Peejay56 wrote:With today's health and safety culture it amazes me they are allowed to cut hedges with an exposed fast rotating flail mower. The cuttings that get thrown on the road are a real pain no question, but if it throws a flail off (which they do occasionally) it would seriously injure someone if it hit them.
Surely it's not beyond the realms of engineering and technology to guard the flail mower and direct the cuttings straight down without throwing everything all over the road?
Rant over, Pete.
I confess I was surprised that such flails are still being used. I've passed a lot of hedge-cutting tractors in the last few years and not seen one. I think it must be 15 years since they seemed to be replaced with better implements around the locales I cycle in.
There's also a much greater tendency for the tractor driver to cease operations when he sees you coming, until you're past. That never used to be the case. I can recall getting showered with cuttings 20 years ago, even when making great efforts to give the thing a very wide berth.