What have you hit?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by southside, May 19, 2000.

  1. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    What have you hit/run over while mowing or<br>slashing? I've hit plenty of things.<br>Weirdest: Another tractor hidden in 10' grass.(TE20 grey Massey,no damage)<br>Grossest: A litter of kittens,and an out house.(At least it ended quick for the kittens)<br>Expensive: A 20' length of railway line,which<br>tore off the cutter bar and buggered the <br>slasher gearbox.<p>What about you guys?<p><br>Karl<br>
     
  2. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 627

    Darn near ran over a baby bunny 2 weeks ago. Missed him the first time, & the dumb bunny didn't have enough sense to get out of the yard.<br>Finishing up the same yard, & he was hiding in a hole. Didn't see him until the front of my mower deck was right over top of his head- jerked back on the sticks (whooaaa horsie!)<br>& he took off again.<br>Weekly regulars include sticks, pop cans, occaisional stones, string pcs., etc. on some back of comm.prop.'s<br>3 weeks ago I had the lawn from &quot;hell&quot; so to speak.<br>This lady had more junk in her backyard than I have in my garage-RR ties, tire ruts, weeds diguised as flowers, brush pile (which I bid high so I wouldn't have to take it :) ), bird bath, stone formations, GEEZ. Hillbilly clutter city! <br>No way was I taking my new Z on that Piece Of Trash (POT).<br> Come around the back of the house & stalled the WB (#&*@%!) on a stump that was 1.5&quot; above the ground but not short enuf. Thank goodness her family bought her a mower. My teeth were clenched the whole time, every time we did that lawn<p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<p><p>&lt;font size=&quot;1&quot;&gt;Edited by: yardsmith<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: yardsmith
     
  3. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    The absolute worst, IMO, is dead animals. A two-day-old raccoon hidden in high grass, when mowed with a WB, makes a stench that sticks to your teeth for days on end.<p>My worst, took the top off a water co. curb box, sent cast iron pieces flying, only dinked the blade but I finished out the day no problem.<p>Lady two houses down wanted me to mow an area not mowed since last fall(she just bought the place, formerly a rental). Being busy, I respectfully declined. Monday, a guy I know was mowing this property with his scag ztr, when &quot;clang&quot; then all sound stops-stopped the engine dead- hit the meerstone(sp?) a 4-inch square concrete post which surveyors use for reference. Blades wouldn't re-start. Still hasn't returned to finish the job. Glad it wasn't me.<p>Bill
     
  4. Getmow

    Getmow LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 445

    How about a pile of dog sh#$% with the string trimmer... had to throw away my tooth brush after that one.
     
  5. bdemir

    bdemir LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 610

    oNCE I WAS MOWING A LADYS LAWN AND SHE KEEPS ALL THE DOGG **** IN A CAN AND I WAS LOOKING DOWN NOT FORWARD AND THE CAN WAS SPILLED AND ALL THE GOD **** WAS SPILLED AND A LITTLE HIT THE WEED WIP STRING AND GOT SOME ALL OVER ME IT WAS REAL NICE LET ME TELL YA.
     
  6. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    Employee of ours ran over about six baby rabbits...with a lawnboy!! He adopted the ones that survived. <p>Funniest thing I've run over was a tennis ball with my WB. It came firing out of the side discharge (uncut) and flew 100' across the street and off a guy's head while riding a bike down the sidewalk. Knocked him clear off the bike. He was alright. I laughed my ass off for about an hour after that one. <p>Always try to leave the deflector down when on &quot;first-cut&quot; commercial properties though. Don't know what might fly out from under your mower.<p>----------<br>Dave in S.Ontario<br>www.cutntrim.com
     
  7. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    Dog **** with a trimmer? gross.<br>Gotta love the tennis ball one though,piss <br>funny! :)<br>Unfortunately for me the litter of kittens <br>didn't fare too well.They literally exploded<br>under the slasher.Tip speed is 15000 fpm and<br>the blades weigh 22lb each.At least they made<br>a good mulch. :)<p>Karl<br>
     
  8. About 5 years ago, started a new account that the owners just bought a month before. The previous owners had natural gas barbecue that they tore out and replaced the area with sod. Didn't see the pipe that was sticking up. Hit it with the mower, nothing happened other than a bent shaft on the mower. Took the mower back to my truck, next thing I here is a hi whining sound like a Piccolo Pete. Had a hell of a time trying to find the gas meter for the house. Thank god it didn't explode when I hit it. The customer still to this day ask me if I hit any gas lines lately?<br>Jean<p>----------<br>J-LC Landscaping & Maintenance Gardening<br>C-27 Ca Contr# 770044
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Hmmm... Let's see. 5 pound brass fitting, too many 3&quot; diameter tree stumps sticking up 2 and 1/2&quot; from the ground (I cut at 2 and 3/8&quot;), concrete, plastic sewer clean-out, cast iron sewer clean-outs, bricks (the machines cut them in half), 1 turtle - turtles make a heck-ov-a mess -, lacrosse/tennis balls. The number 1 thing I REALLY hate to run over is... a Yellow Jacket wasp nest, I got stung a minimum of 12 times once... on a hill... with a walkbehind... with the safeties diconnected... creek at the bottom of the hill... with me trying to swat Yellow Jackets while the mower is steady makeing for the water. Yes, I saved the mower from a watery grave.
     
  10. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I've hit lots of stuff but the thing that pisses me off are the wraparound junk like string, fishing line and plastic garbage bags. I pulled a damn bag in and sat under my walkbehind for 25 minutes unravveling the dan thing off my spindles. BTW dead ducks thru the blades smell worse than the sterilized duckshit that hits the muffler.
     

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