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String Trimmer Horror Stories

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Green&Growing, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. Green&Growing

    Green&Growing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    So Tuesday I'm string trimming along a customers garden when I feel a rock or something bounce off my shin. No big deal, happens all the time, so I don't even look. Then I feel a "bouncing" pain in the same spot on my shin. I look down to see half of a roofing nail dangling out of my leg! :eek: This thing was buried about an inch...maybe two in my shin. It's not bleeding, but I know it's going to let loose when I pull it out. So I walk back to the truck and get the first aid kit all ready for surgery. I really had to pull on the head of the nail to get it out! Once it came out I covered it with gauze and got the bleeding under control, put a little neosporine and a band aid on it and finished the job.
    That night I went to the sporting goods store and bought some hockey shin guards! Now my legs are covered from ankle to knee...I'm not letting that happen again.

    So whats your "war wound" story? I know we have to have some good ones!
     
  2. mastercare

    mastercare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 289

    Echo Hedge trimmers to the knee. I was trimming some crawling vines, just taking off the shooters. One of them wrapped around a downspout, so I held the trimmers with one hand while I worked with the other. I was moving too quick, before the blades stopped moving and put some nices slices in my knee.

    Didn't hurt too bad, but the anesthesia sucked....becuase hedgers don't cut, they tear.....many layers, not just sliced like a knife.

    Anyway.....left nice scars to remind me not to be so quick next time!
     
  3. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,036

    green&growing, go right down to the emergency room and get your self a tetanis shot.
     
  4. Green&Growing

    Green&Growing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    Ya , I got one the next day....and some antibiotics for "deep infection". the hole is really small, and looks pretty good today.
     
  5. steve122

    steve122 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 208

    Used to wear shorts in summer, now I put up with long pants for same reason. More than once while weedeating in the low income housing projects, where a trash can for a can or bottle is the side of a building, I had to use a pocket knife to dig pieces of glass out of my shins. Never anything big, could usually squeeze it out and just help it with knife point, but I got tired of it after the 4th or 5th time.
     
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    i wear pants now that zip off at the knee. i usually find that most properties are ok to trim with shorts because you can use less RPM's and they've got less rocks/pebbles/sand/sticks/etc in the trimming areas. Then there are those properties where you run full throttle and kick up all sorts of crap. For these properties i just zip on the bottom half of the pant legs. sometimes i just zip up the left one cause it seems to catch the most flak.

    You can also wear them with the knee partly unzipped to get some ventilation which is helpful on nice humid days like today.
     
  7. Ursushorribilus

    Ursushorribilus LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    How long are those tetanus shots good for these days? I think I got one a few years ago and I seem to remember them telling me something like 10 years...Tony
     
  8. Turfcutters Plus

    Turfcutters Plus LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    I watched a helper cut right through a entire garage siding.it was vinyl.He was too fast,believe it or not.Another time cut my leg up good with long pants on.I was releasing line bumping my toe!Duh!
     
  9. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    swing an axe over my head to get a limb, missed and got it in the leg. Got about a 4 inch scare now:angry:
     
  10. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    7 years and your gonna need another.
     

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