HI, I have a friend helping me with work. His exact words are, "I am not willing or able to take responsibility for wear and tear on your equipment. Complaining about it to me is counterproductive and insulting." Below are a couple of issues that he has considered wear and tear. I have told him to look over areas before he mows. We mow quite a bit of tall grass, fields, etcc in Colorado. The employee constantly drives very fast through these areas without first looking over. He hit something that broke a lawn mower blade in half. When I looked at the blade it had obviously hit something very hard. I wrote him a letter stating I was not happy about the blade situation. He backed up over a concrete block with my Dodge Dually. He broke off and lost one of the mud flaps. They are expensive. We luckily found it at the dump after dump employee looked for it. I only asked employee to help put it back on. Sound easy but actually takes some time cuz of position. The breaker was when: I had rented a large chipper, ($150.00 for rental). Not after 30 minutes into a very large job, the employee got my truck and chipper stuck up to the axles in mud. We had walked the site and knew where to drive and where not to drive. He drove it through the NOT TO DRIVE section and nearly into a small creek. To me it was obvious that it was too wet in that spot. It took nearly 4 hours to pull truck and chipper out. The Client had to use his own jeep and winch for over 2 hours. We made ZERO money for the day. There was a section of around 75 feet with 2 lines of 2 foot deep ruts in the clients yard which I now have to fix. After $15.00 and 1 hour of washing under my truck, I still cannot get all the mud out. Brakes squeeking, truck steering wobbles, etc.. I could write more but I hope you get the picture. I wrote the friend/helper a letter asking him his opinion on the situation, and he quit. He said he couldnt take responsibility for the wear and tear. What I am wondering, do any of you think that those issues are considered wear and tear? Every day I find something new wrong with my equipment that employees cause. I would consider dull blades, flat tires under normal conditions, etcc. wear and tear. thanks.