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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    thats how i see it to kelly's we bought some new mowers like 2 weeks ago and they are getting close to 100 hours on them now
     
  2. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yea we run ours 3 days a week sounds like your running them 5-6 Id love to do that but then how would all the rest of that fun crap that goes with owning a business get done.
     
  3. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    yep i know how that goes . I spend more time in the office or field estimating and looking at new prospects then actually riding a mower the crews run 5 days a week and if its wet the may pull 2nd shifts at times to get everything done but generally its 7 am untill dark or finished. We got light on the mowers so now they can mow untill they are content lol
     
  4. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
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    lol I have had it for two seasons, last season and this one...
    I have one property that takes me 2 hours by myself and I charge $160 a week, that's $640 a month just for one lawn and for me that's a good check plus the 11 other lawns
     
  5. adforester

    adforester LawnSite Member
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    I went to a powerr equipment shop and asked about the swing away gates for leaf vacuums and the guy said that for 1ton dumps they don't swing away enough, but i only have a srw dump insert so I imagine it would work?
    anyhone have a swing away mount on a 1ton that works?
     
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    They make them in two styles one for pick ups and one for dump trucks the difference is the arm is a bit longer on the dump truck to clear it when it dumps. So do this look the brand vac your interested in up on the internet and get to know the models your at the mercy of the dealers if you don't have a clue what your talking about so educate yourself first.
     
  7. cannondale23

    cannondale23 LawnSite Member
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    in my opinion buy a bagger system for the freedom z, split up the fall clean up into three service points, if you're only looking at 16 to 20 fall clean ups, then mulch and see if some customers have a mulch pile in the yard...end of story
     
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  8. fredie

    fredie LawnSite Member
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    Hi, new to this site, lots of info as I am starting a lawncare business, live in manitoba canada, could I just start out using a lawn sweeper? Or should I bit the bullet and invest in a leaf collecting system?
     
  9. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    A few pics from last fall with our 20hp giant vac we made into a swing away on the leaf box

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  10. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    And yes we really do have big trees here and no there is no way to mulch it when you produce this volume. The real sad part was this was only the front year on this house the back yard we got to blow into the woods or we would have had 3 truck loads on this house.
     

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