Bush Hogging marketing

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Moose's Mowing, May 4, 2014.

  1. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I struggle with that decision. I know how valuable a ctl is and know how useful an ex is. But having a tractor already I lean towards the ex and a cheaper big tire machine
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  2. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nope not competition. I'm in PA
     
  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Anyone having any luck? I've got NO hits online
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  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    For someone wanting to look into this can you guys recommend a good "starter" set up for bush hogging?

    I had to google the mini excavator with mower attachment. It looks nice and great for retention ponds. I actually had a guy ask about that the other day.
     
  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Depends on your budget and what else you want to do with machine
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  6. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    nope, not yet. Didn't put any signs out yet. Usually it's been July until people start looking but weeds and brush are getting pretty thick up here already. Might be starting a little earlier than other years or maybe I just started to notice.......guess I better order some new signs today and get them out.
     
  7. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    It's just the opposite around here... My thinking is because of being "coal" country and the mountains there isn't a lot of tractors, especially older ones. The guys around here with tractors are full time cattle farmers and they wouldn't start to bring any of their equipment out to do any extra work. Adding a compact tractor has really opened a lot of doors in a lot of different ways besides just brush hogging.

    We do a decent amount of lot clearing. I've stated in other threads but we run a Kubota B2920 and have a 4' and 5' brush hog. Personally I wouldn't tackle anything over a couple of acres just due to the time involved and the fact that we deal with a lot of hilly terrain.

    We can pretty much name our price as long as we aren't trying to be greedy, but $70+ per acre is nothing. For overgrown city lots or clearing off the back end of properties sometimes we can name $300 for an acre and get a smile and handshake in return. But remember clearing a hilly acre takes a LOT longer than a flat acre.

    We do have a large 25 acre partial swamp that is a municipal owned property that is a once a month job that we do contract out to a guy with a 6000 series JD and 8' brush hog. He charges us a CHEAP hourly rate, not acre rate and that's only because he lives less than 1/2 mile down the road and he literally just hops in the tractor and rides it to the site.

    My dream would be a mini-EX with a mulch head, that could really make some money!
     
  8. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    Depending on the size you want... We started out a few years back with a Kubota BX and a 4' brush hog. It was a great little machine, but "little" is the key word. Traded it off for a B2920 and added a 5' brush hog. It's a niche size as the tractor can get in about anywhere and you won't spend all day with 5'.

    If you want some acreage you would need to go with a 45hp+ tractor and at least a 6' brush hog.
     
  9. JF660R

    JF660R LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from SW MO
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    Around here I see people push snow with back hoes, and skid steers.

    I've often wondered if a tractor or a skid steer would make a profitable double duty machine, snow & brush clearing.

    You guys do all your snow work with a truck?
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  10. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    Several strip malls around here could have either a large tractor with a 12' snow blade, an excavator, a skid steer with snow blade, whatever gets the job done sitting in the back corner of the lot. If they make an attachment for it, you can probably use it....
     

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