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How bad are the losers in lawn care?


LawnSite Bronze Member
Westside Oregon
It's only about once per two months that I lose or forget a piece of equipment.

Most often, its my pruning hand saw, which I always drive back for.

So far, I'm just a small loser.

I don't think that I've forgotten a piece of landscape construction equipment.

Once, I forgot a chainsaw, and the lady put it at the curb overnight and left me a message - now that was a loss. Two hundred bucks worth - my only real lost item. So that's on the pruning end of things.

How's it work out in the lawn care phase of work. Anybody run into a common item that gets lost or forgotten?


LawnSite Senior Member
snips that I use to cut/snip triimer line off spool.....then i got smart and welded a small chain to the snips and to the trimmer line spool holder.


LawnSite Fanatic
Rakes and tarps, sometimes a sweater :cry:

As for silly stuff, when I go swap equipment I always leave the used one idle for a minute while I start the new one so the engine cools (especially the Wb)... More than a few times have I gone off string trimming, come back 15 minutes later and there's the Wb just putt-putting along :laugh:

Because I don't carry extra fuel onboard I tend to run short on fuel somedays but I've never ran out.
Once or twice I ran short of trimmer string, that rarely happens anymore (I carry the whole 3 lb. spool lol).
> btw you can 'cut' string with a lighter :)
Sometimes I forget to fill up a sprayer with mix.
The edger I've forgotten at home, that one sux, gtg back 4 it.

First day out cutting grass this year I didn't have my string trimmer with me, but it was ok since the Wb decided to crap out on me anyhow lol, it's one of the reasons I like to get started kinda early, make sure everything's ship shape before things really get going.

My first year was really bad, I'd fill the rest of this page if I listed it all.


LawnSite Bronze Member
I just started receiving calls from previous customers, it's really not even beginning yet here we still have some snow on the ground and the yards are soaking wet, anyway. I forgot how to answer the phone, I don't have my new prices on the tip of my tongue. I take notes but forget little things like the day of the appointment.. have to phone back. lol. Takes me a week of heavy phone calls to get the hang of it in the spring.


LawnSite Senior Member
MA z6
if i don't dbl check EVERYTHING my helpers will leave something behind. 21 yr old guys and they're borderline ********. 2 rakes @ my mother-in-law's the other day, that inspires confidence.....


LawnSite Fanatic
Washington DC
I've set countless # knives and feclos , pliers,m and small tools on the bumper of a truck or on the side rails only to forget it and drive away....

I've probably thrown away a few rakes and hand tools at the landfill.

Key it to have a place for everything such that when you are done, a quick glance can tell you everything is where it needs to be.


LawnSite Bronze Member
I will lose 3 or 4 pair of sunglasses a year. either lay them on top of my truck or on top of my tool chest on my trailer. The just drive off.