What have you hit?

all ferris

LawnSite Bronze Member
belleville IL
I was just curious if I'm the only one who comes across "hidden" objects under the leaves while I'm mowing? So far this year I got a garden hose, numerous toys, dog chain, beer bottles/cans, and the best one was the news paper that made a terrible mess. Come to think of it, I think all these items were at apartment buildings.


LawnSite Member
Rochester NY
I can relate for sure. From coat-hangers, golf balls, my glove (long story but luckly my hand wasn't in it) the usual rocks and stumps none of which sound pretty.

33" troy-bilt
48" encore
2 echo SRM-210 straight shaft trimmers
one 5hp honda leaf blower, one 4hp leaf blower
homlite backpack blower (i don't know why it's lasted so long and still runs great)
22" hedge trimmer
3hp edger
earthway commerical spreader
5hp chipper
10" brick saw
trim mower
22" dethatcher
2 parents that say school comes first (yeah like that will ever happen my brain only thinks about one thing, landscaping)


LawnSite Senior Member
Burlington, Ia
I think the worst buried object I ever hit was a 5/8" socket. Came flying out from under my Lawnboy. Missed my face by about 2 feet. That scared the living crap outta me. Of course it to was at an apartment complex. Another time I was there, I came narrowly close to running over a STEAK knife. And complex owners wonder why we charge so much.
had to mention it did'nt you ..... just today, me and a worker were mowing.. he hit a rock that was under a swing set and covered in leaves.. so changed that blade... so i went back there and was mowing in a different spot BAM i hit 2 rocks.. so ya that was wonderful... 3 gator BLADES GONE! i hate leaves for that reason.... but i have hit golf balls, base balls, 1 newspaper boy was that fun LOL.... thats all i can think of off the top of my head/....


LawnSite Bronze Member
Wasn't in leaves just tall grass. I hit a lrg quick coupler impact sprinkler like the ones on the opening credits to Caddy Shack. Made a lot of noise and destroyed blades. I had checked the area first for bottles and such and didn't see it.


LawnSite Silver Member
Morgantown, WV
Clearing brush one time and ran over a nest of bunny rabbits with the Outback Billy Goat..never even bogged down. On the mowing side, it's hard to keep track sometimes.My favorite today was a large mushroom, about 6" across, it just exploded everywhere...