Push Mower Safety


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We recently received an email from a local college student asking us about lawn mower safety, specifically push mower safety.

We thought we'd share the college students questions and our answers.

Push Mower Safety Inquiry From Local College Student

Hey Ryan,

I am Matthew F., a junior at Ignite Institute in the Engineering College. I am doing a yearlong project on lawn mowers and safety. I have a few questions regarding lawn mowers. If you would be so kind to answer, I would appreciate it, thanks.

  • What part(s) on push lawn mowers break the most frequently?
  • Have any clients and/or client's pets been hurt in a push mower accident?
    • If so, how many?
  • Do you think that push mowers could be made safer to prevent accidents?
    • If so, how?

Thanks again,

Matthew F.

iGoPro Lawn Supply's Push Mower Safety Tips

Hi Matthew,

Very cool.  I am local and ran a lawn care business for 10 years before starting my online store.  I definitely consider myself an expert when it comes to lawn mowers and am happy to help.

What part(s) on push lawn mowers break the most frequently?

Push lawn mower parts that fail most often:

Blades - applicable to all types of mowers - blades will become dull and/or get damaged while mowing.  Often sharpening makes the blade usable again but if bent or a gash is taken out while mowing, it should be replaced.

Specifically for push mowers, riders and commercial zero turns and walk behinds have other problem parts, cables (throttle cables, stop cables, control cables - various types of cables found on push mowers...) seem to be the #1 replacement part.  Next would have to be replacement wheel assemblies - often these are made of plastic on push mowers.

Have any clients and/or client's pets been hurt in a push mower accident?

I'm not sure of how many people/pets are injured by push mowers.  I personally don't have any experience with this but I am sure it has happened and will happen again.

Do you think that push mowers could be made safer to prevent accidents?

As far as preventing future accidents, I think the answer would be education.  Push mowers are pretty simple, straightforward machines.  If there was greater awareness of the dangers of a running lawn mower, maybe people would exercise more caution while operating a push mower or when near a push mower in use.

All the best,

Ryan Sciamanna
iGoPro Lawn Supply

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Ryan Sciamanna

Ryan is the owner and founder of Lawn Crack, Optimized SEO and Websites, iGoPro Lawn Supply, and iGoPro Marketing. After working in about every aspect of the lawn care industry, Ryan started his own lawn care company with a push mower and no experience owning a business.

10 years later he sold his business for a healthy profit and continues to serve the lawn and landscape industry with high-quality products and website and online marketing services. Ryan also offers free content to help new lawn care business owners and DIY homeowners professionally maintain their lawns!

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