Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-10-2010, 06:37 PM
marquis de sod marquis de sod is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: macomb, Ill.
Posts: 91
I need feed back on eco-lawn applicator

I am considering the purchase of an eco-lawn and was interested in opinions of current users.
How is the ease of use?
How finely can you adjust your application rates?
Is it a real time saver over the wheelbarrow and blower method?
And lastly, is it a head turner? do you get inquiries from people that see you in action?
I am in a very small market and am the only local offering organics and would like to "get the word out" in a hurry.
thanks.
__________________
Jeff Moore
www.thelawnmoores.com
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-19-2010, 09:14 PM
adam.neusbaum adam.neusbaum is online now
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: summerfield, fl
Posts: 488
Thumbs up

Currently I have a Turfco Mete-r-matic and it's just so so. I mean, it certainly does a good job but it's so much heavier than the Ecolawn. I'd just love to work the versatile E spreader. I can put the compost on thicker and more evenly distributed with the T MM but I'd rather cross pattern spread if I had to just to enjoy the zippiness of the E. Spreader.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-20-2010, 09:02 AM
phasthound's Avatar
phasthound phasthound is online now
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Mt. Laurel, NJ
Posts: 4,061
I still have the 100sp Earth & Turf topdresser for sale.
__________________
Barry Draycott

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-20-2010, 09:30 AM
marquis de sod marquis de sod is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: macomb, Ill.
Posts: 91
I ended up buying and eco-lawn last summer and just love it. Loading compost in my 1-ton dump truck I can use a concrete placer to drag the compost off into the spreader and can do @ 6-8 cubic yards an hour.
__________________
Jeff Moore
www.thelawnmoores.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-20-2010, 09:38 AM
starry night's Avatar
starry night starry night is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ohio's North Coast
Posts: 2,086
Quote:
Originally Posted by marquis de sod View Post
I ended up buying and eco-lawn last summer and just love it. Loading compost in my 1-ton dump truck I can use a concrete placer to drag the compost off into the spreader and can do @ 6-8 cubic yards an hour.
Thanks for the feedback, Jeff. I have talked to a couple guys here in Ohio who purchased the Eco-Lawn recently and they have good things to say. I'm just about ready to get one myself.
__________________
Phil Bauer
Starry Night Lighting


"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine."
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-20-2010, 12:17 PM
djagusch djagusch is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: MN
Posts: 3,458
Quote:
Originally Posted by marquis de sod View Post
I ended up buying and eco-lawn last summer and just love it. Loading compost in my 1-ton dump truck I can use a concrete placer to drag the compost off into the spreader and can do @ 6-8 cubic yards an hour.
Been in the same boat, no one around here has one. If I got one could I sell enough to justify it? Could I rent it to other LCO's?

How did the first summer go for you? The 6 to 8 yards in an hour how much is your market willing to pay for that? How many jobs did you get? Any before and after pics?

I got one HOA I know that would add the service to the yearly contract but I don't know if others would follow or not.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-20-2010, 02:55 PM
marquis de sod marquis de sod is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: macomb, Ill.
Posts: 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by djagusch View Post
Been in the same boat, no one around here has one. If I got one could I sell enough to justify it? Could I rent it to other LCO's?

How did the first summer go for you? The 6 to 8 yards in an hour how much is your market willing to pay for that? How many jobs did you get? Any before and after pics?

I got one HOA I know that would add the service to the yearly contract but I don't know if others would follow or not.
djagusch,
I'm on a five year business developpment plan right now and the first summer was spent talking a few clients into some fertilization and building a soccer field (volunteer work). I wanted to become familiar with the equipment, the time involved and the materials I could put on befrore I started really pushing the service. I didn't make any money to speak of with it this summer. I'm sending out bids for next year right now.
I doubt I could find a rental market amongst other LCO's and I'd rather sell the compost as well. I'm in a small college town (pop.20,000) and the market will be limited although there are 3 fert and squirt guys in town that keep fairly busy.
I guess you have to decide the amount of time you want to amortize a purchase like that. I happen to be post college age children and can play with my business plan a little longer. I did figure I could get quite a bit of my money back out of it if I hit any major snags.
As for pictures, I've got one up with a thread in the sports field forum on soccer field drainage and I'd say the videos on their website are exactly what I was getting as well. It spreads good compost rather evenly and can be adjusted easily for different rates.
__________________
Jeff Moore
www.thelawnmoores.com
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-20-2010, 11:08 PM
adam.neusbaum adam.neusbaum is online now
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: summerfield, fl
Posts: 488
Loading compost in my 1-ton dump truck I can use a concrete placer to drag the compost off into the spreader and can do @ 6-8 cubic yards an hour.[/QUOTE]

If I've shoveled 5 yards into my Turfco I've shoveled 100. Please elaborate on your "concrete placer".
Thanks-Adam
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-20-2010, 11:15 PM
adam.neusbaum adam.neusbaum is online now
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: summerfield, fl
Posts: 488
Currently I'm charging $55 cubic yard. Our average yard takes all 5 yards for $275. It definitely feels like a lot of work with my Turfco but I couldn't do much else to make $190 over 3 hours time. I'm interested in this "cement placer" since my retrofitted LOADHANDLER didn't work as I'd hoped. With my International dumptruck I can only tilt it a little while the machine is parked under the rear-end & besides I don't want all 5 yards dumping out and around the machine. So I used two individual drag sheets and steel rod cranks but my design was flawed. Our last job I used our Skidsteer to fill the hopper after dumping the 10 yards right in the road, I was sure glad I didn't try shoveling all that dirt.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-21-2010, 09:14 AM
marquis de sod marquis de sod is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: macomb, Ill.
Posts: 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by adam.neusbaum View Post
Currently I'm charging $55 cubic yard. Our average yard takes all 5 yards for $275. It definitely feels like a lot of work with my Turfco but I couldn't do much else to make $190 over 3 hours time. I'm interested in this "cement placer" since my retrofitted LOADHANDLER didn't work as I'd hoped. With my International dumptruck I can only tilt it a little while the machine is parked under the rear-end & besides I don't want all 5 yards dumping out and around the machine. So I used two individual drag sheets and steel rod cranks but my design was flawed. Our last job I used our Skidsteer to fill the hopper after dumping the 10 yards right in the road, I was sure glad I didn't try shoveling all that dirt.
Adam,
The "placer" is merely a straight handle with a solid flat blade on the end situated like a rake. for example: http://www.jimslimstools.com/Departm...es--Rakes.aspx
I tip the bed up a little and drag the compost into the spreader. I adjust the tailgate and lift the bed as I need more compost. Definitely easier than scooping!
Doesn't sound like you are charging very much for your compost at $55 a yard. Are you covering all your material and equipment costs?
__________________
Jeff Moore
www.thelawnmoores.com
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:53 PM.

Page generated in 0.10184 seconds with 7 queries