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Old 03-29-2015, 02:20 PM
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Best Method to repair this commercial lawn - see pics

Nice size area was ripped up over the winter for perc testing.

I have a Bobcat A300, I plan to rent a Harley rake (the round spinning drum) and really try to work out the clumps of grass and rocks.

Yes I know a tracked machine is better, but its what I have.

After its flat I will bring in tri axles of topsoil (18 yards) per load, additional cost per extra load.

Seed then straw.

Any thoughts on the Harley rake, vs something else like a rock hound?
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:26 PM
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Harley rake will be perfect for that and your machine will be fine in all wheel steer. I use my rake on my wheeled machine no problem.
Make 2 passes with the rake to clean it up. Slam the dirt in there quick and sloppy with the bucket then go back to the rake and it will make it like glass
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:29 PM
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Judging by what you can see, how many top soil loads do you think? Mainly to fill some low spots and top dress?
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How many sf is the area? You can really paint it on thin with the rake
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:40 PM
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Grass was growing there before, one or two trucks should be fine.
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Old 03-29-2015, 04:17 PM
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I have quite a bit of experience with Harley on back of a tractor and know I could do a good job on this. I agree with the others: you will have no problem.

You mentioned perc test. In the last picture that's not a collapsed dry well is it?
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:59 AM
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Grass will grow on bad soil--provided you irrigate it and take care of it with fertilizer and weed control. Clearly there is grass all around the bad spots. You don't need to get rid of EVERY rock--grass doesn't care if there are a few rocks. Do be sure to contour the ground for a bit of slope and adequate drainage, yet nothing too steep to mow.

Don't go nuts with the topsoil--unless you make a nice profit on every load. I think you should charge about $75 per hour for any job where you have to sweat.

Be sure to charge them for full rental cost of the equipment, and fuel plus your time as a skilled labor transporting the rental equipment. (Skilled in driving truck and trailer, right?) If you use a trailer you have to charge the customer a couple additional dollars per hour as you are essentially renting the trailer to him. Charge enough to your customers that you will be able to replace the trailer at the end of its useful life, plus its maintenance, insurance and tires cost
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:38 AM
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I don't think I have an issue with pricing, but ill break it down for fun.

Harley rake rental for the day $130
One load of screened topsoil delivered $509
Seed and straw $100
Fuel $80

Charge $1,460.00 - $819 (expenses) = $641/$80 an hour = 8 hours, I should be done in 4-5 plus I always add 1 hour for travel time, I think that's fair as I am trying to pick up their year round work

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