I was talking to an old friend of mine earlier. I got him his first job with another friend who I worked for at the time, grass cutting of course. This was back in 1986.
Anyway, he has worked on the Parks Dept. for the District Council since 1987. He was telling me about the Councils policy on equipment, vibration and ‘white finger’.
When a strimmer gets to three years old, despite how good a condition it is in or how little use it may have had, they cut into bits and throw it away. These are higher end Stihl strimmers. The boss came up to him once and made him hand over the strimmer they had on the truck, despite his protestations. It was in very good condition and worked perfectly. He said he would buy from the Council, but no, it had to be destroyed.
Fortunately, they only skip the leaf blowers at three years old, without cutting them up. So the guys always retrieve them and take them home. He had one with him today. It’s the same with hedge cutters also – all destroyed.
Why not sell them on ebay? What a terrible waste.
It’s easy to throw money away when it comes so easily, from the Council Tax.