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GLS
11-18-2007, 05:42 PM
I thought I would post some pics of our fall cleanup operations.

Here is our leaf vac setup:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/Leaf%20Cleanups/IMG_0209.jpg

My brother using one of the Stihl br600 blowers:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/Leaf%20Cleanups/IMG_0194.jpg

Suckin 'em up:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/Leaf%20Cleanups/IMG_0198.jpg

More piles:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/Leaf%20Cleanups/IMG_0206.jpg

More piles:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/Leaf%20Cleanups/IMG_0212.jpg

And the fun part:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/Leaf%20Cleanups/IMG_0216.jpg

Last one:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/Leaf%20Cleanups/IMG_0222.jpg

ChiTown Lawnboy
11-18-2007, 05:46 PM
Bad A$$ nice pics. How much do you pay to dump a load like that?

GLS
11-18-2007, 05:48 PM
Click the following link for more pictures

http://s226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/Leaf%20Cleanups/

GLS
11-18-2007, 05:49 PM
We are lucky enough to have land available for dumping debris, so we pay $0. I couldn't bare to pay landfill charges!

ChiTown Lawnboy
11-18-2007, 06:02 PM
We are lucky enough to have land available for dumping debris, so we pay $0. I couldn't bare to pay landfill charges!

Luky for you.
This is what we pay around Chicago, give or take.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t56/lawn-boy-1998/bbm002.jpg
This is for 2006 & 2007

deere615
11-18-2007, 07:25 PM
Lots of leaves and Dust LOL.

RedMax Man
11-18-2007, 07:29 PM
Beautiful pics! Thats a sharp looking truck and trailer.
Do you always have the cap on the bed?
How long does it take to suck up the largest piles?
Do you just use blowers to cleanup or a mowers also?

nobagger
11-18-2007, 07:37 PM
Nice job guys! The lawns look very clean. A lot of guys around here just go over it with some type of w/b blower and leave it go thinking thats good enough. We go back through with b/p blowers and get the smaller stuff stuck in the ground. Those are the way lawns should look after a QUALITY clean up, again, nice job!

93Chevy
11-18-2007, 07:49 PM
Beautiful lawns, beautiful setup. I really like your truck and trailer setup. Do you do lawncare fulltime, or is it on the side? I don't mean to pry, but most landscapers don't have caps on their beds. Do you keep the sides on your trailer all year, or just in the fall?

Patatoe1
11-18-2007, 08:36 PM
How long does it take to suck a pile like that up?

GLS
11-18-2007, 10:55 PM
Thanks for all of the comments.

The leaves suck up suprisingly quick, especially when they are dry and "fluffy". The large pile in the third pic would have taken <20 minutes.

We usually use backpack blowers only. We sometimes start off the season by bagging with our ZTR, but we have gotten away from that.

Yeah, we always do a thorough job. Customers appreciate a completely leaf free lawn.

I guess we are kind of part time right now. My brother and I are in college, but my brother will be graduating in about a month. We plan to go full time.

The leaf box on the trailer goes on at the start of fall and will come off early spring (after spring cleanups). Then the normal sideboards get put back on.

The truck is also a personal truck, so the cap is used for recreational uses. It is nice this time of year though, because we can lock all of our equipment and tools (blowers, gas, rakes...) in there on the job or to go get lunch. We will be removing it for winter and it goes on and off very easily. Two guys can easily lift it off, just remove the clamps and it's off in under five minutes. We use our work truck for the dirty jobs.

Some more pictures:

No sideboards:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/DSC03636.jpg

Normal sideboards on:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/DSC00060a.jpg

Topper off a few weeks ago to pickup this:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/IMG_0133.jpg

This was fun to get out (acutally it wasn't that bad!)
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd20/rmg106/IMG_0138.jpg


Let me know if I missed any questions.

93Chevy
11-18-2007, 11:00 PM
You have real nice looking trucks. I'm looking forward to the day when I can afford a new truck, but I have no complaints about mine right now.

Southern Signature
11-18-2007, 11:02 PM
All I have to say is " That's the way things get done"... great work

deere615
11-19-2007, 08:48 PM
Sweet plow

DBL
11-19-2007, 09:10 PM
nice pics nice truck and nice clean ups.....but i dont like that topper but its not my truck

Petr51488
11-19-2007, 09:17 PM
Looks good! I couldn't emagine sucking up leaves like that. I'm lucky enough where my properties are small enough to fill up a pickup load.. and best of all.. my town takes away the leaves with bulldozers and loaders. Verry nice setup though.. I heard those blizzards are heavy plows!

LawnBoy89
11-20-2007, 03:57 PM
Hey I like that truck you guys have its real sharp looks neat. Just wondering have you ever considered getting the drop gate for the dump trailer so you could put your mowers on it. I have heard you can purchase such a gate for those trailers? I'm in the market for a slightly larger trailer next year and a dump trailer I figured it would be nice if I could combine the two.

GLS
11-20-2007, 06:19 PM
Thanks for the comments again.

I believe the blizzard 810 plows are about 950 lbs. It's a lot of weight, but the efficiency is awesome...we get things done so much quicker with them.

The town we live in actually does have curbside leaf hauling (big vacs), but most of our clients still have us haul them because the leaves end up sitting in a pile for 3-4 weeks many times. Fine with me, I just add in a hauling fee.

Our dump trailer is really just overkill to be hauling mowers around in. We have on occasion hauled our aerator in it, but we just use the slide out ramps then. The problem is our dump weighs 5,000 lbs empty, that's a lot of weight to be towing for the purpose of mowing. It's more for heavy materials. I'm sure a smaller dump trailer with a landscape gate would be much better suited for a dual-purpose trailer.

Landscape89
11-20-2007, 10:14 PM
GLS- Everything looks great. In one of the pics I noticed there was piles of leaves further down the road next to the curb. Are you doing Curbside pick-up or is that the same house? Keep up the good work! :clapping:

GLS
11-20-2007, 11:25 PM
Those other piles are at the same property.

LawnScapers of Dayton
11-21-2007, 05:11 AM
I use a 6x12 Brimar for my dual purpose trailer. It has the landscape gate on it..... I have been very happy with it, but I wish I would have gotten the 14'......

Derek

South Florida Lawns
11-21-2007, 09:24 PM
dude that black truck is so nice looking. I like the after market tow mirrors too.