Things we have ran over

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowerdude777, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I sucked up an entire shovel handle into the snowblower. It would have kept going if there wasnt the actually shovel blade on there :laugh:
  2. Promise-Land

    Promise-Land LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    If you have ever seen the dog toy called KONG. A large one was nestled in some 7-8" grass. I was on the Grandstand and saw it at the last second. Too late, felt it hit, looked back after I passed and it was gone. I looked for a good 5minutes and even looked to see if it got wedged under the deck in the baffle or something, it was no where. I finished the back yard at a 3/4 acre home and moved my way to the front. I had to move a small wheelbarrow in the front left by the homeowner and when I did, there it was laying next to the wheelbarrow. Picked it up and looked at it to make sure that was the one. Indeed there was one line where the blade had struck. The KONGs are super tough dense rubber and this one was propelled a good 80 ft to the house and another 30 ft over the house coming to rest another 30-40 ft into the front yard.

  3. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,111

    yea. i hit one of those this week. several marks. no cuts. dang their strong. boxer dogs can still chew it up tho.
  4. procutcampbell

    procutcampbell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Aluminum baseball bat, while riding an old Derby three wheeler. Threw the bat about 200 yards onto a road and into traffic...priceless.
  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Oh, crap. :eek:
  6. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,478

    here in georgia we keep them in the indoor outhouse, they are great for when you run out of TP.:laugh:

  7. snow4me

    snow4me LawnSite Member
    Male, from Barrington IL
    Messages: 119

    My employee ran over a gas line going into a field stone patio fireplace two weeks ago. To make matters worse he ignored it and didn't report it to me.

    I got a call an hour later from my frantic customer saying we ruptured a gas line and her yard smelled of gas. Luckily she called the gas company and they had someone nearby come over and shut it off before something worse could happen.

    The first estimate she got was for $1,200 to take apart the stone and replace the broken pipe and then put the stone back in. I talked to my friend who is a pipe fitter and he told me it was way overbid. She talked to me this week and said she got another quote for $400.

    How would you guys handle this situation with your employee. He's 20 Y.O. new to this business and I am in the process of training him to hopefully become a long term employee...:hammerhead:
  8. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,453

    I too ran over a kong this week they are tough.
  9. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,111

    thats a tough one. i guess it comes down to if it was an honest mistake. could he have not known? if it was an honest mistake, i would go about seeing how he learns from it.
  10. jasonhc73

    jasonhc73 LawnSite Member
    Male, from WICHITA KS
    Messages: 43

    Yesterday I took down a yard that had not been mowed in 2 years, as you can imagine it was more or less a wild field of 4 to 7 feet high. I walked through the yard and picked up 4 rugs, some boards, and a dog house.
    While mowing a relatively short area, 18 to 24 inch high area I was going over and over a spot and kept noticing something hard my wheels where bumping over. After making 5 or 6 passes and finally getting to see the ground I noticed what I had been running over...

    A full blown 4' long pitch fork. It had 4 prongs with 3/4" steel teeth... Gulp. Luckily it had been pushed down into the ground and didn't stick up anywhere. I picked it up and laid it on the front porch. I had my deck up high on 4", so it wasn't getting into anything too bad the entire yard. I saw 2 or 3 racquetballs, a frog, and a couple Frisbees. I did manage to vaporize a 6" PVC elbow that magically appeared, it was crunchy sounding.

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