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fall cleanups with vacuums..what do you have?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by adforester, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. WorldsStrongestLandscaper

    WorldsStrongestLandscaper LawnSite Member
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  2. WorldsStrongestLandscaper

    WorldsStrongestLandscaper LawnSite Member
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    Yea I admit it when I was 12 I did use 2 21" mowers You got me. I'm not saying go buy a dump trailer( there u go being lazy again just proves my point). And I hope u own at least a 16' double axel open trailer , cuz that's what I meant!!! Put up 5 pieces of plywood and just pull it up the ramps and leave the tarp full. Grab a new fresh one and do it again and again till it's filled. Then just back up to the spot and pull each one off !!! Presto I'll be stronger and richer. FYI I just bought a backup 25 hp kohler giant vac as a third for " just incase I suck up an unsuspecting log or brick and bend the shaft. Good luck. Not aiming at u just everyone who thinks as u do. Btw. Back problems suck. Get that looked at cuz it will haunt u in this business. Check out my web page from 2004. NeighborsCare.com. That pic was taken when I bought my first ever new trucks. I was 24. I'm 31 with 8 trucks(plowing mostly)now running 3-4 crews mowing 150+ lawns weekly and (myself) landscape/ hardscape and own a million in equipment which is all pd for . Yeah so my opinion counts brotha. So leave Arnold outa this!!!
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  3. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You asked what I use I have 2 giant vac 20 hp loaders and they weigh about 700 pounds each so know what your getting into before you go that size. The advantage is the hose size 12 inches clogs a 1000% less then 10 inches. Course you could go with a 16 or 18 inch hose but now your talking about 99hp. The units I use are about $5000 each. Now you asked what size to buy here is something to think on if you replace worn parts these things last forever one of mine is 9 years old. Iv replaced the impeller like 2 or 3 times and the liner 2 times had to have the engine rebuilt once as well. So keep that in mind before you buy this your going to have it a long time so don't settle or your regret it.
     
  4. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get a vac. You will not regret it in the long run. This has been the case for us.
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  5. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
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    hell yeah no doubt i have a 23 hp billy goat that i traded in a lemon mower for 4 yrs ago.... best investment for fall clean ups i have made next to buying my Ultra vac!

    The ultra vac gets all the leaves, dumps them in the street or on the driveway(if the house is on a busy street) the we vac. them up with the loader... tripple shredded! LOVE IT!
     
  6. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    i love getting dust buggers too it means more money and less trips to dump

    we all agree that a truck or trailerloader if big enough is the way to do leaves I justdot believe the OP is making the best of hisdollar at this point i feel he needs more accounts before a large investment is needed now if he finds a deal he would be foolish to not get a vac sooner but a smaller truck unit woud be sufficient for now. we have took Agri-fab chipper vac` at1200.00 and made pickup truck loaders for some of our crews and they work good on a budget ..if you have a truck box 6` tall you can expect to take 3 loads off on a 3/4acre turf area with 18 mature oaks and 7 more boardering from the neigbor`s if you do 2 cleanups a year.......if you bag and dump it will get better
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  7. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
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  8. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
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  9. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
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    Last year i was doing weekly cleanups for $75 for around 2 months plus mowing charges, seems like this gadget might fit the bill, but with only a 26" deck it seems small
     
  10. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
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    how many cleanups do you all do for fall cleanup per a yard?

    i offer weekly and end of season
     

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