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Red Wagon
10-22-2007, 08:01 PM
Who out there does curbside leaf removal? If you do how many stops do you have and what's your setup like?

JohnsonLawn
10-22-2007, 09:46 PM
Have not done it before, but we are offering it this year. Figure some will jump on it. We will see.

dcondon
10-22-2007, 09:57 PM
If you do it be very careful. People like to rake all sorts of things into the piles................ We tell them if we find many sticks or rocks our service will stop.

loom-gen
10-22-2007, 10:08 PM
I got into it last year and its not a bad idea. I charge by how long I think the pile will take. About two bucks a minute seems to make everyone happy.

Greybeard
10-24-2007, 09:13 PM
Ditto on the sticks and rocks. I like to move the suction hose away from the pile if there seems to be a lot clanging and banging, and rake the rest of the leaves toward the hose. This is our fourth year. $100-$120 an hour plus disposal costs is about right.

DuallyVette
10-27-2007, 12:19 AM
What size (HP) vacuums are you guys using ?

wahlturfcare
10-27-2007, 11:47 AM
ive been doing it for a couple years and always rake the pile to the hose.
I usually just go by the hourly rate of $40 as most of them i do take less than 20 minutes to finish.
I use a 11hp briggs billygoat and it works great for it.

Red Wagon
10-27-2007, 02:08 PM
Bump to the top

RedMax Man
10-27-2007, 08:35 PM
I will be this season. Hope it works out well. I have fliers and on the back i have "You Rake Em We Take Em" and explained how i will just take a pile that's already been raked. On the front of them i have info. on complete cleanups. I expect most piles will be around $50 to $75 unless they are real small and close to where i already am they could be only $40.

rootslawnservice
10-28-2007, 06:24 PM
This is going to be many first year also, doing leaf pick up. I'am using a 25hpBG. I'am going to charge $50-$100, for non regular custumers. I will give a break to the regulars. It works very fast. Check out You.Tube debris loader mayham, thats the vac I use.

grassman177
11-03-2007, 07:14 PM
last year we bought a odb brand leaf loader dump trailer with 1ft dia hose and crazy impeller with a 27 horsepower liquid cooled kaw. this thing is unreal and sounds like a damn tornado and will suck up dead animals and stuff. i think it is like a 15 cu ft trailer with hydro dump and 12000 lbs capacity. can use it to remove mulch and other stuff if you wanted. we charge $100 hr with two guys.

DuallyVette
11-03-2007, 11:14 PM
last year we bought a odb brand leaf loader dump trailer with 1ft dia hose and crazy impeller with a 27 horsepower liquid cooled kaw. this thing is unreal and sounds like a damn tornado and will suck up dead animals and stuff. i think it is like a 15 cu ft trailer with hydro dump and 12000 lbs capacity. can use it to remove mulch and other stuff if you wanted. we charge $100 hr with two guys.


Can you post a photo of your loader ?

grassman177
11-04-2007, 01:55 PM
i can , but give me a couple of days. it may be on here already from my dad(the real owner, ahha) posting last year. look up threads from br5490icu8, which is my dad. and i will try to get pics. we have lettering all over it so there is no mistake what we are going to do with this beast.

grassman177
11-06-2007, 08:12 PM
here is the loader i was talking about, it can hold 12,000 lbs , has torsion springs instead of leaf springs., hydro dump and 27 hp lq cool kaw

grassman177
11-06-2007, 08:13 PM
oh yeah, this thing is all metal, it aint home made. it is a true beast. the hose is one foot in dia

ExecutiveLawns
11-06-2007, 08:39 PM
I charge around $225-250 an hour for two guys with the vac on big jobs, but small residential i usually charge a min of $45. I run a Trac vac with a 10'' hose and a 16hp motor, it all dumps into a dump trailer i built a box in that will hold 20 cu yards. I usually try to get $700-$800 out of a full trailer load for a day. here is a pic of the set up with out the hose, we were doing a full fall clean up that day which included trimming hedges and cleaning out flower beds not really much of which could have really gone through the hose so it wasnt connected.

PlatinumLandCon
11-06-2007, 09:21 PM
This is gravvvyyyy work. Charge $20 and you're there for less than 10mins, I'm all for it. I'll be gettin a leaf loader next fall and will try to go big with the leaves.

JJS
11-14-2007, 11:16 PM
been doing curbside pick up for 3 years, it's a little slow to start up trying to get the right marketing program going, got big signs on the side of the box "U RAKE THEM, WE TAKE THEM", plus the box in the front has a big black sign withe bold white letters "GOT LEAVES?", we charge $120 an hour with a min. of a 1/2 hour charge. giant vac 30 hsp wisconsin, NEVER CLOGS!