First day shenanigans!

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by bmxerss, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 554

    this week i have had the toughest time I have ever had in my life. this all happened THIS week!

    first, my mower tire went flat, had to replace that.

    then, the little hitch locker on my trailer failed as i was loading up the mower, and it made the whole trailer rise up and put a big a$$ deep scratch on my tailgate.

    the hose on my bagger got a whole punched in it, not a big deal.

    one of my trimmer's starter recoil thing broke

    my lights on my trailer messed up, and i need them rewired. got pulled over and got a $54 ticket.

    NOW my transmission in my truck started slipping, and the shop told me it needed a complete rebuild and a computer. $2150.

    What else can go wrong?
     
  2. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Some first day you had. Go ahead and get those mistakes out of the way the first day. Smooth sailing for the rest of the season I hope.
     
  3. GravelyWalker

    GravelyWalker LawnSite Member
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    Man this is making me feel soo much better. Did just about the same, scalped a ridge at a new customers house, shot a rock at the house missing the window by 6 inches, whew, then wraped my trimmer line around a pole and pulled it all out, oh and forgot the extra trimmer line at home. That would be so bad but the customer came home to see patches of untrimmed spots and call me right away. Seems i almost forgot how to mow.
     
  4. GravelyWalker

    GravelyWalker LawnSite Member
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    Oh and forgot to say my carburetor bit the dust on my last house in the back yard so I had to drag it around front and muscle it up on my trailer by myself.
     
  5. StockmanLawnscape

    StockmanLawnscape LawnSite Member
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    One of our guys got a brand new 52" Grandstand stuck 100 feet into a swamp like wooded area at the base of a hill at one of our new HOA's. Took 7 of the guys to get it out. Same guy got the machine stuck in the woods at another HOA this week too. He wasn't done yet, he weed wacked the bases of about 20 burning bushes and forgot to mow a few small patches around back pouches at another HOA. It's like he hasn't worked for us for the past 2 years. He's on very very thin ice to say the least. Such a frustrating week overall.
     
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    IMAG0283.jpg Well about the 1st cutting of the year and sent the helper home and was running over to do a place. A place I have done for 13 years and got stuck. So stuck I had to go get my ATV and help to pull it out. Pictures don't do this justice!

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  7. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Our first day out, first yard. I stripped the gears out in one our trimmers. Went today and bought a stihl fs 90. Pretty happy with it so far.
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Cheer up guys, its only April. I hate when I get that call from a crew. "Were stuck boss". Of course they are usually as far from me as possible too. I carry a pole driver, come a long and snatch straps to hopefully reach the truck winch. Always seems to be a total day ruiner.

    Zack you win with the tranny. They cost way too much to fix and don't last as long as they used to.
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  9. chuacro

    chuacro LawnSite Senior Member
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    This has not been a good start up week. I had mower running just fine at home and showed up first lawn and mower would not even try to start. Went home and came back and mowed with backup mower. I started to trim and trimmer would not start. I had a backup and completed. Just needed my handheld blower and when trying to start the starter line broke. I used the back pack to finish. While leaving my trailer tire hit the corner of the storm drain and popped a hole. I got 2 blocks away and a tire on my truck had a blow-out. Now I think my power steering is going out on my truck. I thought I did a good job over the winter keeping equipment ready for the spring.
     
  10. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got the vride stuck in the mud first week out this year. Thought I could yank it out with the Viking. .. wrong! Had to pull the truck between tight tree line, over the Jasmine bed that I work hard to keep looking good, too get it out. My fs90 capped out on me and had to buy a new one. The other will probably cost 100 to fix. I think it's just weird when we start off the spring like we've never done this before. Haha.
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