How do you do clean ups...

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by tcalb2, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
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    This is for all the solo setups out there. How do you do clean ups? What method do you use for hauling the leaves away? Tarps, Leaf loader, dump trailer ….
    I’ve read almost all the posts about clean ups on this site and a few others I belong to. My problem is I used tarps this past fall and used ramps to load them into my dump truck. This proved to be pretty tough seeing as I would need to get a running start to even have a chance of getting the tarps into the back of the truck.

    I’ve looked into the costs of running a leaf loader and their pretty high, I also looked into getting a ramp mounted on the front of my trailer so I could walk right into the dump bed. Does anyone have any suggestions.
     
  2. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
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    This is my current setup. I fill the front half of my trailer and then try to fill the dump. This isn't a current photo so the side boards weren't up on the dump yet.

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  3. PVLAND

    PVLAND LawnSite Member
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    I'll use tarps, but I find it easier to blow all the leaves into a pile, chop them up with the mowed and empty the catcher into a can. Makes it easier to get into the truck and takes up less room. Only down side is that it does take more time.
     
  4. PVLAND

    PVLAND LawnSite Member
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    I'll use tarps, but I find it easier to blow all the leaves into a pile, chop them up with the mowed and empty the catcher into a can. Makes it easier to get into the truck and takes up less room. Only down side is that it does take more time.
     
  5. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Either you buy the equipement to make your job easier, more competitive, and faster, or you struggle the old fashion way. You and your tarp just can't compete with a company that has machinery for cleanups.
     
  6. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
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    I understand your point. But with machinery comes expenses. I'm not looking to split hairs here I just don't know if there is any other way, before I go out and spend the thousands on a loader.
     
  7. wski4fun

    wski4fun LawnSite Senior Member
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    If the jobs are out there then you should go for it. It will save you a ton of time and save the body. You can fit more in the truck and make less trips to the dump. With the time you save you can be picking up piles for the landscapers that don't have one and have it pay for itself. Any big jobs I had I called a buddy of mine and had him pick up my piles.Working by myself it helped out alot. I can cut many more lawns than I can clean up so it made sense for me. If you do get one, I would not get anything smaller than a 16hp. Smaller and it will be more apt to get bogged with wet leaves and sticks. Good Luck.
     
  8. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    You got the dump truck, by the truck loader and be efficent at loading the leaves. Its sooooo much faster. My fall equipement consits of, 20HP GHS Walker with a Buffalo Turbine blower, Hustler S/Z with a bac-vac unit, 16HP Lesco truck loader and a Echo hand blower. I can move a lot of leaves in a very short time.
     
  9. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
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    hahaha

    RUSH RUSH RUSH

    i camly rake out my shrubs, run the big rake over stuff thats matted down
    Blow/ rake everthing into tarp drag towards the street pictchfork into truck... if its windy pitchfork into Large can then into truck. i sometimes put a ramp on my rear tires
    so i can just walk up


    really have anyone have the concept of roii???????

    for a solo to pay for one of them do you realize how much hes going to have to clean up
    to actually make that profitible

    the homeowners not paying you any more

    how much time is that really going to save you.

    looks like brand new your looking at 2 to 3000 dollars

    Say he charges 200 dollars for the job
    how much of that money is to load and remove them
    Lets go high as a kite and say half

    100 dollars

    how much time will it take to load them by tarp pitchfork, can
    how much time will you save

    take that number and multiply by x yards to = 2000$...But wait now you have to feed it with gas, change the oil ect..... so even more yards need to be done

    Whats my point... a solo don't need a 16 horse leave loader a 3 man crew ok a set of 3 man crews what a tool

    As far as competeing... in what a leave loading contest...think your customer cares how there loaded? If you really want to lock the clean up market down as a solo well be my guest...I clean my customers and noone elses....

    Tcalb I have almost the same setup and trust me its not bad... pm me if you have any more questions

    Nate
     
  10. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    I don't know how the hell anyone gets anything done using tarps and rakes. What I do, is use the BP blower to blow out beds and around the house and stuff. Then go over it with the Dixon, to chop everything up, than suck up what's left with my Walker. Dump the Walker into Rubbermaid bins, dump those in the truck. Next year I am gonna have a dump insert or a flatbed dump for cleanups, and also, if things go EXTREMELY well in terms of picking up new customers, a Walker with the high dump.
     

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