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Old 11-25-2012, 07:02 PM
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Bark blower. Input needed!

Looking for any information from those of you who own or have used bark blowers to apply your mulch.

For a few years we have considered purchasing a blower to reduce our dependency on manual labor and to reduce the physical strain on your body from conventional mulching (wheel barrow and rake/pitch fork).

I thought about using sub contractors with the big express blowers but feared that we may lose clients when they realized we are using subs.

What are the pros/cons of these machine?
Are the new ones (post 2009) different from older models (2000-2008)?
How long before I see my ROI?

Thanks for your help
Michael
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:47 AM
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I purchased a Finn BB302, 4 years ago. It made mulching much more profitable for us. Be sure yo have enough work for it. At lease a 1000 yds a year.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:10 PM
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Thanks for the reply... How many guys were you able to eliminate from mulching and move them to other tasks?

What are the major things to look out for as far as maintenance on these machines?
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:50 PM
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I was able to eliminate 3 or 4 men. It's not just the labor you save, it's the amount of mulch used. We are able to do job with at least 10 to 15% less mulch. That's savings in my pocket.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:14 PM
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Also be sure to look at something like mulch Mule or Finn has their equivalent. Here in the south we don't see many as mulch blowers I think possibly the because of the dust that they would make with Pinebark mulch. But in a lot of places you can't get a blower to in my area. The main problem you have mulching is the pitchfork and the mulch Mule or an equivalent I think would take that part away.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:34 PM
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We did consider a mulch mule because of the ability to use for stone, topsoil, etc but it really only eliminates part of the equation (wheel barrow loading). I feel that getting the material to a specific spot and then spreading it is just as mulch effort, if not more, than just loading. If only I would have won the powerball then I could have had both lol
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:46 AM
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I was never very impressed with the Mulch Mule. To pay that much money just to fill up a wheel barrel, is rediculus. The Finn does most of the work and yo are able to spread mulch thinner.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:50 AM
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For stone, a center metering gate on the tailgate of a dump does a great job of filling wheelbarrels.
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