View Full Version : Dummy of the year award

06-24-2004, 01:30 AM
I had the pleasure of giving out an award to my help today.And the "Dummy of the year" goes to............ My foreman! For wraping a Grasshopper 616 around a telephone pole!!!!!!! He calls me to tell me if I ever known anyone to wrap a lawnmower around a telephone pole. I said no I have not, why, did you have a wreck? he said , "well kind of. I got a standing telephone pole stuck between the deck and the drive wheel. Any sugestions on how to get it out? "You could imagine what I was thinking next!How could anyone get a 12 inch pole in between a 6 inch area between a deck and a tire?To make a long story short we had to let the air out of the tire and physicaly slide the machine sideways to get it away from the pole ! Needless to say I was upset but what suprised me my customer had a great sense of humor. I gave her $5 off her mowing for the damage to the lawn which was minimal. And made the foreman apollogize for his mistake. The customer was understanding and said it actually cheered her up. She was having a bad day. Needless to say we ribbed him the rest of the day. Has anyone ever had a simalar incident that warranted an award of this type ? I thought everyone would get a laugh out of this!
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06-24-2004, 01:41 AM
I gave one to myself three weeks ago after we got our Standers. I forgot I was standing a lot taller than on a Proslide, and about knocked my Peltors off, along w/ my head, on a low branch on a Maple tree. Glad my brother was around the side of the house!!<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_1_118.gif' border=0></a>

06-24-2004, 01:47 AM
Next time something like this happens take pictures, They are always good for a laugh.

06-24-2004, 02:12 AM
Had a guy lose a ZTR in a customers pond. While mowing around the pond the bank gave away completely.... kind of like a mini sinkhole. In an instant it dumped into the pond. The pond had a very quick drop off into deep water... completely sunk. We used the winch on my truck to pull it out ... had to dive down, find the frame and hook it. It was a MESS.

THEN, one of my guys was using the skidsteer to clean out years of piled up horse poop out of his barn. Well, the guy I put in charge of that job got a little squirrely on the controls, lifted the bucket to high, to fast .... hit one of the main support beams in the center of the barn .. the whole damn thing collapsed in on him. Thank God the BobCat had a cage around him . The customer didn't even freak out! He came out and said it was OK, it was thinking about building a new barn anyhow. ... he even offered to pay us to clean up the site. Of course I didn't charge him for that.. I was just thankful he was so understanding ... could have caused me all kinds of problems... especially if my insurance company dropped me after something like that.

06-24-2004, 02:15 AM
Wow did your guy hold onto his job? Did he put in some free labor helping to clean up his mistake?

06-24-2004, 02:22 AM
Originally posted by barringtonbrothers
Wow did your guy hold onto his job? Did he put in some free labor helping to clean up his mistake?

Yea, he was an excellent worker ... a working machine. Just as much my fault as it was his. I had bought the BobCat just a couple of months prior to this and did not make sure my guys had the proper training or learning hours to operate this equipment. I guess I assumed if they can use a hydraulic ZTR they can use a SkidSteer... WRONG. Assumption is the mother of......

06-24-2004, 10:27 AM
Impact I did the same thing with my stander. But it was a deck I was mowing under. Knocked me right off my stander. I had a bad headache for the rest of the day.

06-24-2004, 11:35 AM
I did something similar when I was demoing a JD 757 the first time. I was cutting beside a ditch bank and knew there was a groundhog hole on the very edge. Since I had mowed this bank for 3 years, I knew that on my garden tractor the wheels were far enough away that the mower deck would overhang the hole and cut the grass.

But I failed to compensate for the wider track on the ZTR, perhaps thinking that since it had a 60" deck versus my 54" on my tractor it wasn't even worth thinking about.


The left rear tire hit the hole and dropped right in. To make matters much worse, a small walnut tree of about 3" diameter was right in line with the opening between the left side drive tire and the rear of the deck. :o

I was stuck fast, bottomed out and couldn't move either direction. New curse words were invented that day.

Had to get a tow strap and my truck and with my daughter's assistance on the truck, I pulled the unit out sideways, much like you described in the original story. I had subsequently dug a HUGE scalp area - about 60" wide - in my yard that needed repaired, demolished the groundhog hole and delayed the demo for about 15 minutes.

Thankfully, the 757 wasn't hurt at all. That was definitely a good lesson about track width on a ZTR versus a garden tractor!

06-24-2004, 02:02 PM
I hit a pole myself. I'd picked up an old Wheel Horse 724-Z mower which was well used and the controls had quite a bit of slop in them. I got too over confident and was going much too fast and I hit the pole with one of the front tires. Popped it off the rim which bent along with the spindle.

06-24-2004, 02:15 PM
Haha good story, I think we've all been in similar situations and of course our fellow employees enjoy busting us about them. Was working at the garden center one weekend, me and the boss go down the greenhouses we pick flowers up from to get some flats. They have this little orange carts that you can drive around and hook the roll carts up to and pull around so you can load the flowers onto. Well my boss thinking he was hott s*** was flooring the thing through the greenhouse with me sitting on the back....he goes around a turn and rolls the flower cart, bends the little hitch that connect the cart n the flower cart. Flowers are ruined haha, long story short.....I pick up the flowers by myself now, the greenhouse guys always say something hehe.


06-24-2004, 03:05 PM
Back in the 70's when I worked for a landscaper. I had the yearly pleasure of spending day after day every July mowing undeveloped property in an industrial park. I used a small farm tractor with a 7 foot 3 point hitch deck. I didn't see a guy cable on a utility pole, caught it dead center and climbed right up it. Tractor was damn near vertical til I got it stopped. That woke me up in a hurry. Lucky for me, tractor slid back down and there was no damage.

06-24-2004, 03:27 PM
Still does not beat my laborer last summer. After a very rainy day I told him to dump the gas in a 2.5 gallon gas can into the truck, as it may have rain water in it and it will burn off in the truck. I come out of the garage and he is dumping the gas into the bed of a pick-up truck. He says he misunderstood me. That was his last day.

06-24-2004, 06:52 PM
Was mowing my lawn with a Gravely Garden Tractor and got lazy in a very wet/swampy area. Instead of getting out the weed wacker I decided that I could hit the mud at full speed and make it to the street on the other side cutting the grass as I go (had done this method before). Well it worked, got to the street traveling fast as hell and turned the wheel. Because the tires were so muddy the tractor skidded for a second and then gained traction and bucked me off the seat. Nice thing about those old Gravely's is that there is no kill switch. The tractor proceeded up a hill and to wards my neighbor's rock wall. I never ran so fast trying to stop the thing but I made it to the tractor prior to impact. My rear hurt for 2 weeks and my pride still has not recovered. The good news is that I was able to convince my wife I needed a new Z because it was safer!!

06-25-2004, 11:20 PM
a couple of years ago I told a laborer to get the 480 loader from around back of the house and bring it up front. A minute or two later he comes walking around house with an odd look on his face. He drove the loader over a retaining wall the front wheels were on the ground and the harley rake is on retaining wall. Rears wheels are completely off the ground. Needless to say we had to rebuild entire wall.

Leone LawnCare
06-25-2004, 11:37 PM
omg my guy did the same thing just today i cant believe someone else had this happen i thought it was a freak of nature