Introduction: Push Mower Hack for Tall People

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Greetings Tall people! I am only 6'2", granted not Shaq, but still above the average height, and I have long gorilla like arms, so when I would mow my small piece of the American suburb dream my lower back would hurt for 3 days. And I may be late to the party sometimes but eventually I get there. I happened to have a set of handle bar extensions at the house but they cost very little and in this particular job WORK AMAZINGLY!

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I saw some old handle bar ends, that used to live on my mountain bike and thought, "Hey, it helps keep my back from hurting when I ride, why wouldn't it work on the mower! So I took them off.

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and with some finagling with a pair of alligator pliers and some taps with a dead blow, I go them to slide on. Taking the BIG pliers I readjusted the bar end jaws, by squeezing really HARD!

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no problem....welll one problem. The bolts that came with the extensions were just a hair too short after the bending and stretching to get the bars on the mower handle.

So I had to find replacement bolts. Fortunately for me I am a pack rat and had kept all of the extra bolts from a LCD install kit that had the right metric size (M6X35) and a couple of washers.

I was off and mowing and I will swear I haven't felt this good after mowing the lawn ever! I hope this helps all Tall people who have had to suffer sore backs from pushing the evil short mowers!

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admin (author)2009-06-22

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Fretka (author)2010-03-21

I am 5'10" and have dealt with the lower back pain all the time. I appreciate this 'ible...what a great idea, and thankx for the website too !!!

cory.smith (author)2009-08-03

Awesome! I was thinking about a solution to the same problem yesterday, and you have done the solving for me. Thanks! How do you hold down the kill bar (???) thing?

Nightmare54 (author)cory.smith2009-08-04

I use an old nylon strap to do that I have been toying with adding a front brake lever off of an old bike for the kill switch as well as a thumb lever from a 4 wheeler for the front wheel assist drive! as soon as I get the time I will experiment and let you know!

loximuthal (author)2009-07-12

Wow! What a great idea. I'm 6'2" too, and have the same issues with the lawn mower (not to mention kitchen counters, but that's another story). I'll definitely try this out.

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