Rookie mistakes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by zechstoker, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    OK rookies. The first thing to remember is to ALWAYS turn the power switch to the "ON" position BEFORE you try to start the engine. :D That or buy trimmers with a kill switch that springs back so it's always in the on position.
  2. tibetbutlersm

    tibetbutlersm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    New to the forum and this was the first topic I opened. Its funny that I have been doing this for almost 10 years now and every time I have to jump off of the mower to help with weed trimming I do the same thing every time I told myself today that I had to be the only dumb *** to make a rookie mistake like this. Thank you for making me wrong :D
  3. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,321

    Or when you go to grab a trimmer off the rack first thing in the morning and its still locked, and I'm there shaking and yanking and it won't come off.
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  4. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    I've been guilty of that on more than one occasion. Haha
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  5. Shawn S

    Shawn S LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    Is that before or after you roll out of bed?
  6. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,739

    Sometimes when i'm aware of people in the windows of their homes and i realize that i've been pulling with the switch off, i pretend to do something clever to fix the problem, like fiddle with the fuel line or adjust something. During a very stressful time when i had equipment in storage, i drove to my first job with no equipment. Now that probably looked really silly to the people in the window. I think i may have walked the front yard to pretend to make a decision about cutting it:)
  7. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,237

    That's funny :laugh::laugh: I have done that before lol
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 41,975

    LOL, whenever make stupid mistakes like forgetting to turn the trimmer on, I always take the air cleaner off and fiddle with something so I don't look so stupid.

    One of the new guys was cranking on the trimmer right after I gave him the 10 minute "talk." watched him until I was concerned about the trimmer's safety, then I casually walked over and flipped the switch on.
  9. mwservice's

    mwservice's LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Yeah it took me awhile to figure out the new speed feed. But once i got
    it man! those things are nice.
  10. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    One time I worked for about 20 minutes trying to screw in the bolt holding the blade on a new stick edger. I finally realized that the bolt was "left handed" and I was turning it the wrong way. :hammerhead:

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