Running over pine cones!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by green-pa, May 25, 2007.

  1. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    I have a customer that has about 30-35 30ft+ pine trees for a hedge over 2/3 of her back yard. It's a pain in the butt to trim under and inbetween but I may ask permission to use some killsall or something for that, but anyway, the pine cones are getting crazy now and are all over the place around the grass where I use my mower. I have just been running them over, but I can tell it's not as easy as grass. The question I have is though, can these pine cones mess my mower up, or just maybe dull the blade a little. I'm only there once a week and it's my only customer with cones. So far my mower is doing ok. I've just replaced a wheel and a few other small things. The wheel was my own fault.
  2. Grass Kickin

    Grass Kickin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    They will dull the blades a little. In Florida most of the pine cones I see are bigger than soft balls. I'm not worried about them messing my mower up in fact I like to see how far they shoot out the side. lol
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,260

    And they smell good too!:usflag: :usflag: :usflag:
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  4. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    Yeah, they do at least smell Well I guess I'll just figure on a bit of blade wear but that's it then.
  5. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    We've always just run them over, never noticed any excessive wear and tear on the blades.
  6. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    They are softer then rocks.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    You might turn down the rpm's a bit and go a bit slower, so they don't go ricochet off a tree and hit you back in the head LOL I hate that.
  8. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I have yet to see damage from them too. I have also never had one shoot out so fast it would bounce and hit me in the head. If your discharge is in place it shouldnt fly that high.

    How big is the area ? You should of priced accordingly. My guess is you have a few hundred pine cones on any given visit with that many trees.
  9. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 2,592

    Or bounce off the neighbor's Mustang.:nono:

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