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03-11-2009, 04:23 PM
Here are a few I snapped with my new camera today.


03-11-2009, 04:33 PM
Everything looks great. Nice job on keeping a clean and organized shop.

03-11-2009, 04:49 PM
Awesome shop and equipment! How many employees?

03-11-2009, 04:51 PM
looks good but it looks small already . hom many trucks and equipment do you have ?

03-11-2009, 04:57 PM
Looks like a decent size to me, nice stuff man

03-11-2009, 05:02 PM
Very Nice shop and Chevys!

03-11-2009, 05:11 PM
The shop was constructed this fall, its 40x64x14.

Currently we run one crew of 2 men mowing, usually 40-60 hours a week, depending on the season. We have another hardscape/landscape crew. We have a 20' trailer for the maintenance crew, a 16' Enclosed, which is where most of the landscape/hardscape tools are. We also install irrigation and have parts bins for all the irrigation supplies. We also have a 16' gooseneck dump trailer, and a 18' trailer for the L185 skid. We can just fit the skid, harley rake, and a bucket on the 18 footer, but that is overweight so we put the harley rake in the dump trailer.

The Exmarks are a 56/28 Kohler, a 36/15 Kawasaki Turf Tracer HP, and a 36/15 Kohler Metro. All Shindaiwa handheld equipment. During the season we also have a dump insert in the reg. cab chevy for the maintenance crew.

Landmark Lawnscapes LLC
03-11-2009, 05:17 PM
Very nice setup! That shop looks real organized and brand new. Hey just out of curiosity how much does a shop of that size typically run. without the cost of the land factored in? I understand if you dont want to say but I was wondering how much coin I am looking at dropping sometime in the future for something similar to that.

But congrats on the nice setup! :drinkup:

03-11-2009, 05:36 PM
why do you have 2 36 inch mowers and not 2 52 inch riders and not just one 36 inch

03-11-2009, 05:41 PM
Only one 36 goes out. We also have a 21 that is in the mix.

03-11-2009, 06:44 PM
very nice shop man.

03-11-2009, 06:48 PM
Pretty nice looking setup you got there!

03-11-2009, 07:35 PM
Very nice looking building, it is great that everything is organized and neat. Good luck this season.

03-11-2009, 08:10 PM
Very nice man. How do you like the skidsteer?

Kennedy Landscaping
03-11-2009, 08:12 PM
Very nice operation you have. Good luck this year!

Green Finger
03-11-2009, 08:13 PM
Nice mowers Great shop. Looks like you are running Exmark. How long have you been running them.

Ben's Landscape
03-11-2009, 08:51 PM
Nice shop!! Everything is so neat. Nice trucks. Good luck this season!!!

03-11-2009, 09:06 PM
Very nice shop you got there! What do you use for heat? and show us pics of the loft area too!!

03-11-2009, 09:24 PM
We have been running Exmark since I started, in 2005. Will not run anything else!

We have a 50' long infrared tube heater. When we were in the planning process of the building infrared vs. hydronic was an issure that we went back and fourth on. We decided that infrared was the way to go, because we are mainly in the office in the winter hours, and there is no sense (to us) to run floor heat 24/7 at a steady temperature in the shop. With the IR, we can turn it up or down when we use the shop, and can have it warmed up in 10 minutes.

On top of that, most of the mechanical contractors I got bids from said electricity rates are on the rise, making the 'hydronic is cheaper to run' thing a wash....

Lucky Star Lawn Care
03-11-2009, 09:36 PM
Looks great just work on keeping it that organized.

03-11-2009, 09:40 PM
The shop looks awesome and that duramax looks great too.

03-11-2009, 11:13 PM
... Hey just out of curiosity how much does a shop of that size typically run. ...

I notice you didn't answer this question ... well, that's OK, I'm sure you want it to remain confidential !! Very nice shop.

03-12-2009, 07:33 AM
nice i like that style Chevy

03-12-2009, 10:00 AM
why do you only have a two bagger system for the lazer when a typical 60 takes three? but nice set up.

Signature Landscaping1
03-12-2009, 10:25 AM
I remember when you had the one old chevy with the western on it, and the 12ft trailer with the 36'' exmark. Now you have some nice trucks and a nice new shop. You came a long way, great setup man. Have a good season.

03-12-2009, 12:03 PM
nice shop and equipment, now you made me to out and try to straighten my mess up

03-12-2009, 02:04 PM

looks good. Althout you never answer emails anymore - spending to much time in the new shop.

Travis E
03-12-2009, 04:15 PM
Thats one nice shop! Have any pictures of it being built?

12-09-2011, 12:09 PM
Thought I would update this. Since 2010, a number of changes have taken place. In 2010, in planning for what was to come in 2011, we changed our name from Pro Cut Landscape & Lawn to Outdoor Elements, Inc. The name change has been pretty well-received and put us in the position to sell off our maintenance side of the business, including all residential snow removal in 2011. We now only service about 8-9 commercial snow accounts with our skid loader and a 10' pusher. I will post a couple pictures, starting with our shop and office.


12-09-2011, 12:16 PM
With the change in direction with the business, we re-thought over some equipment and wanted to make things as efficient as possible. Thanks to etwman for all the help, we set up a FL-70 with a Switch N Go system, almost identical to his setup. Hands down, the best set up you can have for a design-build business. There's no other way to go. We currently only have the dump body, but are looking into buying a storage body for next spring.

About a month ago, we replaced our older NH L185 with the new series L225. The 185 had close to 2500 hours on it, and we were sticking more into repairs than I care to admit.

Aside, the other equipment is all the necessary items - plate compactors, saws, bed edger, etc. There is nothing in this shop that doesn't get used at least weekly. There are so many places I see around here that are stacked with equipment that moves maybe once or twice a month, just doesn't make sense to me.


12-09-2011, 12:21 PM
Here are a couple jobs that we've completed the past year or so, the last 3 of ones we completed in the past month.


I'll see what else I can find when I get back from my trip for the weekend. Have a good weekend everyone.

12-09-2011, 12:43 PM
A local guy! Everything looks great! Is there anything you would have changed for the shop after having it awhile?

12-09-2011, 01:16 PM
Just a few things. One would be building the sidewalls another 4' taller. We have a mezzanine above the office area, if you are up there you have to bend over, as the shop is only 14' tall. The next thing would be to build the offices outside of the shop itself, that would clear up enough room for another stall. How familiar are you with Titan Lawn & Landscape in the DM area? I sold our F-550 to him last summer when we set up the Freightliner.

12-09-2011, 02:16 PM
Nice looking shop and looks like you do great work!

12-09-2011, 03:04 PM
Every things looking good. What maid you decide to sell the lawn care side of the company? I see Titan lawn and snow a lot, he has a place out in grimes I believe.

12-09-2011, 04:57 PM
I really like the design on your FL70. And did etwman not say that the Freightliners would gain popularity in the landscaping/hardscaping scene? That guy is just full of knowledge. The new New Holland look neat too, a cool design on the arms. Everything looks awesome!

12-09-2011, 09:00 PM
Titan mowed for a house next to mine that a bank owned, due to the death of a neighbor, and they did a terrible job. No blowing off the sidewalks, trimming, edging, patches of grass that they missed, they mowed on days when it was raining very hard and it left mud tracks, they even mowed in our yard and cut our garden house. Their excuse for not trimming was because they didn't want to upset our dog.

12-09-2011, 09:03 PM
You're shop, equipment ,and work looks awesome.

Kennedy Landscaping
12-09-2011, 09:19 PM
Everything is still looking good, glad to see your growing well it appears.

12-10-2011, 01:01 AM
how much did setting up the FL- 70 set you back including the truck, everything looks awesome

12-10-2011, 02:48 PM
I am sure I have seen them along with the other bazillion-six lawncare companies in the Des Moines area. I like the setup a lot. Along the planning process of your shop did you ever think of putting a seperate wash bay up with floor drains? Also if you don't mind me asking, what does a place like this run you? You can p.m. me the price. Just curious. Thanks! And everything looks good!

ryan alyssa
12-10-2011, 04:41 PM
Your shop and office are amazing. Good job

12-11-2011, 02:08 PM
Thanks for all the kind words. The Freightliner was set up for right around 40k if I remember right. You could shave some money off though by not adding a chrome bumper, simulators, etc. The shop, by the time all the landscape and offices were complete, probably around 150k. Our city has great incentives for businesses that purchase new lots for building. The lot was originally at 40k, but through TIF incentives, allowed us to only pay 8k up front and finance the rest through our property tax for the next ten years. There was really no other option but for us to stay in two storage units with no heat, water, or sewage, or to build. Every other commercial building for sale in town really wasn't suited for us.
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old oak lawn
12-11-2011, 08:27 PM
Shop looks great, It is good that the city your in is looking out for businesses with that kind of program. Around here the city will fight you All the way, they will make you have a 40 ft buffer zone from the road, put in a sidewalk, put in trees to hide the building and if they are having a bad day you will be looking at putting in a turn lane off the main road. Any way pictures look great, thanks for posting.

12-13-2011, 10:21 AM
Nice equipment and shop good luck

12-13-2011, 04:27 PM
Really nice stuff. Your work looks really high quality.

12-13-2011, 05:30 PM
All your stuff look good. Nice set up. For the truck with the roll backs that etwman helped you with, did you have that custom made by the dealership?

12-14-2011, 10:32 AM
No. I bought it directly from Switch N Go, then had a local place do the install of the hoist, bumper, wiring and aluminum boxes.

12-14-2011, 11:33 AM
No. I bought it directly from Switch N Go, then had a local place do the install of the hoist, bumper, wiring and aluminum boxes.

How much did the kit cost with dump bed? How much was delivery?
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12-14-2011, 12:29 PM
This has all been discussed already. I suggest that all of you with SNG questions read this:

As Jarod and I just discussed the other day, it's a long term investment, not something you set up and only use for two years. I plan on running this truck for at least 10 years, unless we have a major engine failure or something like that. But the bright side to that is you just pull the system and the boxes off the truck and install on another one. I would probably dare to say that the Switch N Go will outlast the truck. It's very well built. Keep it clean and out of the salt and it will last you well over 10 years.

12-17-2011, 01:25 PM
There is nothing in this shop that doesn't get used at least weekly.

So the old dozer parked between the FL70 and skid goes out weekly!:laugh:
Lets see some more pics of that old restoration project.

Curious as to why you didn't go with a track loader or VTS other than snow removal seems like tracks would work better for your line of work.

12-19-2011, 12:16 AM
For the additional cost for a track loader, I couldn't find reason to justify it for us. I will say though that I have casually looked into a VTS system when we had the 185. Maybe in time.
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12-19-2011, 10:04 AM
Took some pics of the Cat this morning. It's a 1958 D4, a whopping 42hp at the draw bar I believe, but this thing will out push any skid loader. 4 cyl inline, with a gas pony motor to start the diesel itself. It's actually my grandfathers, he just got everything taken apart to get to the brakes and steering clutches. Going to replace the brakes and clutches. He's gotten this far all by himself, 85 years old. I'm grateful that he is still able to do all this at such an age.


12-19-2011, 10:07 AM
I drummed up some more project pictures too.


12-19-2011, 10:38 AM
The lighting looks great! I also have a farm that I tend to piddle around on so the old equipment pics are great too. We have dozers, graders and such out there and they are lots of fun to use. Nothing beats old creeper diesel machines. Great job with the business, keep up the good work.

12-19-2011, 12:20 PM
Paver work looks excellent!!

12-19-2011, 12:58 PM
Thanks. We primarily use Borgert products around here. Once in a while we will put some Belgard in. Minnesota River is by far (as you can probably tell) the most popular Borgert color around here. It's all you really see.

12-19-2011, 01:03 PM
It's always pretty crazy to look at your album from way back when and remember where you started from....


12-19-2011, 10:27 PM
Thats not a bad looking D4 for the age, usually their pretty bad shape with no undercarriage. Always amazes me what they had back in the day and they still got the job done.

I understand what your saying about the additional cost and maintaince of a track machine, thats why I'm still running a tire machine but I've always ran OTT and for the last two years been running Solideal rubber OTT which as turned out to work pretty good for us for no more hours that we but on the bobcat.

BTW, nice business and craftsmanship that you got going there.

12-20-2011, 12:48 AM
Looking great.

In the 5th picture of all the hardsacpe work on this page, Why not open up where the walkway from the deck stairs meets the circle? Constricts down too much I feel and looks odd. May look different with the mulch beds carved in there too though.

Question on the black truck-How do you find it is to keep them looking the way they do, and how is it to keep em clean being theyre black?

12-20-2011, 01:03 AM
The old D4 has about 70 horse. We have a 55 on the Ranch. They working machine. I always enjoyed cleaning corrals with it.

12-20-2011, 01:25 AM
I wanted the curve to flow in with the circle. It's actually still 4' wide by the post, ample enough room to walk. To stay straight was about the only other option, too boring in my opinion.

It's not too hard to keep them clean (I also have a black GMC). Wash at least twice a week, wax once a month and you are good to go. With two guys it never takes more than 20 minutes to scrub it down. We usually do it on Wednesday's and Friday's.

12-21-2011, 12:12 AM
Very nice company you have there.

12-22-2011, 10:56 AM
What does your freightliner weigh empty and what do you have it tagged at ? Which motor are you running in it ? Nice set up !

12-22-2011, 12:58 PM
I scales dry right around 16,500, give or take a few hundred, depending on how much fuel you have on and tools in the box, etc. It's a 33,000 pound truck, so you are good for about 8 ton legal. Motor is a 3126 Cat @ 230HP.

12-22-2011, 02:28 PM
If you dont mind could you share some of the details. milage when you bought the chassis, cost of the swith and go , what do you have into it as it sits ? We are always over loading these smaller trucks and they are always in the shop for "Ford issiues". Keep thinking about going to 26k - 33 k truck as they are built to last and wont be dead at 100k. Everyone keeps telling me that they dont cost that much more to run over the 19k trucks. Whats your feeling on that ?

12-22-2011, 02:52 PM
Okay, I'm going to answer as many things about the Switch N Go setup so I don't have to repeat myself anymore.

The truck is a 2001 or 2002 FL 70. At the time we bought it I believe it had 136,000 on it. We only put around 6,000 miles on it this year. It's a 33,000 pound truck, 230HP Cat, 6 speed, air brakes. To do this kind of setup exactly how I have it you need a 186" cab to axle. Take off the 4' aluminum box, shorten that distance by 48". You want the axle as far back as possible.

I feel that it has significantly made things more efficient for us. We only fill it up every 2-3 weeks, so we aren't constantly at the station filling it up. While I don't have multiple bodies for it yet, the SNG system is still beneficial for us. Most jobs when we start them have us taking our skid and a mini ex with us. We will load the skid in the back of the truck and pull the mini ex on the trailer, in one shot, with one vehicle. Most jobs we only need the excavator for a day, so we back haul it and the trailer back on the first night. Usually we won't need the trailer for the job again, we will just load the skid into the truck again. The more trucks you have equipped with this setup, the more sense it makes. The aluminum box was pretty spendy ($5k), but I don't regret it one bit. Things stay organized, and you are able to fit quite a bit of stuff in there (bed edger, smaller compactor, etc.).

I have right around $40k stuck into this truck. The cab and chassis was $11k, aluminum box $5k, SNG around $18k, and the rest into paint, chrome, underbody boxes, etc. Is there anything I would've changed? No. Would I set up another one? Absolutely, but not until I can keep enough work in front of us for two crews. I feel that the investment will last a lot longer than any F-550 or likewise. They are also much safer to boot.

Now when it comes to things like picking up anything over 8 ton of material for one job, I will have it delivered. It makes more sense to pay the delivery charge if you consider the time you pay your labor to drive to the pit, wait, drive back, the stop at the c-store that you aren't supposed to find out about, fuel, etc. Same goes with picking up block and pavers. We will pick it up in the morning if we are on our way out to the job site, or if we are short a skid of block or something along that line. Anything over 6 skids and we have it delivered. We are always thinking ahead as well for things that can get taken back to the shop, what we need the next day, etc. If you don't do any of this, more times than not you are making multiple trips hauling stuff back on the last day at the job. That's time that didn't need to be wasted if planning was involved, and could be spent elsewhere.

12-22-2011, 03:02 PM
Another thing regarding efficiency. If you look back to post #30, you will see under our shelving we have a Jobox. I bought it on sale earlier this season, I believe its 5' wide. It has pallet forks on the narrow side so we can load it into the aluminum box. We take it with when we start a job and stays on site usually until we are done. It saves time at the beginning and end of the day packing up tools. We do a large majority of work in backyards, it's quite a bit faster to pack it all in the Jobox at the end of the day lock and leave it in the backyard, then to carry everything around to the front to the truck, only to just unload it all over again the beginning of the next day. It's cut our load/unload time in half (I kept record), definitely paid for itself.

12-23-2011, 03:01 PM
Do you have any problems with the dump angle ? Alot of roll off and hook lift guys seem to have problem with not enough dump angle .

12-23-2011, 03:12 PM
Dump angle is fine.

We just finished up the granite top and grill install today on the project I posted a couple pages back. The first slab that the granite fabricator showed up 3 inches short because the draftsman didn't double-check his dimensions. To make double sure, I drove over and made sure they had them correct for their own good this time around. I would probably assume they didn't make any money on this, after having to drive 45 miles one way twice, not to mention having to cut out of a brand new slab for the second one.


Have a Merry Christmas everyone.

01-01-2012, 05:54 PM
Great looking work. Just wondering how big your shop is?

Painting Stripes 11
01-02-2012, 09:04 PM
Shop looks great

Kennedy Landscaping
01-02-2012, 09:44 PM
Everything looks nice, I really like all the hardscaping and the lighting that you incorporate with it. Top notch

01-17-2012, 12:20 PM
About a month or so ago, we made the jump into 3D modeling. We purchased the subscription for DynaScape Sketch 3D, which is integrated with DynaScape Design. Also purchased a rendering program for a more photo-realistic finishing. From what I have been told, it sounds like we are one of the first in our area to be doing this. I've attached one finished picture of a proposed job for this spring, and another of the house that I'm planning on building this coming spring.


01-17-2012, 12:58 PM
I really like the look of the 3D modeling.

01-17-2012, 01:27 PM
That 3D modeling looks awesome, seems like it would make it a lot easier for the customer to actually see what everything is going to look like when the project will be finished.

01-17-2012, 01:48 PM
Yeah the models that ETW put up look amazing along with these ones. For a client to look at a design sketch or a printed design it just doesn't come together for them like it would for who made it. How was the response from the client?

01-17-2012, 01:59 PM
It's been great so far. We've got about half of the 2012 season sold at this point.

01-17-2012, 02:11 PM
Wow, congratulations! The designs looks awesome, and its cool that you're one of the first companies in the area to use it.

01-17-2012, 05:11 PM
looks good man why did you want to change the name

01-19-2012, 03:02 PM
Saw your old black dump truck today. Looked like its in pretty good shape. Had a 9.6 ft western vee blade and a nice sized liquid tank in the back. I tried taking a pic but it didn't turn out to well.

01-19-2012, 03:16 PM
No kidding? Western huh, the truck actually had a Boss undercarriage mounted to the thing for a V. Speaking of snow, looks like we have about 5" headed for us tonight and tomorrow. First somewhat significant snow of the season. I'll try to remember to get a pic or two of our pusher setup on the loader.

01-19-2012, 03:23 PM
No kidding? Western huh, the truck actually had a Boss undercarriage mounted to the thing for a V. Speaking of snow, looks like we have about 5" headed for us tonight and tomorrow. First somewhat significant snow of the season. I'll try to remember to get a pic or two of our pusher setup on the loader.

Yeah it was definitely a new plow, had to be only a year of two old. We got our first real snow fall on tuesday, it was about 3 inches. Were suppose to get some friday as well. Hopefully we do.

01-19-2012, 03:48 PM
Hey, if you guy's get tired of the snow feel free to send it my way.:laugh:

01-21-2012, 03:19 PM
Skid & 10' Pro Tech Pusher.

01-21-2012, 09:59 PM
How does it handle the 10 footer?

01-23-2012, 11:10 AM
Just fine. It will spin a little if there are patches of ice or hard-packed snow, but does pretty well for the most part. Mountains better than the L185.

Glenn Lawn Care
01-23-2012, 11:26 PM
Very nice shop!!!

TJC Lawn-Care
01-27-2012, 04:48 PM
are you willing to sell your chevy 2500hd, the single cab one? with or with out plow,?

01-27-2012, 06:49 PM
It's long gone...sorry.

01-27-2012, 06:58 PM
Do you have an Exmark Viking you're willing to sell?