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Just used my seal coat machine

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by DJ Contracting, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. RayGauthier

    RayGauthier LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    I've been at this a while. It's alot of fun did you look at the web site?
    They are old pictures that I took a while back thinking of changing them and or adding more .I am hoping for a year like the last one.payup
    What is your maximum driveways done in one day?
     
  2. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909

    We do mostly commercial and we dont use the oil stuff.
     
  3. RayGauthier

    RayGauthier LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    It's only really shinny for 3 weeks then it turns mate black.
    I really like the product because the home owners really like the shine and it goes on really well !!!
    The home owners would like it to stay but after 3 weeks it turns mate black and looks like it was brand new again every home I do they love it !!!!!!!
    :cool:
     
  4. That setup is not a professional and good way to apply sealer. There is no mixing, simply recirculating, which does very little.
     
  5. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909


    He's not applying real sealer. Hes using the gyspy oil stuff which is apparantly popular up there. No mixing needed for that
     
  6. lloydwacket

    lloydwacket LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Hey murray83,
    Just starting out myself and don't know too much about it. But I do know you don't invest a ton of $$$ when starting out. i can't imagine buying a new truck with all that elite equipment starting out. i bet at least 70% of guys who start in this business quit in 2 yrs. The main objective is to keep your costs low. I've known a ton of guys that started something (lawn cutting, window cleaning, etc) that got buried because they went out and spent too much in equipment. I am not looking to have a ton of success this year, but next yr things might pickup and than I'll buy this crap.
     
  7. no businesses are get rich quick schemes. i've knowen people who have spent like over 25k on a scag mower, sthil weed whackers, chain saws, leaf blowers, etc. etc. for their 3 lawn business then just give up. total ****** move.

    I started out last year with a truck and a few thousand in basic tools and equipment sealing out of drums and buckets. I got a few thousand dollars in contracts lined up so I am getting a tank/spray unit. it will be here next week, i'll post pics. Its almost $17,000 with shipping but its a huge asset in getting jobs done fast (especially big commercial jobs) and i should come close to paying it off this year. I can't even seal yet and I've got like $12,000 in contracts already and I've done minimal marketing, so I am confident it will be a good investment. Obviously 12k isnt all profit but its a good start. you can most likely more than pay it off if you do like $70k in sales.
     
  8. black-top magic

    black-top magic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    I've been using the same set up using sealmaster asphalt based sealer with 3lbs. of sand per gallon of sealer at a 20%cut and have had zero problems so far! so don't let these guys beat you down. But, SELL REAL SEALER!! Keep an extra pump on hand, just in case. No matter what your set up is your seals can blow at any time, You got an inexpensive set up so spend a little extra money on back up parts and seals. good luck and happy ealing.
     
  9. ATV

    ATV LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    What do you guys call a "real sealer"? Brands?
     
  10. black-top magic

    black-top magic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    It really depends on what distributers are in you area I use SEALMASTER sealer it is the best i've ever used and it is fairly close to pick up in my area. Real sealer is coal tar or asphalt based a lot of scammers in this business use Gilsinite (sp?) aka gypsonite which usually ruins a driveway making it need repaved within a few years.
     

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