When one thing goes wrong, everything goes wrong....

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by PicturePerfectLawns, May 1, 2014.

  1. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    Anyone ever have this issue? When one thing goes wrong everything goes wrong. If you lose a customer, you lose a group of customers. If it rains, it rains long enough to rain you out. If you get behind, you don't get behind one lawn, you get behind 20 lawns. If a mower breaks, you fix it and something else breaks. It's just been one of those weeks and I'm ranting.

    Truck, decides to take a crap, after part to part, it's finally fixed.

    Trimmer; the favorite and go to trimmer starts acting up. Drop it off for repair while I use the backup. Pick it up, get to working, same thing happens again. This time I ditch it and buy a new one because I'm in love with this model have the "feel for the trimmer."

    A day later, Toro Turfmaster breaks a pulley, jumps timing in the middle of a job. Now, the Toro Turfmaster that broke a tension pulley and jumped timing. The mower is now fixed, oil and oil filter changed, new blades, air filter changed, pulley changed, spark plug changed, ready to roll.

    Now what could possibly happen?

    All in the same week,

    Today, get reel mower back from the golf coarse mechanic. Reel was back lapped and very sharp and nice. Leaving a sexy looking lawn. Move to the back lawn? And what happens? The freaking old reliable Honda mower decides to lock up.

    Anyone have a week like this? :dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:
     
  2. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If it makes you feel better, I stepped in dog poo today.
     
  3. walkerway

    walkerway LawnSite Member
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    Man I have those days too, its part of it I gets.
     
  4. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    I hope it wasn't as wet as the poo I stepped in after the sprinklers went off this a.m. . :hammerhead:
     
  5. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    I believe so. It's just part of the stress of running a business, and part of owning toys and equipment. I always try and look at the bright side. Hey, the Commercial mowers all fixed and ready to roll. The reel mower has a nice and perfect reel now and is leaving a sexy as hell cut on my lawn. And luckily, this reel is just used on my personal lawn. I made it to Harbor Freights by two minutes before closing at nine and picked up me a cheap engine on sale. I'm gonna drop it on the reel tommorrow, and I think it should hold up at least for just being used on my personal home lawn.
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Be thankful you possess the skills to repair what breaks. Truly screwed is when crap breaks and your dealer says two weeek wait and a price tag slightly less than replacing it outright. Great PM helps minimize problems but stuff still breaks. Getting to the point where you have backup pieces is assuring too. Even if its low end trimmer and a rear engine rider you can still stay on task for a while.
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  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Been there this week and its not over Belt broke on one mower then get that fix another mower throttle cable breaks
    In all trying beat the rain and didn't happen I'm 2 days behind Tomorrow will be catch up I hope if nothing breaks + Working Saturday again Looking like Sunday be landscaping But the $$$$ keeps coming in

    One good thing happen today I bought a $400 chain hoist for $50 at a yard sale Then my Cousin offer me $200 for it I said nope
     
  8. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    I know where your coming from. And PM is not a problem for me. I go beyond PM. And when I say beyond, I mean beyond. Everything on the equipment stays changed at intervals hours and hours before the manual even calls for it. I believe if you work your equipment hard, you should maintenance it hard. I just got our home lawn on a good fert. / mowing schedule, I'm hoping I can drop this HF engine on the reel tomorrow without running into any adapter or cable fitting issues though! It's a bummer right after you get the reel back lapped and nice and sharp! :hammerhead::hammerhead:
     
  9. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    Nothing like them yard sales. I can't wait for the day I come across a "rich homeowner" commercial unit at yard sale prices. :drinkup: You'd be surprised, last time I was picking some parts up at the dealer a homeowner was asking me my opinion the the 8,500.00 ZT he was buying. Wait for the day he decides to yard sell that thing when he decides he's got too much money to mow his lawn and hires one of us and puts that thing up at a yard sell. :cool2:
     
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Today came across a WB Sears 3.8 Edger that look like new a 400 dollar unit for 60 bucks The owner said only edge there drive and walk still has the same blade when they bought it last spring
     

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