Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Your House Soon...Soon
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Had to gut a house years ago and the national wouldn't accept our mowing bid. About 2 acres in a small town, grass was over 3' with debris hidden everywhere. This was late June and hot and dusty.
Guy in his 60s shows up with his wife in a nice Ford truck and trailer, but with a 42" Craftsman rider. They look at the yard, talk awhile and then finally unload the mower. This was about 9 in the morning. The sun was setting when they called it quits. He made three trips for parts-first time he ran over rebar and bent the blades; 2nd trip he sliced a tire; third trip was to try and find some more belts.
He could only cut a few feet at once, since everytime he dropped the deck the grass would bog the motor down and smoke the belts. The entire day all we heard was the guy engaging the deck then creeping forward, followed by a loud squall and then disengaging the deck...over and over and over. The wife tried walking in front of him with a weedeater in order to shorten the grass a bit...
We gave them both water and lunch. They signed up with this national to supplement his retirement and he had done 7 jobs his first week, and all were 70-150 miles one way. He was mowing this yard for $125 sight unseen, and tearing the ****e out of his equipment, not to mention beating the sides of his new F150 with sweet gum balls. No money for walking the yard or removing debris.
He should have cut his loss as soon as he pulled up by just taking his wife to see some local sites and lunch and call it a day. I believe that was his last job for them.