The story of me getting stuck in the mud.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LouisianaLawnboy, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yesterday I was cutting a field. It was high in some places and low in others. Well three days before it had rained sooooooooooo I hit a low, wet spot and got stuck. We tried unsuccessfully to get my mower out. I decided to try to pull it out with the truck, so I backed it in and it got stuck too. Eventually, I called a tow truck, so the guy gets out there hooks up to the truck and begins to winch it out. He also got stuck and gets out the truck and tells me, with a laugh that this will cost me waaaay more than the 125.00 he had quoted, because now he has to call a tow truck to tow him. We get back to work, all the while I'm praying that it would be no more than 200.00 and that the Lord change his heart. Me and my helper get back in the truck, while the guy is towing us out and we pray again. The other tow truck pulls all three of us out. Well the foreman comes to me and says, "Ready to here what are your damages. It's going to be 200.00 even, Bub." So I follow him to an ATM, and am giving him the money when he tells me that he normally charges 450.00-500.00 to what he did. I know it was the Lord, then he asks me to come cut his grass for 40.00.

    I also have emerceny, blah, blah insurance. Come to find out they are going to send me a check for 100.00 after I showed them the invoice, with no ?s asked. Also the customer gave me a 40.00 because she felt sorry for me.
  2. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    all that matters is that at the end of every day, you give thanks and credit to where it was due!
  3. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    Yes. Thank the Lord.
  4. Green Machine Mowing

    Green Machine Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    between the insurance and coustomer, your only $60 in the hole from it. however you now have a new customer, from who you will make that $60 back from in 2 weeks, and one hell of a story, id say you came out about as well as possable :cool2:
  5. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    I don't know if he will continue with my services, or if it was just a one-timer. I will though, definetely be sending out some of my chocolate fudge to my customer, and tow guy along with a personal thank you card.

    Does anybody have a story along the lines of this????
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    This is a good lesson for anyone who has not yet gotten stuck, because it's only a matter of time...
    I'd say I have had to rescue my machine out of the ditch or the mud on average about once a year,
    never once did it cost me except the first time, never once did it take more than 2 hours (thou at least 20 minutes).

    What is needed is at least 100 feet (but 200 is better) of a tough (10,000 lbs. test) tree climber's, or rescue rope.
    With a long enough rope, the truck stays on the blacktop, simply tie one end around the ball, the other end around the machine.
    Get in the truck and lightly start giving it some gas, it does take time and paying careful attention, because the rope stretches!

    But here would be my rope of choice, the price is per foot:

    Sterling HTP Static 1/2" (12.7mm) Dry White
    A two person/general use rescue rope. High performance, with a MBS over 10,000 pounds. Its low elongation makes it perfect for rescue haul systems and highline use. 48 carrier sheath construction gives this rope super durability and suppleness, which makes it appropriate for tower construction, short haul helicopter rescue, high angle technical rescue, confined space and industrial safety applications. Certified to NFPA 1983, 2006 edition for general.

    Yes sir, never again be faced with who knows how many hours of down time, and dictate your own equipment rescue bill.

    You might also, if you have some friends in the tree climbing business, be able to gain a free or cheap 'used' rope,
    they're usually frayed to a point they're not safe anymore but most still have a TON of strength left in them.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2009
  7. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks. I was thinkin more on the lines of a steel cable, but your saying this is strong enough to "rescue" a full grown 50" Gravely ZTR?

    Also, when I go to purchase it asks me for quantity. I guess that means how many feet I want???
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I "rescue" my 60" Warrior Ztr with my "used" frayed 200 footer just dandy, it does take 30-45 minutes, maybe an hour or two.
    A buddy of mine gave it to me when I first started 7-odd years ago, the rope was used and frayed then.
    It is so strong, no matter how much gas I give the truck it doesn't snap but!!!

    As the rope stretches you still need to adhere to certain safety precautions, because if it were to snap it's going
    to let loose like a 200-foot rubber band and anyone standing in the way could get killed or seriously injured.

    Way I do it is I make sure the area is clear of anyone except myself, then if the rope starts to really stretch good
    I lay myself across the seats so my body is below the rear window of the cab (which the rope might come flying through
    if it were to snap)... And it could still hurt me from flying glass, but one has to be out of the direct flight path of the rope.
    The entire time you have to watch out for people who might come strolling along, or traffic, just have to take your time
    and always let them pass before proceeding.
    Which, it never has broken.

    Then there's the issue of the hydros, they'll keep your Z glued but there are ways to bypass this, ask if you need help.
    Makes me wonder if the guy in the tow truck knew about that :p

    As for ordering, seeing how this involves more than a few bucks I would go
    ahead and call them to be sure, thou it most likely is 200 feet x $0.99
    plus shipping, i think
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2009
  9. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    I think the best story was the one about taking a mower down a bunch of steps to the back yard and not being able to get it back up. Then coming back to find the mower missing. Then finding out your mower messed up the neighbors fence and yard. If any one remembers that one I think it is time for a rerun.
  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,501

    I would think if the tow truck got stuck, that was HIS problem and not yours:confused::hammerhead:

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