PDA

View Full Version : Anyone use a loader to distibute mulch?


Royalslover
01-23-2008, 08:47 PM
Has anyone ever used a small loader tractor to move and spread mulch? If so, how did it work? I don't understand why everyone uses a fork and a wheel barrow?

NC Greenscaper
01-24-2008, 08:45 AM
We have used a loader in some applications. If you have a large amount to spread and can get it dumped near then a loader may be a good tool. consider the turf you may be driving over repeatedly. It works well, depending on the size of the bucket you get a yard to a bed in a small amount of time and then just spread it. It's alot quicker than wheel barrowing.

Royalslover
01-24-2008, 03:55 PM
What size tractor did you use? I am thinking about buying a garden tractor with a loader. I don't think it would be too much heavier than my Walker when it's full of grass.

cantoo
01-24-2008, 09:03 PM
I've used my Ford 1520 before on a big job. Had to make sure I didn't drive in the same spot for ruts and it was a reall dry week. I think you would likely be better converting a WBH mower to a mulch hauler.

DiyDave
01-24-2008, 09:31 PM
Is a lot easier with a ASV RC30. I bought a huge bucket at an auction, I think it holds close to about a cubic yard, heaped up. I have spread over 30 yards in one 6 hour day, by myself. No ruts in the lawn, and the grass that it matts down, perks up as soon as the next rainfall. I would think others have the same experience, with the other rubber tracked loaders, and and even the powered wheel barrows, and walk behind conversions. Go for it!:waving:

Royalslover
01-24-2008, 11:52 PM
I just googled a Ford 1520 and an Asv. Holy Cow, my customers would have a heart attack I think. How could you use the ASV without tearing turf?

DiyDave
01-25-2008, 07:37 AM
ASV is designed not to tear up turf. Even with the standard tracks, it does little damage to lawns. If you use the green tracks that are totally smooth, it performs even better on turf. My experience is that customers are impressed.:waving:

Landrus2
01-25-2008, 07:43 AM
Donít buy a tractor just to spread mulch nine out of ten you donít need a tractor to spread mulch.:drinkup:

jrdean62
01-25-2008, 08:38 AM
Have you looked at compact utility loaders. The Toro Dingo for instance has a 6.4 cu. foot bucket and the machine with widetracks only has 3.4 psi of ground pressure. The machine also has over 40 other attachments that would make it useful the rest of the season.

Royalslover
01-25-2008, 11:51 AM
I've thought about Dingos but I see two drawbacks. I don't see how you can take any kind of tracked machine onto nice turf and not tear it. They also seem pretty slow. Most of the mulch I install is on high end residential and I can't afford to mess up turf at all.

MarcSmith
01-25-2008, 12:24 PM
plus the dingo buckets, and small loader buckets are not much larger than a large 2-wheel wheel barrow.

jrdean62
01-25-2008, 04:15 PM
The machines only has 3.4 psi of ground pressure. The tracks do no dammage to the turf as long as you are not doing 360's. The machine goes about 4.5 mph which is far less that a skidsteer but it gets where others can't. This is just another option. True the bucket is not as large as others but one person can use a Dingo for 10-12 hours a day 7 days a week without killing themselves. You put someone on a wheelbarrow for that amount of time and throw in some challenging terrain and you will be looking for more laborers the following week.

John Gamba
01-25-2008, 04:59 PM
Power-Trac:)

Prolawnservice
01-25-2008, 05:06 PM
kubota 7610 on any job over three yards where we can fit it. Easily done 2-3 times faster than with forks and wheelbarrows. Easier on the back too.

Royalslover
01-26-2008, 01:38 AM
Do you have a Power Trac? How does it do on nice yards? I had my eye on a used one but they want too much.

John Gamba
01-26-2008, 06:36 AM
Do you have a Power Trac? How does it do on nice yards? I had my eye on a used one but they want too much.


No i do not own one. I used one in Florida for a day moving Bigger plants and Mulch.There a little touchy at first. If you look at what the options cost, there less expensive then most.There nice on the lawns. The fist commercial unit i think weighs 800Lb.


Try and find a used one. I dont think they have dealers? or none here.

hardscaper
02-22-2008, 11:25 AM
It's the only way to go.
Positive
Holds 1/2 cu.yd
Self loading
Ride on
4mph
Full hydrostatic controls-easy to learn
Carries 1750 lbs. no problem
Fits through a 34" gate
Tracks can be used in crappy conditions, light footprint
Aux. hydraulics to run attachments.
Negatives
Your crews won't push wheelbarrows anymore
We run 5 of these.

Terraformer
02-22-2008, 11:47 AM
I used a Kubota B7800 equipped with a loader. I have no problems running over reasonably dry turf. I use it all the time - not just for mulch. It only weighs about 2400 pounds.

Penscape Landscaping
02-22-2008, 04:23 PM
I can put out 15-18 yards a day with a 8-10 cubic feet wheelbarrow and metal scoops. That is spread and cleaned up. I think this works the best!

BCNU
02-23-2008, 12:12 PM
I use a B2630 Kubota compact tractor with loader for mulching. It works great and dosen't damage the lawn. I have other friends who do mulching who hire me to help them because of my tractor.

muddstopper
02-23-2008, 12:15 PM
I use my Ventrac with the scoop attachment. The machine is 4x4, rubber tired, articulating streer, and wont damage the lawn any more than a riding mower, but on small jobs a wheelbarrow works just fine.

mag360
02-23-2008, 05:41 PM
Is a lot easier with a ASV RC30. I bought a huge bucket at an auction, I think it holds close to about a cubic yard, heaped up. I have spread over 30 yards in one 6 hour day, by myself. No ruts in the lawn, and the grass that it matts down, perks up as soon as the next rainfall. I would think others have the same experience, with the other rubber tracked loaders, and and even the powered wheel barrows, and walk behind conversions. Go for it!:waving:

We have the standard tracks on our rc-30 and it will leave marks when there is a load in the bucket because the tracks get front-heavy. Haven't tried the smooth tracks (because they cost over $5000)---do you use them? If so, how do they perform? How does the machine handle a big bucket full of mulch? Ours has a very limited weight capacity (no counterweights).

LawnsRUsInc.
02-23-2008, 06:38 PM
If i have an extra 1 for a 50+yrd mulch job then yea

Smith Lawn & Landscaping
02-27-2008, 12:07 AM
Is there a website on those powered wheel barrows?? what is a rough estimate on how much they run?? i was thinking about one of those for awhile now. who makes them??

hardscaper
03-02-2008, 05:01 PM
http://www.easternfarmmachinery.com/scripts/catalog.pl?F=H&K=Catalog%3AIndustrial%3AMini%20transporters&V=Brief&R=H%2FCatalog%3AIndustrial&ID=0515132414647131182

or

http://www.easternfarmmachinery.com/scripts/catalog.pl?F=H&K=Catalog%3AIndustrial%3ATracked%20Dumpers&V=Brief&R=H%2FCatalog%3AIndustrial&ID=0515132414647131182

LawnsRUsInc.
03-02-2008, 09:15 PM
WOW at those prices you could buy a loader i see rental places around here that have smaller units and i couldnt see them costing much over $2000

cgaengineer
03-02-2008, 09:45 PM
Power-Trac:)

Man! That thing is bad A$$! It appears to be setup more for the landscaper apposed to a Dingo which is more utility.

hardscaper
03-06-2008, 02:58 PM
WOW at those prices you could buy a loader i see rental places around here that have smaller units and i couldnt see them costing much over $2000

You ever try driving a loader through a 36" gate???:confused:

Royalslover
03-20-2008, 11:06 PM
I think that tubby thing is a good idea but not for mulch. You put 600 pounds of mulch in that thing and it would tear the crap out of nice turf. I don't think the mystery is solved yet. You need something fast and light that won't tear turf but will carry a decent load of mulch.

schlof
04-30-2008, 08:06 PM
The Dingo machines travel at walking speeds which is about 4.5 mph. As long as you avoid sharp turning, the Dingo machines have low damage to lawns.