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loaded guns!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sirsweatsalot, Oct 10, 2002.

  1. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 296

    well today out mowing the guy i work with was cutting grass next to a busy road. i was weed wacking. i wasn't there at the time but i noticed a guy pull up in his truck and not look real happy. i walked over to see what was going on and saw that the mower threw a rock out into to road where this guy was driving by and the rock went through the side of his pick-up. needless to say he was not happy about his new hole. but i was gald it was not a person!
  2. Mow&Snow

    Mow&Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Sometimes it's easy to forget how much power these mowers have....
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    ive slung rocks so hard it was scary.
    but i dont believe i ever sent anything out that would go thru the side of a pick up. not impossible ,but id be looking real hard to make sure hes not being scammed.yes theres some that would try it. seems hard to believe ,but ive seen people go all out to pull the con . hope the mower had insurance.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    That is the beautiful thing about mulck kits.
  5. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    I haven't thrown any rocks since adjusting my deck to the proper cutting height. I can see probably throwing rocks if you're scalping the ground. Sometimes scalping is required I know as in the fall care of Bermuda but, I try to cut all of my lawns higher (3-4.5). I saw some guys cutting a shopping center yesterday and stopped to watch because they were kicking up some major dust clouds. This was very poor grass (where there was grass) and there were major bare areas with red clay and lots of rocks. They were cutting really close and I'm sure they threw some rocks. My blades would have been shut down over the bare areas or I'd avoid them but hey, I own MY equipment.
  6. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    amazin what some people willdo with these mowers. ive wondered how they get thru a season without killing somebody.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    A couple of years ago one of my guys had a rock come out from under his mower while mowing at the end of a customer's driveway. The rock went right through the windshield on an oncoming car (driver's side).

    The woman driving the car was an Assistant Prosecutor in the county I live in and her husband is an attorney (well known, too).

    Needless to say, I paid that out-of-pocket real quick like.
  8. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    I just about laid some kid out mowing accross the street from one of my accounts last week hes mowing into the street by my truck and i got hit in the face by something the guy was an idiot
  9. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    The stupidist thing I have seen to date (relating to our profession) was the time I noticed a guy on a ZTR mowing at the top of a bank (ditch) while his helper was mowing down in the bottom with a 22". The guy on the ZTR had the discharge pointed towards the bottom of the ditch (instead of the street) and was obviously getting a huge kick out of 'spraying' his helper with clippings, dust, ect...because he was looking at the poor helper,...and LAUGHING HIS AZZ OFF! What was really amazing was that the discharge chute of the ZTR was LEVEL WITH THE HELPER'S HEAD AND LESS THAN 6 FEET FROM IT! I damn near had a stroke/heart attack just witnessing this 'major lapse in judgement'. :eek:

    This bank/ditch was along side a main road in my neighborhood, and a corner lot with a 4-way stop sign at the corner...and we know how this is a prime spot for litterbugs to toss cans, bottles, ect. out of their car windows. Plenty of nice little jagged missles to choose from.......

    I guess the dummy on the ZTR figured it was easier to cleanup a hole in his helper's head or replace his helper's eyeball...than it was to either 1) wait until his helper was finished down in the ditch or 2) blow the grass off of the street when he was finished.

    If I was the 'helper' of that guy on the ZTR I would have added his teeth to the rest of the trash along the curb! No job is worth that kind of extremely dangerous abuse. :angry:

    And we wonder why 'good' help is getting scarce. :(
  10. Bill Davis

    Bill Davis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    that is the kind of stuff that makes us look unprofessional and stupid.

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