Re: walk behind gravely
Funny turn this thread has taken. Why 'Cherry Pick' a virtual definition? Call me old fashioned, but I grew up with Webster's Dictionary definitions, which also happened to be the 1st item from Google:
["Main Entry: man·han·dle
Function: transitive verb
1 : to handle roughly
2 : to move or manage by human force"]
Plainly the operation of GRAVELY 2-wheel, walk behind tractors is well defined by "manage by human force". IMO if you ever operate a GRAVELY 2-wheel tractor to accomplish very heavy tasks you will, by neccessity, have to "handle roughly". I would proudly & happily describe what a GRAVELY 2-wheel tractor does to turf when breaking ground w/rotary plow, OR what a GRAVELY 2-wheel tractor does to multiflora rose/overgrown brush w/30" deck as "handle roughly,abusively.....damage,maul,mistreat,abuse,b eat". It would be impossible to use a rotary plow where I lived in CT w/o abusively mistreating it b/c of all the rocks.
I've been attacked here for presenting a 'GRAVELY Monster' & describing a "Rotary Atilla". GRAVELYs are not all genteel toys suited only to flat open manicured suburban lawns, or spit shined garage queens. Believe me, if you take on the kinds of challenging work I've succeeded doing w/GRAVELY 2-wheel tractors you will absolutely need to "manhandle" them. I have no reluctance confessing that plowing snow w/GRAVELY 2-wheel tractors very frequently required me to "handle roughly". I can't imagine plowing snow effectively sitting on a sulky. Much of my enthusiasm for GRAVELY is b/c they've withstood such torture. Contrary to the dire warning 'it will kill you' I'm still here after roughly (no pun) 50 years & still promoting GRAVELY.
However IMO, by definiton, not all manhandling is applied to accomplish tough jobs, in which case the "manage by human force" still applies 100%. Its also exceedingly common to "manage by human force" thru strong, firm, gentle & consistant handling w/o any abuse whatsoever. That's the core of most good animal training. Unfortunately some trainers & some animal situations get into "rough handling".
GRAVELY lost out to mowers that were far less demanding to operate. Many considered it too "rough handling" the walk behind design & rejected the concept of having to "manhandle" the 300+ lb machines while walking via handle bars. I just don't share others' exclusive 'negative only' connotation.