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Safety preparations for new, used tractors highlighted

Friday, May 21, 2010

Boots should may be considered when used tractors are being operated.
Boots should may be considered when used tractors are being operated.

As yard owners prepare to take to used lawnmowers and take care of their grass, a recent report reminds them they should take up proper safety habits when doing so.

In a piece printed in the Sioux City Journal, Iowa State University Extension horticulturalist Mimi Shanahan said people should make sure they know how their new or used tractors work before taking them out for mowing. They can do so by making sure they re-examine their machine's owner's manual.

Another tactic they may employ is making sure they mow during the daylight hours when lawns tend to be dry.

"Wet grass can cause your feet or tires to slip and wet grass is likely to clog up the discharge chute," Shanahan wrote.

People should also consider wearing safety equipment, including steel-toed boots or goggles. Furthermore, people should make sure that only one person is on a riding mower while it is operating.

Having taken care of safety regarding operating their used tractor, lawn owners may also want to make sure they get the most out of their machines. That would include making sure the engines are tuned up and blades are sharp, which leads to more efficient cutting.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19793110-ADNFCR

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