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My problem with my Toro MX4250 zero turn is falling asleep at the wheel - or, at the levers. I think it is being so close to the ground, with a green field of colour sweeping by constantly. I have mini-dozes and jolt awake a couple of metres off line. Hope I don't have one when there's a tree there, some day. When it gets really bad, I have to stop and go and some whippersnippering or whatever; then I don't feel drowsy at all. Anyone else have this problem?


Posted 26 June 2018 - 11:01 PM

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My problem with my Toro MX4250 zero turn is falling asleep at the wheel - or, at the levers. I think it is being so close to the ground, with a green field of colour sweeping by constantly. I have mini-dozes and jolt awake a couple of metres off line. Hope I don't have one when there's a tree there, some day. When it gets really bad, I have to stop and go and some whippersnippering or whatever; then I don't feel drowsy at all. Anyone else have this problem?

Doesn't sound good Dean - how's your sleep at night? - I packed on the weight doing an office job for 25 years and ended up with sleep apnoea - but even seemingly normal weight people can have it - I use a cpap machine now - it ain't perfect but until I mow enough lawns to shed the blubber I use it every night - makes a huge difference.


Posted 27 June 2018 - 08:45 AM

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Go see a doctor ASAP, it could be a heart condition........


Posted 27 June 2018 - 08:53 AM

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My problem with my Toro MX4250 zero turn is falling asleep at the wheel - or, at the levers. I think it is being so close to the ground, with a green field of colour sweeping by constantly. I have mini-dozes and jolt awake a couple of metres off line. Hope I don't have one when there's a tree there, some day. When it gets really bad, I have to stop and go and some whippersnippering or whatever; then I don't feel drowsy at all. Anyone else have this problem?

Dont mow near water or cliff,s then. Get someone to check you out!!!!!


Posted 27 June 2018 - 02:29 PM

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As everyone else has said Dean, certain medications can cause drowsiness all of this you need to discuss with your doctor. A full blood count, liver function and thyroid test are a must.
Posted 28 June 2018 - 10:27 AM

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Sounds like sleep apnea. You need to undertake a sleep test. It involves an overnight stay at a sleep clinic. You're fully wired up and it monitors several things but primarily how much quality sleep you actually get.
Posted 28 June 2018 - 11:26 AM

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Things have come a long way since I had my first sleep test a dozen years ago - it was an expensive pain the #### procedure which confirmed what I already knew but the main point of it was to get the correct mask pressures for the old style fixed pressure machines - then you went back for a second sleep test to verify the settings - seemed like a bit of a money making scheme even then

 

nowadays the best advice would probably be to have an at-home sleep test done (lot of companies do it now) - that should tell you whether you have it and roughly how bad - then, with the modern auto pressure machines you simply choose a mask that's comfortable and a machine and learn to live with it - the machine senses your breathing and adjusts pressure continuously.


Posted 28 June 2018 - 11:40 AM

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Thanks to all for the thoughts and comments. I don't think it's a physical thing because I only get it when driving a ride-on mower and then only sometimes; also it has been happening for a long long time. I was thinking along the lines of boredom + heat + swaying motion + something else ... maybe eye strain, maybe breathing carbon monoxide from the engine - can CO accumulate in the air above a flat grassy area on a still day, when you are driving around in ever smaller circles ? I was wondering if anyone else had noticed this effect. Thanks.


Posted 28 June 2018 - 06:01 PM

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"...maybe breathing carbon monoxide from the engine - can CO accumulate in the air above a flat grassy area on a still day, when you are driving around in ever smaller circles ? I was wondering if anyone else had noticed this effect. Thanks..."

 

G'day Deano,

 

As mentioned, head to the Doc mate.

 

With the quote above - you could nearly be fishing for a case against small engine manufacturers for engine emissions!!! 

Thats a joke mate - but your health isn't - make sure your not going to fall asleep at the wheel/lever of any vehicle your controlling. 

 

Falling asleep - or having a micro-sleep - while mowing is one thing. The propensity for the same to happen on the road takes things to a whole new level. 

 

Righto...take care mate.

 

DLD...


Posted 28 June 2018 - 07:13 PM

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Not good mate. I cannot say ive ever felt tired on the ride on. 

 

Maybe fit some sort of perminate dead mans handle using the kill switch wire?


Posted 29 June 2018 - 05:21 PM




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