Mowing for Free

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jim_g, May 23, 2005.

  1. jim_g

    jim_g LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I was in a hurry, mowing a customer's lawn on a Sunday (not my preference) before the next two days of rain, I got careless enough to clip a corner of a sandbox with my Wright Stander. It left a small open gash in the plastic side.

    The lady was trying to be cool about it, but I have to replace it.

    Lawn, underbid at $50 a cut. Sandbox, $60.

    This has got my goat because it was utter carelessness on my part.

    Anybody else blow it like that recently? What's the worse thing you ever damaged/destroyed?
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    wort for me was a $300 glass door, a few times.
  3. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    Walk-behind got away from me one time. It hit the quarter panel on a customers car that was in the driveway and put $550 dent in it.
  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    If all it was is a sixty dollar sand box your not doing too bad.
  5. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    I'd replace it, take the old one away, repair it and give it to charity. You'll recover some of your loss and a needy kid or two will get a perfectly good sandbox.

    I haven't damaged anything of value yet.
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    their homeowners would have covered it.
  7. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    A $60 sandbox????? Only a complete moron would turn that in to their homeowners insurnace. Besides who has no deductable?
  8. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    Shot a rock thru a $800 custom window :cry:
  9. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    Why the hell should their insurance cover it? I thought the whole reason that professionals carried insurance was to cover any damage they did. If I break something, I am responsible for fixing it, not the homeowner.

    Even if I had damaged my own $60 sandbox and even if I had some crazy homeowner's insurance with a $5 deductible, I sure as hell wouldn't file a claim. That's insane.
  10. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    3 years of cutting and no damage except for a few septic pipe heads. knock on wood.

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