Any of your equipment ever end up in a pool?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ashs inc, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 598

    Earlier this year an employee was blowing around a pool with my NEW Shindaiwa EB630 blower. Backed right into it and did a nestea plunge. It was a accident. I did not get up set and we got him out of the pool before any gas and oil got out we think. I drained the blower of gas and water replaced the spark plug and sprayed WD 40 in the spark plug and Wow after 10 pulls cranked right up. Any body else had this happen????
     
  2. Gmgbo

    Gmgbo LawnSite Senior Member
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    i was mowing a around a pond on a steep bank with my w/b untill the ground sunk in and the back of the mower and me went into the pond. the mower was fine the water barely touched the engine, but we had 2 pull it out with the truck......its almost a pool because the guy told me there is snakes in there so he only goes swimming when he is "half if the bag". just thought id share my story.
     
  3. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    cutting down by the lake at my cottage with the garden tracor hit some soft sand and ended up about 5 ft in the water. water only came up to the deck though.
     
  4. Garden Panzer

    Garden Panzer Banned
    from Seattle
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    I had a couple guys dunk a 48" in the lake, they then brought down a truck to tow it out, the truck ended up in the lake as well....
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    I could have pistol whipped the guy who was leading the crew.....
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  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Was very very close once my then boss was cutting the front lawn of this larger house. Back then he only had WBs so I was in the back on mine he was near the side on his. We were using side baggers well he stopped to take is off he had removed the safeties on his mowers and he had the snapper 48 in 5th gear. Wouldn't you know it he bumped the handle with the bagger as he removed it she broke free and spun around and around at mach 1 like 3 times then the other side popped. Thing plowed right into the stockade fence near the pool hit it so hard it broke through. The fence bottom rail snapped the middle rail snapped leaving only the top one the mower went right under it as it went up like a garage door. The blade lever got hung up on the wood and was the only thing that stopped it. She was stuck under the fence spinning her tires a whole 4 feet from and above ground pool just begging to rip though the side of that. Glad I did not have to tell the customer LOL.
     
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    we have lost alot of pagers and cell phones in pools ( on our pool service division)
     
  7. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
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    Some of you guys that have been doing this awhile might remember the old Bobcat walkers with the cheesy thumb locks that would slip every now and then. I caught a 36" at the last second from taking a dip in a customers pool. The rear tires were on the pools coping, inches from going in. NO LIE.
     
  8. PLI1

    PLI1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Several years ago I lost a Dixie Chopper in a pond. All you could see was the top of the seat. There was a severe slope from 50 feet in toward the pond. I told the guy using it at least 5 times to not go near the slope or any severe slope with a ZTR and that someone else would follow up in that area with a wb. Lo and behold a half hour later I drive by and see just the top of the seat of the mower and the guy standing there like an idiot looking at it. I grabbed a chain and the front end loader, told him to go back in and hook the chain up and I pulled it out. Lost a coulple Dixies in creek beds also. When I was a greens superintendent, the bone head award went to the guy who drove a 9 gang Toro Parkmaster ALL THE WAY into one of the ponds. It sunk way deep into the muck in the bottom of the pond and took about a day and a half to dismantle and remove all the gang mowers and other parts to yank the thing out safely. For anyone who doesn't know what a Toro Parkmaster looks like, it is a 18 foot wide rough mower that looks like a giant octopus that has arms that lift each gang mower up or down. I have a friend that worked a golf course where one of the employees drove a cushman truckster into a creek bed where it flipped over in the creek and killed him.
     
  9. Garden Panzer

    Garden Panzer Banned
    from Seattle
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    I also remember a couple guys skid down the side of a steep embankment to hit a chainlink fence, and a good one too.... It was a giant water rentention pond that was an offleash dog area.... they went to service a trashcan and ended up 300 feet down, they got winched out. :rolleyes:

    Another time, a trailer jumped hitch in the middle lane of a 3 narrow lane bridge.....how nothing happened I really don't know. Anyone in this sport has had "ROAD-WARRIOR" things happen, IE. branches fall off trucks... LOL reminds me I lost about 4 X-Mas trees on a LARGE bridge, they fell off right when you hit the top...LOL!!!

    Had a sprayer go off in traffic once, spray cars! LOL!

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  10. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have heard a few stories from friend losing walkbehinds in ponds and pools. Dame near done that myself. (don't you just hate having the half nude chick just lying around the pool distracting you.)

    But I heard one about this idiot that worked with a buddy of mine. We this idiot flipped a brand new skid loader into a pool. He backed right up to the pool while grading and back right into it. The pool was filled. He got out of the cab real quick. They had to get a crane to get it out along with a rebuild of the engine.
     

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