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  • #16
    I made it home in one piece today.

    No burns, no poop, and no ants either.

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    • #17
      OK. I can't complain. At least I only mangled the cutting edge of my blade.

      I'm just glad I took my older mower today instead of the brand new one!
      It was an older mower but still cut great. Gonna see if we can't patch it back up, had that mower for years.

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      • #18
        Thread revival. I can look back and laugh now.


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        • #19
          Looking back over the older posts, do you see a lot of growth and lessons learned from all these experiences?
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          • #20
            Looking back over the older posts, do you see a lot of growth and lessons learned from all these experiences?
            What I've learned:


            Never, ever place your keys in the truck unless it's in the ignition. (my doors won't lock with the key in ignition)

            Never, ever attempt to hide your identity by searing off your thumbprint on a hot muffler. It hurts.

            Don't step in dog poop. If you do, seriously consider dropping the offending client.

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            • #21
              When I'm away from my truck and lock it up i put the key in the side compartment in the bed at the back the 05 and newer tacomas have this im glad because ive always worried about locking my keys in and walking home lol.

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              • #22
                Why bother locking your vehicle? All the good stuff to steal is in the back, i.e. your equipment.

                Ok, maybe not for all of you, but for me it's true.
                "oh, you want to take advantage of my unlocked door and rifle through the belongings in my truck? Feel free. If you need some napkins, I got you. Oh yeah, you can go ahead and take the faceplate off of a 7 year old radio. You're thirsty? Great, I got a water bottle in there somewhere."


                That's about it. I just leave all my windows down and leave the keys right on the seat. Nobody can drive it because it's a stick shift. I don't want my truck to be all hot when I get back, so why not? Anything to steal is in the bed anyway.
                Besides, if by some freak accident, a projectile goes flying towards my truck, I would MUCH prefer it not break glass.

                Some days are just crappy though. One time I was mowing for a first time client. It was tall grass. I was mowing..mowing..all good. I'm trimming..trimming...trimming...oh **** my trimming hit a pile of dog **** and spit it ALL over me. It was concealed perfectly in the tall grass. Man, I had the owner pay for dry cleaning my work clothes (LOL) and pay me double for the lawn.

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                • #23
                  Why bother locking your vehicle? All the good stuff to steal is in the back, i.e. your equipment.

                  Ok, maybe not for all of you, but for me it's true.
                  "oh, you want to take advantage of my unlocked door and rifle through the belongings in my truck? Feel free. If you need some napkins, I got you. Oh yeah, you can go ahead and take the faceplate off of a 7 year old radio. You're thirsty? Great, I got a water bottle in there somewhere."


                  That's about it. I just leave all my windows down and leave the keys right on the seat. Nobody can drive it because it's a stick shift. I don't want my truck to be all hot when I get back, so why not? Anything to steal is in the bed anyway.
                  Besides, if by some freak accident, a projectile goes flying towards my truck, I would MUCH prefer it not break glass.

                  Some days are just crappy though. One time I was mowing for a first time client. It was tall grass. I was mowing..mowing..all good. I'm trimming..trimming...trimming...oh **** my trimming hit a pile of dog **** and spit it ALL over me. It was concealed perfectly in the tall grass. Man, I had the owner pay for dry cleaning my work clothes (LOL) and pay me double for the lawn.

                  If I'm in certain areas, I lock the back too! (truck cap)

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                  • #24
                    If I'm in certain areas, I lock the back too! (truck cap)
                    truck cap? How do you feel about those? Of course, you will have a biased opinion because you have one, but I'm curious.

                    I feel like they could be useful, but also restricting because of the roof

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                    • #25
                      truck cap? How do you feel about those? Of course, you will have a biased opinion because you have one, but I'm curious.

                      I feel like they could be useful, but also restricting because of the roof
                      There's your answer!

                      I'm not "biased", I just use the setup that works best for me.

                      For someone who wants to haul dirt, mulch, debris back there, a cap is obviously not going to work.
                      I work solo and I'm 45, so I really don't do a lot of hardcore, back-breaking work because I still need to be able to WORK, and can't risk hurting myself by overdoing it.
                      If I need to haul away debris, I have my trailer.

                      So far it has worked just fine for me. All my tools are in the truck bed and out of the elements. Some days I use the cargo carrier in the receiver to haul the push mower rather than dragging a trailer around, so I need all my other tools to stay in the bed.
                      I keep them there even if I'm towing my trailer with the walk behind and push mower. No trimmer racks on the trailer - none needed. It's best to keep the hand tools in the place that works for both setups - nothing gets forgotten and it's all in the same place every day regardless of the "towing" situation.

                      I like the fact that my tools aren't "out there" for the world to see. The risk of theft is reduced, while keeping them handy, and out of the elements.

                      It works for me. It would not work for a lot of others.



                      Truck with trailer...





                      Truck with carrier...





                      Partial view of bed with tools...

                      Last edited by Hedgemaster; 07-01-2013, 11:08 AM.

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                      • #26
                        That's pretty well done. I agree. I like the uniformity of it. It's still a truck, but looks more refined. Just curious, what Toro push mower is that?

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                        • #27
                          That's pretty well done. I agree. I like the uniformity of it. It's still a truck, but looks more refined. Just curious, what Toro push mower is that?
                          Toro SR4 Super Recycler

                          Not commercial, but I've been happy with it.
                          (well, except for the Honda engine... not impressed)

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                          • #28
                            In keeping with the theme of this thread, I got stung on the finger by a yellow jacket today.



                            I felt something on my head - under my HAT. It must have gone in the hole in the back (ball cap) and I felt something and freaked out, throwing my hat off and brushing away whatever it was. That's when it found my hand and BAM!!!

                            Stung at the base of the middle finger on the palm side. Swelled up to the point where I couldn't make a fist and could barely hold the handle on the trimmer.


                            Ooowwwwwwww...

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                            • #29
                              In keeping with the theme of this thread, I got stung on the finger by a yellow jacket today.



                              I felt something on my head - under my HAT. It must have gone in the hole in the back (ball cap) and I felt something and freaked out, throwing my hat off and brushing away whatever it was. That's when it found my hand and BAM!!!

                              Stung at the base of the middle finger on the palm side. Swelled up to the point where I couldn't make a fist and could barely hold the handle on the trimmer.


                              Ooowwwwwwww...
                              Hate the dam bee's. The next time you get stung quick grab a rag and dump a little gas on it & wipe where ya got stung. My brother in law told my nephew about this, and while we were cutting one last year he got stung like 4 or 5 times ouch. Goes over to my trailer and tried this then called his dad and thanked him for the tip cause the pain was gone smelled like gas the rest of day but no pain

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                              • #30
                                Well, I have some advice for two of the issues. I always keep a key to my truck in my wallet.

                                Secondly, I always wear gloves. Now, not just any gloves but Atlas Nitrile second skin gloves. Love these things because you can grip anything and actually have tactile feel. Great for working on cars or anything. Bought mine off Amazon for $5.

                                http://www.hardwaresales.com/atlas-f...-l-6-pack.html

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