing, it's getting to be an ordeal that I don't look forward to any more...although I'm not ready to give it up.
    2lane, it could have been worse; you could have pulled your finger right off your hand... When I was a kid working in a grocery store we witnessed a delivery man jump off the loading dock and somehow got his wedding ring finger stuck in the dumpster and he pulled his finger right off the bone! The worst part after the shock for us 15 year old kids was the fruit company called to see if we could pick up his wedding ring. Couldn't; a dog ran off with his black colored finger!!!!! Lesson learned about putting fingers where trouble could arise it's ugly head.. My wife would never allow me to wear my wedding ring to work, ever... Chicks at the gin mills we used to stop at after work for a nice cold one were all over us for that, I'm sure Giz can attest to this, being the stud that he is... Better to survive the embarrassment then the other outcome.... Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefftaylor View Post
    2lane, it could have been worse; you could have pulled your finger right off your hand... When I was a kid working in a grocery store we witnessed a delivery man jump off the loading dock and somehow got his wedding ring finger stuck in the dumpster and he pulled his finger right off the bone! The worst part after the shock for us 15 year old kids was the fruit company called to see if we could pick up his wedding ring. Couldn't; a dog ran off with his black colored finger!!!!! Lesson learned about putting fingers where trouble could arise it's ugly head.. My wife would never allow me to wear my wedding ring to work, ever... Chicks at the gin mills we used to stop at after work for a nice cold one were all over us for that, I'm sure Giz can attest to this, being the stud that he is... Better to survive the embarrassment then the other outcome.... Jeff
    I was thinking the same thing, it just about happened to the Jimmy Fallon(tonight show). One reason I don't wear my ring any more, I'd like to keep all my digits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    Thankful the damage wasn't worse! I guess the only solution is to use a FEL and bolt on hooks to lift it up next time. After all, safety comes first so if it involves some purchasing that's only for safety not because you wanted it. A tractor and FEL is much cheaper than a stay in a hospital so you are saving money!

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    I like your rationale, but I didn't tell Sharn Jean what happened. I need a new mower any way, so I'm working on my arguments now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2LaneCruzer View Post
    Crazy thing happened to me yesterday. I was in the process changing oil and putting new blades on my LX 172. I had removed the deck and pulled it away from the tractor, out in the yard where I could work on it. At this point, I was ready to flip it over in order to get to the blades. Now the front part of the deck has two "hooks" welded to it, that are used to couple the deck to a bracket attached to the front axle. In the process of flipping the deck over, I grabbed these hooks to lift the deck up on its trailing edge. Somehow, in the process of flipping the thing over, I got overbalanced, and the deck began to fall. One of these hooks grabbed my finger above the knuckle and flipped me over with it, body slamming me to the ground.

    I was lucky; I ended up with a sore shoulder and a man sized barked shin, but other than feeling a bit stupid and embarrassed, I was OK. In any case, it was a surprising turn of events. Guess I'm getting too old for this sort of thing, it's getting to be an ordeal that I don't look forward to any more...although I'm not ready to give it up.
    Huh. I almost had the same thing happen on Sunday when I replaced the blades on my D160. I got my fingers into the front wheel brackets on the deck and tried to stand it up and the whole bottom of the thing started to slide into my ankles and the top swung out away form me. Luckily, I managed to get my fingers out but I was a third of the way over by the time I did. Took everything I had to remain upright. On my next try I ran chain through the brackets and lifted the thing with my loader.

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    man, that mower must not like you. how many rocks have you run over?

    all kidding aside, im glad you're OK.
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