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Old 04-03-2006, 10:35 AM
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Tractors and Mulch

Do any of you use bigger tractors 30-40hp for mulch installs. I have but clients don't seem to like them on smaller yards. By small i mean 10,000 sq.ft.
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:45 PM
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I have never used a tractor to do mulching. Like you said, the customers do not like that big of equipment on smaller yards. The frequent turns will tend to not only flatten the grass, but also dig it up. I have used my tractor to spread wood chips on a long road, but that is it.
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I had rented a Deere to move soil for a burm and then mulch on top, and to use at another job box scraping. Lets just say tractors are ment for farms!
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:35 AM
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I had rented a Deere to move soil for a burm and then mulch on top, and to use at another job box scraping. Lets just say tractors are ment for farms!
My primary business is lawn care, has been for decades. We use tractors for everything from installing granite to spraying athletic fields, to blowing snow! Tractors are meant for farms is a FOOLISH statement!
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:26 PM
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My primary business is lawn care, has been for decades. We use tractors for everything from installing granite to spraying athletic fields, to blowing snow! Tractors are meant for farms is a FOOLISH statement!

Your taking my statement literally, tractors are too long, bad turning radius and have slow hydraulic dump cycles. They certainly have their place -spraying an athletic field is a good one, but maneuvering around 5k-25k yard is not. Look at the original post USING LARGE TRACTORS ON 10K LAWNS.
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Old 04-04-2006, 04:32 PM
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By large I ment it's 10ft long, and 3700 pounds. The only thing i'm not sure about is the industrial tires on it. Also, all lawns it will be used on are over 10k.
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Old 04-04-2006, 05:39 PM
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Do any of you use bigger tractors 30-40hp for mulch installs. I have but clients don't seem to like them on smaller yards. By small i mean 10,000 sq.ft.
danslawncare, I would be scared to use one that large. The reason I can say that is I use a JD2305 (24hp) to move mulch in yards and I am very careful. If I go in the same direction too much it will lay down the grass. However it is a lifesaver when I can use it.
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Old 04-04-2006, 05:57 PM
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Are you running turfs or industrials?
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:46 PM
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Are you running turfs or industrials?
I'm running R4's Industrial, I had to choose one or the other ($) and I figured R4's would be the best one choice in case we get snow. With snow the R4's would dig in better I think. A friend of mine ordered a Kioti with the turf tires and he also ordered a set of R4's on wheels and it cost him $1,000.00 extra.
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:07 PM
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The short answer, yes.

The long answer, yes, it depends on the job. I have the New Holland TC35DA, a compact tractor, not a "Farm" tractor per sey.

So, if you have a sub-compact, or compact tractor, with turf tires or such, or like the new holland with Super Steer where the front axle does some of the turning, and if you are careful in your turns, not harsh, a tractor is better than a wheel barrow.

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