Advice on Compost Spreader

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by replenish&subdue, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Will it fit through a 40" gate?
     
  2. onebreezer

    onebreezer LawnSite Member
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    there are some gates that it will not fit thru. I have taken off the chain guard from the side so it will fit thru most. We do over a hundred back yards a season and find only three or so that won't fit
     
  3. onebreezer

    onebreezer LawnSite Member
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    we will sometimes unscrew the gate from the post or take a section of gate down if it can be done qickly enough. we will do from 8000 to 10000 foot a day with one machine working
     
  4. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lawn Solutions will have the best available compost spreader - EVER in 2010. If you can't wait your only options are Turfcos and Eco Lawn. Yes kiril it will fit through a 40 inch gate.
     
  5. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    Cant wait to see it
     
  6. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    Are you correct in the figures you mentioned? Each of the lawns we care for are that size at least.
     
  7. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think he means 80,000 to 100,000 sq ft a day. One of his trucks at 1/4 inch can probably do 30,000 sf - so he does 3 loads a day??? Just guessing here. Even to lay down some seed and cover with compost @ 1 inch would do about 8,000 sf and that would take his set up about an hour? onebreezer? help here?
     
  8. onebreezer

    onebreezer LawnSite Member
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    Not sure what you are asking. We topdress and core about 8000 sq foot a day. We usually use two guys. One to topdress and the other to core aerate at the same time. But one guy can do it. We get our load, arrive in front of the property, unload and unhook the trailer, roll it back, one guy starts topdressing, the other guy puts out some fliers, then aerates behind the topdresser, we hand fill low areas, fill in around trees, drag if nessicary, load up, clean up, leave a sign in the yard and a bill at the door, go home. Two guys can do 8000 in a 4 to 8 hours with out break downs. Depends on distance, amount of hand work needed, how far the truck is from the grass, break downs, speed of workers. Our average lawn size is 8000 sq foot.
     
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That doesn't sound like very good production. I can aerate, seed and topdress 8000 by myself in that time. I use Earth & Turf 100sp http://www.earthandturf.com/100sp.htm and have to shovel compost from truck into topdresser. I don't work as fast as I used to, I'm 58.
     
  10. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree Barry. I'm 66 and capable of coreing and composting that size lawn in a full day.(shovel and wheelbarrow) But to me, that's too slow for enough production.(Not to say I could do that five days a week. :sleeping:) I have two young employees and would be upset with them if it took them longer than about 3 to 3 1/2 hours with a machine. AND it would cost me too much.
     

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