Stupid Move of the Day

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Canadian GreenScape, May 7, 2004.

  1. Canadian GreenScape

    Canadian GreenScape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    Yesterday I was mowing a large commercial account with my JD 4100, it was the first time ive used it for mowing and was bombing around nicely at a good clip. Well I go under a poplar tree and not even thinking that I have a roll bar sticking up two feet above my head. The next thing I know theres a crack sound and a branch 2.5" in diameter is falling on my head. It just missed my noggin but caught my ear and took some skin off it. Boy did I feel stupid. And thinking back it could have been alot worse even fatal. What a way to learn a lesson. :blush:
  2. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Don't feel bad...I did the same thing the first time I used my Exmark.I ripped a large limb from a tree.Fortunately,the tree was in my yard.
    I loosened the bolts and folded the roll bar down and out of the way.I'll just be real careful when mowing on slopes.
  3. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I did that once when grading. The 3 inch branch hit me right in the back of the head. Everything was fuzzy for a few minuntes. Thank god i built my roll bar mounted light bar out of 1/4" steel. So far light bar 5, trees 0. Or i would have broken it.
  4. LynyrdSkynyrd

    LynyrdSkynyrd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    No need to feel stupid.

    Everyone has to go through a learning process when they start operating equipment for the first time. At least that tree limb will not be in the way next time you mow.

    I operated my Lazer for two weeks at home before i put it on the first job. Still ended up having to get a tow truck to pull it back up a hill that it slide over. It was not studid that it slide over the bank. My stupid was I kept trying to get it unstuck which only made it slide farther. $60.00 to have it pulled out took three weeks of mowing that yard to recope the cost of the tow truck.
  5. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Lynyrd you should get a customer who owns a tow truck and trade work. LOL I have gotten my stander stuck a couple of times when it sank into mud. Thank god I had my Kubota this year. I can lift it out with the loader or drag it out in 4WD. Before, i used to used a JD 312 with weights and chains to pull it out or my neighors JD farm tractor if i got the JD 312 stuck too.
  6. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    Sounds like some of the stuff I have done as well. I took out a temporary power line with a back hoe once. I had just gone under it once and I decided sense I was just using the loader I would lock the hoe up in place.Well that put the hoe up just enough higher so when I went back under the wire BOOM scared the daylights out of me.
  7. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Luckily it was a poplar limb and not a hickory or oak..ouch!! Glad you are OK. I was mowing on a WB a few years ago, and hit an unseen guide wire for a telephone pole..almost threw me from the velke and hurt like hell.Most of them around here have a yellow plastic sleeve over them at least 5 feet up from the ground, not that one..lesson learned-look where you are going...TWICE.....LOL!!!<a href='' target='_blank'><img src='' border=0></a>
  8. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    Been ther, done that. Dont feel bad, it happens more than were willing to admit
  9. Advance Lawncare

    Advance Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I made the neatest water fountain one time.

    all it took was a grasshopper 721D and the main valve for an irrigation system

    thankfully I had the stuff in the truck to get it fixed while the customer wasn't there.

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