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Beautiful Lake Holman at Little Buffalo State Park near Newport. 88 acres of boating and fishing, held in place by a 50 feet high, steeply sloped, hard to mow, earthen dam.

The dam is a grass cutting challenge for park maintenance man Greg Wileman and the Spider, a radio-controlled slope mower on loan from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

"We use the Spider Instead of trying to get in there with a push mower or zero turn, which you would never mow with on these steep banks," said Wileman.

The 24 horse power grass eater is designed to cut where no man wants to, nor should.

"If you were mowing these steep inclines with a push mower, you could easily slip, fall underneath the mower. Lose a foot. A leg. Whatever," said Wileman as he maneuvered the unit up and down the steep land side of the dam. "With this you can keep a safe distance from what you're mowing."

At a range of up to 200 yards, the remote control can even raise and lower the four mulching blades while on the go.

In only his second day of operating the Spider, Wileman was impressed.

"Any way you go, sideways, up, down, cross ways, catacorner, it'll mow you four feet."

"It's very hard to get stuck and almost impossible to roll over with the low center of gravity and the wide wheel base."

But you probably won't be seeing these in many private back yards.

"They're not a very cheap piece of equipment," noted Wileman. " They run about 40 to 45-thousand dollars new."

The good news is, Wileman pointed out, they're not that tough to drive.

"If you're good with your thumbs and joy stick," he said, "anybody that plays video games could run one of these."

When finished at Little Buffalo State Park, the Spider was off to the next of four state parks that share the mower.

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