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Property damage caused by mower???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LAWNS AND MOWER, Mar 30, 2002.


    LAWNS AND MOWER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,129

    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.

  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    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.:D
  3. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    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.
  4. anythinglawns

    anythinglawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    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.
  5. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    $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. ….the guy took a hike n we still ended up having the customer 2 more years until house sold
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    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.
  7. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    $400 glass sliding door at my best customers house with a trimmer. We've broken a few other things but nothing that expensive. :( Mike
  8. Grass_Slayer

    Grass_Slayer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 173

    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.
  9. jettabug

    jettabug LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    :blob2: 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.
  10. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 681

    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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