Leaf cleanup idea

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by mowerbrad, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 705

    will put if someone would to come and do my and house and my 3 rental houses 50.00 each bring it on and i do have a dump spot in back of my barn. they are all in the same area my house 3 truck loads and the 3 rental are about 1 1/2 truck loads each that would be 150.00 for all them.
     
  2. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    well i know for me this business is about selling time NOT efficiency. so yes if i can get the job done quicker i'm gonna have a cheaper price.

    if i look at a property and can get it done in 3 man hours thats what the client will pay. no matter what equipment i use.

    i have properties that if the client would get a larger gate opening to where i could get larger equipment in i'd be willing to lower the price per cut. it'd save me the hassle of using the 21 incher.
     
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Trust me, once the customer has the leaves in a pile, it's an emergency for them to get rid of them. They want it done NOW!
     
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Good point.
     
  5. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 6x12 hydro dump trailer (with 6' side extensions I built - total 16 cu yrd capacity) I bought brand new at the beginning of last season for leaves. I also have a 16 horse little wonder loader. I learned a quick lesson the hard way the first time I took it to the dump. Nothing came out... I mean nothing... My LW shreds the leaves up pretty good, and just the sheer weight of the leaves packs them in like a brick. I have to pay an additional fee to get pull off by a front loader. That's fine, but had I known that I would never have purchased a "dump" trailer. I would have just bought another good large trailer and saved a few thousand dollars. Just sayin'... you might be better off with the same and saving a few large in the process.
     
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Did you try backing up and then nailing the brakes or putting it in 4wd (assuming you have it) and flooring it?
     
  7. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yep. Except for the 4wd I dont have. But I tried the flooring it method in reverse and slamming on the brakes. And just flooring it. Many, many, many times on many different occasions. I swear I would have just bought a large nice non-dumper had I known.
     
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That doesn't sound right what is the angle of the bed when fully raised and are the leaves wet or dry. Some trailer builders use smaller lift arms and place them farther toward the front to save money, but the draw back is that you cannot get a 45-55 degree dump angle.
     
  9. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 705

    only time that has happen to me. is i leave them in over night in the on my truck. i just back and lock them up out them come. riding around will pack them in and harden like bricks . i all so try not to full it to the top leaving some space. i think the box on the back of truck is better then on trailer.
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2010
  10. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Posts: 1,074

    You are simply leaving money on the table. People are willing to pay more for a once or twice a year service.
    Have you ever heard of charging what the market will bear?
     

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