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Old 03-30-2002, 10:43 AM
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Property damage caused by mower???

This a sequel to "Worst damage done to engine..." thread. What's the highest dollar amount of property damage you've done while mowing a yard???? I consider myself lucky seeing that the worst damage I've done is busting out a drivers side window. Cost $250 to replace. I have since purchased liability ins.

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Old 03-30-2002, 11:10 AM
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Threw a brick into the side of a new Honda minivan that was passing by on the highway. Did over $2000.00 damage. I do have liability insurance.
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Old 03-30-2002, 11:13 AM
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I've had a similar accident. Broke a passenger side window
on a Toyota Camry. Cost me $270 (AUD). I have public liability insurance but the excess is $250 so I didn't bother making a claim. Just wrote the lady a cheque. Strange thing was,I was
using my Walker GHS at the time. The Walker doesn't throw too
many rocks.
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Old 03-30-2002, 11:30 AM
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I threw a rock into a car while mowing at a local bank. Put a pretty good size dent in the quarterpanel as well a taking off some paint. The lady stoped, cussed me had a fit abuout me mowing the bank on Friday. (Banks preference) I told her that I had liablity insurance that would cover it but she said she didn't have time to fool around with that. She got back in her car and left. I have not seen her since. (2 years) I estimated about 600-800 in damage.
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Old 03-30-2002, 11:42 AM
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$8k .... guy took the spiket off side of house (why go so close when you gotta weed whack anyways?).... got the water turn off in about 10 min. .... but new carpets n furniture inside, etc. Ö.the guy took a hike n we still ended up having the customer 2 more years until house sold

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Old 03-30-2002, 12:40 PM
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Guy working for me a couple years ago ran over a maple tree with a hydro mower and broke it off about 1" above ground. Cost me $25 + time to replace.

I run the mulch kits on my eXmarks so I never have to worry about things flying out and damaging people's property.
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Old 03-30-2002, 01:39 PM
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$400 glass sliding door at my best customers house with a trimmer. We've broken a few other things but nothing that expensive. Mike
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Old 03-30-2002, 03:52 PM
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25 bux, broke a sheet of plate glass in a storm door. that customer is the nicest person i know. he said it was his fault for having a small piece of concrete laying in the yard!! i said it was mine cause i dint pick it up. he offered me 20 bux to get the door fixed, i told him it was my fault and i'll get it fixed. he put the 20 in my hand closed it around the bill and said go do somethin with ur girlfriend later. i knew he wouldnt take it back so i just took 20 off his bill that month.
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Old 03-30-2002, 07:27 PM
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While removing some 30 year old yew's my backhoe kissed my customers house. It really was not that bad except they had aluminum siding and it is hard to replace, thank god for liability insurance.

I would not recommend being in the business with out it.
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Old 03-30-2002, 09:30 PM
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Very little damage in my 8 years as a lawnmaintenace contractor. Probably because I've cut by myself for the most part. However whenever I do have an employee or two things start braking fast.

I did know one guy who had someone drive a WB right into a in ground swimming pool though. No clue on what it cost him to fix that mess, but I would imagine that he needed to bring in a crane of something to get the WB out of the pool. Needless to say he canned that guy.
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