Brush mowers are incredibly powerful pieces of machinery that are made to withstand the all the rigors a property can expose them to. It’s this fact that makes them so effective at clearing even the most overgrown meadows and private estates. However, these machines can also be incredibly dangerous when used improperly, and it’s up to you as the owner to mitigate the potential harm. Use these safety tips for operating your brush mower to ensure everyone is protected and secure.
First and foremost, it’s important that you stick to the manufacturer’s instructions when using your brush mower. Swisher provides owner’s manuals online that contain all the essential details on how to operate your particular model. This includes the steps to turning on and shutting off your device as well as how to troubleshoot potential operational issues you may come across. It’s important to read the manual prior to use to ensure the equipment runs as promised every time you start it up.
At Swisher, we put a lot of time and effort into making our instruction manuals as clear and concise as possible. We understand that you’re ready to get to work, and the best way to do that is to have access to resources that answer all your lingering questions.
It’s also important that you double-check how you have your brush mower secured to your towing vehicle. The last thing you want is for your equipment to detach on its own in the middle of a job, as this can leave you and those around you susceptible to injury. Because of this, it’s recommended that you follow standard procedure when attaching your mower to the back of a tractor or other towing device. This includes backing your vehicle up to the mower and using the ball coupler to connect it to the hitch. You can then adjust the level of the cutter by rotating the corresponding adjustment rods and locking them in place at the right height. This information is also present in your product’s instruction manual for additional reference.
Brush mowers come equipped with guards and safety shields that prevent you from coming into direct contact with their cutting blades. They’re the first line of defense against serious injury and keeping them engaged while the equipment is in use is vital. So, make sure you familiarize yourself with the location of these components and lock them back into the proper position immediately after dislodging any debris. This way, your machine is already in the perfect condition to run the next time you need it, and you won’t accidentally leave the guards off.
You should also take the time to acquire the right protective gear and clothing items prior to using your brush mower; this includes eye protection and thick work gloves. Since you never know when a piece of debris could get knocked your way, equipping yourself with these items is the best way to provide full-coverage protection in all vulnerable areas. Additionally, it’s highly encouraged for mower operators to wear closed-toe shoes with good traction, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and earmuffs to reduce ear strain from noise. When worn together, you greatly increase your safety while caring for your property and can undergo this task with more peace of mind.
After getting your mower running, make sure you’re only operating it in a safe and controlled environment. This means driving it at a reasonable distance away from any other individuals, especially children and pets, and keeping a lookout for any particularly challenging obstacles. These mowers also shouldn’t be driven on sloped terrain at an angle greater than 15 degrees. This is because you don’t want the weight of the machine to start pulling back on the equipment you have it attached to. Most importantly, though, you must remain aware and alert of what’s around you during the entire project. Should you notice anyone move into your path, stop the mower immediately and wait for them to pass.
Another important safety tip for operating your brush mower is to perform routine inspections on it before you start it up and after you shut it down. While it typically won’t present any issues with newer products, getting in the habit of inspecting your mower now will help you catch potential problems further down the line. During these checks, you should be looking at the engine and its oil level, topping it off if necessary. Verify the amount of fuel you have as well to ensure it will run for as long as needed. Post-use inspections are a great time to perform any necessary cleaning and maintenance tasks, such as removing any caught trimmings and replacing the spark plug if needed. If any part of the machine is damaged, you should discontinue use until you can perform the proper repairs.
Swisher’s rough-cut mowers are designed to resist this type of harm by covering all battery, engine, wiring, and fuel components in a durable outer casing. Yet, at the same time, its two-point height adjustment mechanism allows you to raise the equipment for easy removal of debris as well as repairs. They also offer tool-free access to any of these inner parts, making this process much easier for you.
Understanding how to keep you and your family safe around your brush mower will be essential to getting the most out of its performance. So, make sure you’re following these tips and reading your product’s manual for additional advice. This way, you have all the information you could need to run your device properly as well as maintain or repair it. We even include detailed descriptions of how to assemble your new mower and step-by-step instructions on how to troubleshoot some common issues.
At Swisher Acquisition, Inc., we want to make sure that every one of our customers is satisfied with their purchase and confident while they’re operating our machines. Each of our products is made to be durable and long-lasting while providing some of the best results for your property. For more information about our American-made pull behind brush mowers or any of our other models, visit our website or give us a call.