Things we have ran over

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

  1. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    ide get one of those full flip down face sheilds like used by tree trimmers , stihl sells some . plus put sheild on whip .
  2. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    A piece of 1'' x 6" rebar with the 36'', worst noise I ever heard.....screwed the blades up.....
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    My personal favorite is any type of pipe or tube that has water pressure behind it. :cry:
  4. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 695

    Funny you bring that up. A buddy of mine hit a 11/2 stub out for irrigation with the trimmer, and in an instant he was drenched. He called me to fix it and I went and had a great laugh. 2 days later the same thing happened to me at one of my customers.

  5. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,584

    I hit a ground rod(laying flat on the ground) with the bush hog on the Bobcat and it bent it all kinds of different ways. The lady's property I was mowing saw it laying on the fourwheeler(what we use to carry tools) and wanted to know what it was and if it was still useable.. :laugh:
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah I tell you, and anyone else who doesn't know, any kind of that PCV (or is it PVC) plastic?
    Siding on a house, irrigation systems, any of that kind of plastic + trimmer string = Bad news.

    Even at very low speed that string will cut through that plastic like a hot knife through butter, all you do is barely touch it I kid you not.
    Rule number one: Don't go near it!

    Rule number two brings the good news...
    You can get parts and DIY fix, Lowe's / Home Depot sells:
    But before you head out there you'll have to know the pipe diameter :p
    And, shut the water off.

    Then get:
    A hacksaw (hardware or tools, I guess)
    A bottle of each, primer and glue. (Plumbing!)
    And look around but they make small 2-3 inch long plastic pipe fittings
    especially designed for 'splicing' cut pipes.

    So then head back out, cut the pipe with the hacksaw so you got two clean and straight ends.
    Apply primer, wait a minute for that to dry, then the glue, set it all together, splice and all.
    Wait 5 minutes.
    Turn the water on AND check for leaks!

    The primer and the glue is the worst, the splice piece is like 30 cents I think but you can use the primer / glue multiple times.

    The fix really isn't hard, I kid around a lot but this really is pretty easy DIY fix,
    might want to buy several splice pieces to keep in the truck just in case.

    Hope that helps someone out.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2009
  7. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    That sounds like it would be a hassel to clean up
  8. lawnjocky

    lawnjocky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    You name it, Ive hit it. Here's three that stick out in my mind.

    While shredding I hit a mice/rat nest. They were jumping all over the mower for about 30 second's.

    Found an aerosol can while mowing that blew up and shot a fireball out.

    Cut off a live gas pipe while mowing an empty trailer park. Guardian angels were working overtime that day.
  9. beegreenlandcare

    beegreenlandcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Lets see, been in the biz since ' 93 so I've hit ALOT. The best was a dead crow-boy that stunk! Baby bunnies, frogs, snakes, baseballs, socks, gloves, shoes, pieces of asphalt, golf balls, frisbies and a rubber bone dog toy - boy I thought for sure it was gonna break that window when it hit! Probably the most damaging was when my wife hit (what was supposed to be) a flush headstone at the cemetary-almost bent that blade to 90*! Also many years ago I hit a empty plastic 2 L. soda bottle and sent that sailing across a parking lot, almost hitting a guy standing by his car at the gas station we where mowing. kinda wierd 'cause it came out from under the deck on the closed side-:confused:I guess I'm just lucky!:laugh:
  10. lyube

    lyube LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,597

    Dog poop
    tennis balls
    Parkng lot steel 'minders' (hidden in tall grass!)
    ant hills
    steel rebar
    chevy engine
    Toro ZTR
    Fellow employees
    Steel pipe
    Sprinkler heads
    dead fish-made smell WORSE
    wd40 bottles

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