fall cleanups with vacuums..what do you have?

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

  1. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    you guys are fing dumb......trees are trees and we arein the south yes butthe leaf jobs we do range from 1 tre on a lawn to 30-40 oaks on 4 acres.....we do massive leaves down here . if all we did was vac with walkers we would never get done.we are invested fully in leaves ad make more in a 2 month period then we do all year mowing.
    we have 2 man crews in 8" of leaves doing 1 job a day......filling 1800 cuft of trailer a day. thisis abouta guy spending 5k ona loader to bill7k of work

    they load a 52` tracter trailer everyday of our leaf season with our leaf only crew so i know mass leaves.but our normal crews just work smarter then a 5k investment
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  2. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    we use plows as well and use a machine that makes walkers look like a toy the dedicated leaf only crew only does 3 acre plus jobs and does them in 1hour 30 minutes

    what they do in a hour would take most 4 or 5 hours
    that is why we designed the system...... we went from 4 walkers on a 1acre lot to 1 machine. in 3 of its dumps it would fill a truck box......and the 3 men on the team does 40 acres a day of heavy leaves. then at the end of the year a mowing crew with walkers simply pick up theleft overs
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  3. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    i will see if i can find pics of a one job leaf piles that they dump for the trucks to haul
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  4. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
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    Some of you are saying that 2500 on a leaf vacuum is too much money for someone who only has
    7000 worth of cleanup but remember that the leaf vacuum should last 5 years and if I were
    To hire helpers it would cost me 1800 just for one season!
    Also I don't or can't seem to find any hard workers up here in Massachusetts, how do you all
    Find your help?
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  5. TJ Property

    TJ Property LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    I picked up a 18 hp vac last year in mint shape for 1500 dollars just shop around they are out there. IMO work smarter not harder. If your in the business for the long run it is a smart/coast efficient investment.
     
  6. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    if it last 5 years your not growing much is any....... we burn them up every year and a half.. most will trade up for bogger in 3 years....so you either will not use it much or you wont buy a big vac for that cost. either way good luck
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  7. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
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    what is the life expectancy of a leaf vacuum?

    I have a scag freedom z and have had it 2 years and have less than 100 hours on it but have made money with it so far to keep me and my girlfriend supported, I imagine my mower will last 10 years atleast.

    XLS how long does your mowers vs vacuums last? are they two different beasts?
     
  8. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    i love it ................ how many acres of grass do you cut exactly??? 10 years right keep dreaming unless your mowing 50 hours of mowing does not support anything so you may have the kids fooled but your off son .

    if i was living in your world they would last 5 years max in my world i aim to replace them EVERY YEAR and then i simply reinvest as needed to keep them going
    we have walkers 10-13 years old pushing 9k hours total . but it comes at a cost of replacing engines ect.
    we would be lucky if a mower went 3 years with out major repairs we log anywhere form 700 -1500 hours a year on each of about 40 mowers and it is a engine every 3rd year at best

    Our vaccums last them about 250-300 hours before dirt ingestion kills the rings /cylinders so get hour meters on your equipment and challenge the times i give you . and if your not mowing more then 50 hours a year then your joking or full of it
    if your claiming a business of mowing that is . and if your doing other work then i suspect your making money to support the girlfriend off of that work not the mowing
     
  9. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am calling kid alert and B.S you have had it for 2 years ................it says 2010 freedom z in your info ...... it is just 2011 right and yeah i know you got it early i know
     
  10. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    wow 100 hours in 2 years I put that on in about a month my oldest mower has 4550 hours atm so to put that in your usage it would last about 90-100 years. But on the plus side your probably good for life with that light use.
     

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