All fired up and have to vent

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimbo, Sep 10, 2002.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Man I am worn out this year.

    Last month I couldn't remember to put the trailer gate up. Two instances where I pulled off with it down.

    This month I put 21 hours on my ZTR without even taking off the trailer. How is that possible you might ask. Well with all these stupid saftey switches (brake must be set, levers must be out, before getting off the seat etc) I get off the seat and the machine dies....I think nothing of it and walk away with the key accidentally in the on position.


    Two nights in a row and 21 hours later.

    Sorry had to vent. Anyone else with similar problems?
  2. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I did the trailer gate thing, sure am glad nobody saw or heard it, very embaressing
  3. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    worn out? and its only just beginning. where we are the toughest part of the year is comming up. wont be done for another 3 and a half months. i feel your pain pal, i feel like im 70 yrs old. in march im ready to go, eager, strong, durable, by august im no damn good, beat up, tired, run down. be careful!
  4. Fvstringpicker

    Fvstringpicker LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,663

    If the truth be known, I think most of us has done the tailgate thing.
  5. hustlers

    hustlers LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 257

    not as much motivation, but cool weather i can
    work longer periods, get a little slack on weedwhipping though
  6. Jerrys Lawn Service

    Jerrys Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    Been there, done that! On Scags Saber Tooth Tiger the hour meter won't run unless there is oil pressure. Sorry about the 21 hours, mine was more like 30 before the battery died. Just my luck to do it on a Sat, then found the dead battery Mon. morning ouch!

  7. The Mowerdude

    The Mowerdude LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    I did the tailgate thing a couple of years ago. The trailer I was using had a big tool cage on the front and I couldn't see the gate. To make matters worse, it was the last yard of the day and I had about 10 miles of interstate to go to get home.

    I kept thinking: 'Why are all these people looking at me like I'm stupid or something?"

    You would have thought that someone would have tried to let me know, but NOOOOOOOOOOO, they were having too much fun!

    I felt real bad about it until one day, I say an OTR truck driver buddy of mine do the same thing with those huge ramps they have on a lowboy trailer. I felt better after that.:)
  8. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    almost had my rear enclosed trlr door fall on a car because I forgot to latch I do a walk around EVERY time I'm ready to far so good...and yes I've left the key on a couple when I shut off I'm in a routine where I pull the key and put it in my pocket ...every time...having one of these heavy things sitting there dead and trying to jump start it is something I never want to do again....but I'msure I'll do something stupid soon ...I think many of us are a bit 'burnt' out like the turf....been a challenging year in a number of ways...not the least if which the never ending god awful heat and dryness
  9. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    I have done the trailer gate more than once. Never more than a few feet. I always have the window open and could hear it.

    Running down the big road with it down now that has got to be prime. :D

    Another LCO around here drove 35 miles with out his trailer and didn't know it. Got to town, he lived way out in the county, pulls up to his first job gets out and :dizzy: :dizzy: :cry:
    Drives home to get it.

  10. The Mowerdude

    The Mowerdude LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    Now, you gotta admit. When a man is so oblivious that he doesn't eve realize that he hasn't brought the trailer along, it might be time to be looking for something else to do.

    Well, I'm not that bad, but there have been a number of times when we'd pull up to the first job and I'd find that I'd forgotten the keys to the trimmer racks.

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