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Worst stuck......

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Killswitch, May 5, 2006.

  1. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Jesus.....So Im at a new customer, nice sub, million dollar homes with a builder installed sod job.

    Made about five passes vertical on the front, pull up by the front foor where theres sod up to the home and no landscaping or hardscaping yet and my JD 757 sinks two feet in the clay.

    So an hour and a 100 dollar tow bill later Im going again. I trimmed the overgrown thing while I waited. As Im walking to the truck with my trimmer the lady across the street comes and bitches me out for parking in front of her house. I was parked across the street cuz I knew I had to vertical cut this thing the first time. Or I was going too.

    Then....unbeknownst to me there was two separate phone cables buried in the grass across his lawn in two spots in the back going to neighbors. They have been there since lastseptember. They are swiss cheese. At least two people and probably more lost phone and cable service. I notified the client and the neighbor I could tell lost service.

    Get to the truck and a previous cut that days calls. I nicked some black edging I need to replace. The client I was to be at after the one I got buried at had called bitching that I was late.

    I got builders, phone companies and cable companies doing shoddy work all over on million dollar properties and I get a call about a two dollar piece of edging, and Im an hour late.

    Just one of those days.

    Whats your worst stuck>? I wish I had my camera.

    Oh....Im gonna park in front of that ladys house every time I go to this house now. I may even take my lunch there on days when Im not cutting that one.

    Im thinking a big yellow smily face about four feet square leaned against my trailer facing this nuts house should go oever real well.
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Well see I keep telling you guys to PUT at least a 100-foot TREE rope in your truck, or some kind of a very long and strong rope but it has to be at least a thousand pounds test. Another way to say it is, the rope should be strong enough where single-stranded if you tie your truck to a tree, your tires will spin and smoke long before the rope breaks (but watch it, I usually lean WAY down in the seat when I'm pulling that hard just in case it does snap - you want your head and body way BELOW the window when pulling hard, back or front window doesn't matter).

    Back in my first year or two I had my 52" in the ditch a few times and even thou it's only a Wb, that joker weighs 500 pounds and once it is stuck you are not getting it out any faster than the Z.

    So, open truckbox and line up the truck and tie one end to Wb and the other to the truck and SLOWLY pull it out (you do have to watch it and be careful because once it is unstuck it will move FAST).

    20 minutes later and never a tow bill it is still very frustrating, but I also haven't got one stuck in years since.
    For one, I got rid of the 500-lb. 52" behemoth and replaced it with the 300-lb. 48" turf machine.
    So it gets better with time.

    Bonus: With that rope you can help someone out if they're stuck, might get you a fast 20 dollars but only if they ask you first lol

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Dang, you make appointments to mow?????

    I almost always park in front of another house or across the street...makes it easier to blow everything off.
  4. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    I never have a problem with suck Z-Turns.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Really sorry you had a bad day Killswitch
    Really I am............Crybaby!...
    JK really
  6. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Good advice TS. I do carry a 25 foot tow strap I've used twice getting involved with those F'ing culverts. But I was able to get on the lawn since it was a commercial loser site I do.

    The tow truck guy suggested at least a come along which made sense to me.

    I dont make appointments so to speak but I have one eccentric client that needs to know when Im coming within an hour or so....

    She's a lucrative client thats worth 400 a week between her and her sisters place so...ya know?
  7. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Well hell. If you're 6'7" and 330 you can pull them out by hand.

  8. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    :cry: Youda probably hooked your mantis tiller to it and pulled me right out.

  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yup, got one or two just like that, they are crazy and wild and hard to deal with but they always pay so good that they literally take the spot of 3-4 average customers. Hard to say no, just do the best you can and nod your head and smile a lot. I wouldn't park in front of the other lady's house on purpose (seriously man), but if my high-stakes customer said DO IT, then I probably would lol. NO do not 'help' your customer force you to park there dangit, just I'm saying if it happens but I would try and avoid further confrontation, it ain't worth it if you can help it.

    I will give you this much: At least you had the sense and initiative to call the towtruck. By the way, I had my truck break down on me about a month ago, my tow bill was only 55, so it might pay to shop around for a tow place for some time into the future. Then again, I paid another 200 for a dang manual fuel-pump repair but I didn't know what the problem was and they did get it fixed that same day. One can only complain so much but in the end at least we both got ourselves going again.
  10. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    I had a T200 bobcat burried over the top of the tracks. Those track machines will go through lots of muck but if you sink you can forget about it. Trust me when I say it takes a big tow truck to get bobcat out of a lake bed.

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