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Re: mowing ditches

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George Marsh

06-25-2013 13:36:29

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45 degrees is a sure bet you will flip. I used my backhoe to make the grandkids a show hill. At the top it measures 45 degrees. I had to clear the top 20 ft by hand, take sand and gravel and dump it over the hill to level out by hand. It's hard to walk on a 45 degree angle. Try walking on a roof with 12-12 pitch, that's 45 degree.

The bottom of the hill I had to put the back bucket down and use it as a safety device to keep from flipping over. Only guessing, but the bottom of the hill is between 25 and 30 degree.

I wouldn't even want to attempt to mow a 25 degree hill safely.

People who mow ditches with a chopper will usually get the chopper wet, if not killed. Everytime I see one in the ditch, I want to take a pic and post it.

If I had to mow a ditch, I would rig up a pipe to extend over the ditch bank, use chains to drag a mower. Propably make the mower from an old 4-6 ft belly mower, put wheels on it and put a 20-25 hp vertical shaft motor on it.

If you don't want someone taking a pic of you, don't do what I saw someone do to mow a very steep hill.

This person used a push mower, attached it to a 20 ft ladder. The other end of the ladder was attached to the front of an ATV. He used the ATV to push the mower up the hill. George

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