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blowing mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by sven1277, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 630

    We will be installing about 120-150yds at an apt complex. Lots of small sections. Mostly in front of individual units. A local rental company rents the Finn bb302. I have not used one before and have a few questions. The mulch will be dropped on site. I have a skid steer, a mini ex with 18" bucket and 2 mason dumps with 5/6yd capacity. The two options I have been considering to spread it include as follows.
    1- Load mason dumps with 6yd loads and dump on streets throughout property the day before mulch is blown. Then use the ss to load the blower. There would be a lot of road cleanup after.
    2-Leave the ss at the mulch pile and use it to load the mason dumps the day of blowing. Then use the mini ex to load from along side of the truck as it tows the blower. This seems preferable to me as there will be less cleanup and the mulch is always right there. No guessing on properly spacing the piles. The loading mechanism is slower.
    What are your thoughts on the best way to utilize the blower? Also, can two people efficiently run this blower, or would three people be better?

    I like the idea of using the blower. I just don't want to waste time figuring out the best method on the job to use it. Thanks so much for your replies.
     
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Rig a funnel off the back of the dumps somehow?
     
  3. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 630

    blower hopper is too high
     
  4. Nature's-ImageOH

    Nature's-ImageOH LawnSite Member
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    With the right amount of crew, you can lay way more mulch by hand than with than with a machine with way less mess, and less cost. The only advantage that I can find with the machine is that it can be applied thin. I would take a good crew over the machine any day, or a mulch mule. :usflag:
     
  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,749

    Borrow a skid to load the trucks. Then have a skid with the trucks. The funnel dumps to the skid bucket and then to the blower
     
  6. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    Everybody wants a skidsteer... thats not the way! In most cases, Skid steers are too heavy and big for apartments! We have a couple JD 2320's and LOVE them.

    like this! Ours have turf tires so they dont mess up the grass as much..
    We drop piles and have the guys spreading... Have the truck drop the piles in a pretty central location and its key!

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  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,087

    Ours had a funnel stock. Pushed off the 650s into the hopper
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  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,749

    A coal/ asphalt shoot? Truck place by me said $500 to add one. It would work but it would be slow.

    I actually built a funnel when I was loading asphalt into wheelbarrows with a barn door truck.
     

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