Anyone do sprinkler blow outs????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cuttin-to-the-Max, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
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    OK well for the past year we have been blowing out sprinklers in the fall...
    Do any of you guys do this too? We get amazingly quite i few/ several Calls for for this service. We dont do full service sprinkler installs and stuff like that but we do this.....
    I used to do sprinklers full time for a couple years so i know what im doing
    :cool2: <<<lol jk but I was wondering if anyone else did this....
    Do you guys rent a Compressor too???
    IMO I think its a MUST to have one of those pull behind compressors for quick service but they are pretty expensive!!!!!!
    For a 250CFM compressor Diesel can be as much as $45,000
    Do you guys rent them for the week month day or what???
    how much do you pay?
    only reason i dont reall wanna buy one is because i can buy about 3 ZTR's with that money! Also i have no use for it in the summer then i just have no where to put it either....
  2. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    You can make an air compressor. All you need is a motor and a tank and some piping and other stuff. Throw It on a trailer and you're good, infact I was talkin with someone about this today. Some I know a few guy around here that own them, idk who rents them though!
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  3. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
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    Irrigation guy wandering through the forum...

    We rent compressors... 185 cfm. I keep thinking I'd buy a well used one (i.e. 2000-3000) hours on it and it would pay for itself in a couple of years.

    But...they seem to be quite finicky and we probably have to stop at the rental house for a swap/repair once in a two week rental. If my rental house can't keep them running reliably, I haven't got a chance.

    Our blow out season is pretty short.. 2-3 weeks. For what a compressor costs, you just can't justify owning one for that short a time frame.

    A two man team can do 30-35 houses/day.
  4. Mr. Rain

    Mr. Rain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    I bought an older used one and paid for it in about a week. Best machine I ever bought as far as a money maker. I sold it a couple years ago when I cut back to part time for double what I paid after adding a power hose reel. Never put a dime in repairs in it other than normal service and a set of new tires. It was a 185 with a diesel. Keep your eyes open on auctions and you can pick up a pretty solid 185 size for 3500 to 4500 pretty easily. Mine was an off brand that I picked up cheaper, but never did anything but make money.

    Nice thing about having your own is you're not at the mercy of availability and can cash in on last minute jobs without having to fork out a full rental. Plus it's kind of handy to have around for other uses.
  5. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,841

    We only do about 400 per year. All pre-paid by Oct. 15th.
  6. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,329

    yeah i might look into buying one! Used
    400 jobs isnt too bad!!!!
    Im doin about 50 lol
    Hopefully more soon
    We just started doing them!
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,392

    I rent 1 and own one. Owning one is good for the late callers. I usualy do between 850-900.
  8. unit28

    unit28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,557

    for normal residential systems,
    if they don't have a boiler drain can you connect to the test port
    at the PVB?

    I turn systems back on in the spring but never winterized them.

    Using the manufactures recomendation of not exceeding the maximum PSI
    Just wondering if some people open more than one zone at a time, and get more production done.

    good luck
  9. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    I rent a 250 cfm compressor by the week. I can open 2 to 6 stations at a time on the small jobs.

    But I also have jobs that a 250 will barely lift the sprinkler heads after the initial shot of air clears out a lot of the water.

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