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Old 07-26-2012, 07:32 PM
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Fall cleanup Setups - trying to plan ahead

I know we are a ways off from the fall clean ups but i was wondering what you guys ran for equipment/how many guys. I actually started up my career venture last fall in this type of work by buying a husqvarna back pack blower, rake(s), tarps, gas cans, gloves, hedge trimmer, bags. I did not get many people at all but was satisfied with what i got. I pretty much got clients who allowed me to blow the leaves/debris far back into their woods//to the curb for the city to suck up// bag and leave for the city to take. This year i wanted to come up with a better less labor intensive plan than laying a tarp and dragging it many many yards into the woods. I was looking into the walk behind blowers by billy goat and also have a great interest in their tow behind debris loader. Specifically the DL with dump insert for my f250 8' bed. I dont remember how much $ the DL /w dump insert was but my local dealer said the towbehind DL was about $5,300 before taxes. I guess what i am trying to ask you guys is this : Is it worth getting a DL and should i save $ by building up the walls of my truck bed instead of shelling out for a dump insert?
Also am puzzeled as to where i would be able to dump the debris. I live in Albany, NY and have no idea of the landscape game for dumping organic debris. Do i have to find someone who takes it? are there places out there that want grass/leaf oragnic matter? Or do i have to pay and if so how much is that gonna run me?
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:53 PM
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Well I can't really comment on the DL as I don't own one or have priced one, but as for waste places... You have to locate a place that will take them, usually places that like to make compost. They usually charge anywhere between 35-100 dollars per ton. Hopefully this help. Maybe google "debris dumps near Albany". Hope this helps and best of luck.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:14 AM
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I am a solo operator but during fall clean ups I have 1 or 2 friends help me out depending what job I am doing that day. My set up is as follows.
2- Echo 755T Backpack blowers
1- Little Wonder 11hp Push Blower
1- Billy Goat DL Debris Loader
1- Scag Turf Tiger 61" w/ bagging system
1- F250 with dump insert boxed in with 6ft high walls.

Most jobs I begin with blowing all the beds or areas the mowers can't reach out. Beginning of the fall season when leaf coverage is minimal I will just drive around and suck the leaves up with my mower. At the peak of the season when lawns are completely covered I will normally blow the front yard to a central location/curb where I can get the truck in and suck up the leaves.
My local town dump takes all leaves from residents and turns them into compost. I also have a local farm that sells compost so they take unlimited leaves as well.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:46 PM
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How do you charge for the leaf cleanup.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:55 PM
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i would actually like to know how you guys charge. I guess i would try to guestimate the amount of time it would take but being new is very difficult to find the correct amount of time it would take and so quoting is tough. how do u guys charge? What do you do with cleanups for people waiting until it all falls down and for those that want it done in intervals?
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:32 PM
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i would actually like to know how you guys charge. I guess i would try to guestimate the amount of time it would take but being new is very difficult to find the correct amount of time it would take and so quoting is tough. how do u guys charge? What do you do with cleanups for people waiting until it all falls down and for those that want it done in intervals?
Charge for time it will take you + Profit+ Overhead cost(Gas, Leaf disposal, etc.)

I have No idea what the going rate is in your area so i cant tell you say what it should/ could be.

Nor would me telling you i get $XXX a clean up.. None of which would help you.

For people who wait til EVERY leaf has fallen just makes it easier for you...Give them an estimate when the time comes...Now you dont have to guess on how many leaves will be on the ground. (Takes the guess work out of the job)

Intervals...you just gotta know what YOU want out of the job... Then divide it by how ever many times you're going to go there.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:51 AM
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First picture is what I did two years ago.

Last 3 picture was last years setup. Which work great for almost everything.
NPR flatbed with a 12' x 6' x 8' box (holds 20+ yards)
Bed mounted billygoat loader which doesn't have to be removed for unloading.
Custom built heavy duty 5' x 5' pallet inside of box with 12' chain.
52" Turf Tracer
36 Toro
13hp Billy goat push blower
3 redmax backpacks.

Occasionally we will have to use tarps but this setup has proven to be very fast and takes no additional time when we dump unless they are busy as we use a front loader to pull out the load. I will be doing something very similar this year as well.

Dumps are great if you have the money though... With this setup $1500-2000 is very doable in a day.
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First picture is what I did two years ago.

Last 3 picture was last years setup. Which work great for almost everything.
NPR flatbed with a 12' x 6' x 8' box (holds 20+ yards)
Bed mounted billygoat loader which doesn't have to be removed for unloading.
Custom built heavy duty 5' x 5' pallet inside of box with 12' chain.
52" Turf Tracer
36 Toro
13hp Billy goat push blower
3 redmax backpacks.

Occasionally we will have to use tarps but this setup has proven to be very fast and takes no additional time when we dump unless they are busy as we use a front loader to pull out the load. I will be doing something very similar this year as well.




Dumps are great if you have the money though... With this setup $1500-2000 is very doable in a day.

This set up is awesome
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