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grassmasterswilson
04-29-2008, 07:46 PM
I just saw that my local lawn store where I buy pine straw has raised its price to $5.25 a bale. This is for long needle. I usually try to get $2 a bale over purchase price and taxes. You guys think 5.25 is high?

Anyone know a good company that delivers semi truck loads? How many bales per load? Cost per bale? Just curious if it would be worth it if a couple of us got one.

Buddy Buds
04-29-2008, 08:00 PM
In North Ga. we are paying $2.95 a bale. A semi load is 1106 bales. Most of what you find is slash but it looks really good.

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
04-29-2008, 08:06 PM
I have found it too be cheaper just to go to lowes, its $3.99 there. Every year here the bales are getting smaller and dirtier, yet prices keep going up. FWIW, I charge $7.50 per bale, that include pick up and delivery.

1wezil
04-29-2008, 09:19 PM
bump te bump te bump

Lawnworks
04-29-2008, 09:50 PM
You can probably get a semi load from GA at $2.50 a bale for slash and cheaper for loblolly.

Buddy Buds
04-30-2008, 09:16 AM
When I say you get 1106 bales on a truck these are large bales. Some producers use small bales that come 1400? to a truck.

sbarnes
05-08-2008, 12:11 AM
I am a pinestraw producer, my family has been in the business since 1980 and I have seen the bales get smaller over time. currently our bales are 13 x 12 x 28 and load a 53' trailer with 1386 bales. with todays fuel prices our main buyer asked today to cut our bales down to 26" so we can load 1449 bales because of fuel prices.

andyslawncare
06-05-2008, 08:59 PM
you are paying way too much for straw. buy wholsesale from the farm or a dealer that buys from the farm.

PerfectEarth
06-05-2008, 10:10 PM
Here in Louisville, we get a semi delivered (we have to unload it) for around 3.80 a bale. If we find out it's dirty, wet or full of debris, we get a price cut.

CALandscapes
06-05-2008, 11:21 PM
I get nice, clean bales for $5.50 from a straw co. I get pretty much the best price around... Why am I paying so much more than the rest of you'll?? :hammerhead::hammerhead:

sbarnes
06-05-2008, 11:54 PM
I posted on another thread, but you are paying too much. I have a Pinestraw co. and I know fuel is driving the price up, but not that high. Are you using slash pine?

Baseballer1100
06-06-2008, 12:33 AM
Here in Louisville, we get a semi delivered (we have to unload it) for around 3.80 a bale. If we find out it's dirty, wet or full of debris, we get a price cut.

Never mind i didn't see you got a semi delivered. The cheapest I've been able to get it without ordering a truck is 6.00 a bale.

andyslawncare
06-09-2008, 12:35 AM
Where do they bale the straw near you>???? thats the direct point you need to look. theres guys around here delivering/unloading at our properties for $3/bale. he installs for $3.50 and I charge $5!!! we do 150 bales I give the guy a check and I leave and make $225!! you guys are getting screwed it costs like 30 cents to bale one bale of pinestraw!!! do more research in your area!

andyslawncare
07-09-2008, 02:38 AM
I have found it too be cheaper just to go to lowes, its $3.99 there. Every year here the bales are getting smaller and dirtier, yet prices keep going up. FWIW, I charge $7.50 per bale, that include pick up and delivery.

its hard to get $5/bale in ATL. I need to truck straw to NC.


1.Find a producer near you.
2.buy directly from your producer

we can buy for $2/bale near Macon, GA.

if we install a trailer (700 bales in NC for $7.50 we make $3,850)

crawdad
07-09-2008, 08:19 AM
I am a pinestraw producer, my family has been in the business since 1980 and I have seen the bales get smaller over time. currently our bales are 13 x 12 x 28 and load a 53' trailer with 1386 bales. with todays fuel prices our main buyer asked today to cut our bales down to 26" so we can load 1449 bales because of fuel prices.

Was it Lowe's? Their bales seem to be smaller this year.

cgaengineer
07-09-2008, 08:44 AM
I have been paying about $3.15 per bale delivered. If I pick it up its $.15 cheaper per bale but is more work to pickup then its worth.