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Old 11-21-2012, 08:50 PM
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80 bucks for a half acre,

My word.

We did a simple town lot, 100 x 40, 5 mature trees, three hours, $150.00

And that's just getting them to the curb, no hauling. Would have probably been two trips with the leaf loader and 6 yard box.

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:08 PM
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Everyone has a different opinion, Walker's have one of, if not the best cuts and they are designed to pick up clippings and leaves. A few other mowers with vacuum baggers can be very close to the quality and the cheaper cost draw most towards "regular" zero turns instead of spending the money on the Walkers.

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how old is the walker you have now?
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:14 PM
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:22 PM
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I may end up making some taller sides to my truck bed to try and squeeze more leaves in so we can make less trips. I think I'm just getting to the point of hating leaves. At least its money for this time of the year though.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:31 PM
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leaves and weeds are the biggest pain the @$$, at least with weeds you have the option to spend money on machinery. All you can do with weeds is pull them and make sure you put down a pre-mergent for next time.

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Old 11-21-2012, 11:36 PM
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Yes mulching the leaves will take them down in size considerably. Also the leaf loader will reduce the size and make them much more compact.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:03 AM
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Either a leaf-loader or a ZTR with bagger will save time. Both will chop up the leaves quite a lot, which will allow for fewer dump runs. Try the gator blades.

But the big issue is that if you are not charging for dump runs then you are not charging for your time on the job. If 2 men are taking 4 hours per cleanup and only charging $80, then you are billing at $10 per hr/per guy for what should be one of the most profitable services of the year. Pay for gas and equipment and you may be in the $7.50 range. Heaven forbid you have one equipment failure, you are losing money. Every market is different, but around here 4 hours for 2 guys would be in the $400 range.

I don't want to sound negative, but you may not have the right equipment to be competitive until you get a ztr or leaf-loader.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:25 AM
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hey guys, with your ZTRs how big is the bag? i assume you bag the leaves with your ZTR and then drop at your leaf loader or in your trailer/box?
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:31 AM
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80 bucks for a half acre,

My word.

We did a simple town lot, 100 x 40, 5 mature trees, three hours, $150.00

And that's just getting them to the curb, no hauling. Would have probably been two trips with the leaf loader and 6 yard box.

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Thats how we do it. I dont even offer haul away. The town does bulk pickup once a year. I just have my 2 workers blow the gardens out onto the lawn. Then I drive by on the 60 inch Z with the tripple bagger. Easy as pie!
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:20 AM
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Im in your area and a job that size I would charge $150+ It should take us 1-1.5hrs.

Although we are not bagging. I use a 7X16 dump trailer with 8ft. tall sides and a leaf vac.

With two men we can average 7-8 jobs a day. That's when we are geared up for leaves only. Most of the time we are mowing, trimming shrubs, leaf removal etc... all in one day! Maybe one day a week we can do just leaf removal.
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