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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

Grass up to my... ummm... butt.


Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
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Seriously. The grass was up to my A$$!!!

I got an estimate request via email, from an out of town potential client - "If it's $60 or less, go ahead and cut it. If more than $60 send me a quote."

$60???

Are these people on CRACK?
The front was only about 15'x20', but the back was the width of the house and about 60'-70' long.

$60???

Did I mention that there are STUMPS hidden somewhere in the tall grass? At least she warned me about them. I spoke to a neighbor while there to look at the place... "Watch out for the stumps if you cut that", he said. "You'll bend a shaft for sure!"

$60???

And poop. Lots and lots of dog POOP. From a BIG dog!

$60???




Methinks not.
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When you quote it, send a picture or 2 with the quote. They might just not be aware of how bad it is?
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go hack it down to a managable level with a sharp sythe ,then cut it .
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When you quote it, send a picture or 2 with the quote. They might just not be aware of how bad it is?
She knows. She was "home" a week ago. It's surely grown some since, but she knows...
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go hack it down to a managable level with a sharp sythe ,then cut it .
Honestly. It's not going to be worth my time/effort/risk to equipment even if I charged her $100. (IF she was willing to pay that)



A sythe? I didn't think anyone knew what one of those were any more. LOL
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I have one at my camp ,we use it to clear the old farmers field behind my place ,and you can clear a lot of area in a big hurry ,2 foot blade,swinging through a 180* arc cuts a lot in a hurry .I bought mine in the early 90's ,its a high teck one with an aluminum handle l.o.l. ,think it was about $30.00 at a farm store ,but you can find old ones around easy enough too because people are too lazy to use them [or,they just bought a damned tractor ]
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The guns and roses song comes to mind...

Welcome to the jungle!!!!!!
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LOL!!!


What would be better in a forest, a scythe or a machete??


I notice that the blades on most machetes wobble a lot, never used a scythe on anything lol...

It's a good tool to scrape the underside of your mower!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx_PDiEjW_E

check out this sythe vs string trimmer .
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What would be better in a forest, a scythe or a machete??


I notice that the blades on most machetes wobble a lot, never used a scythe on anything lol...

It's a good tool to scrape the underside of your mower!
Cleaning under your mower? Perhaps you are thinking of a sickle?


I used a machete last year to hack down a patch of Japanese Knotweed.
Big fun.





Maybe I should have taken this job. I had to take a cat to the ER today. $170 worth of "walk through the door, give him fluids, and anti-nausea medicine."

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