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Money Producers

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by A+ Lawncare, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 503

    wondering on what type of job in the green indusrty benefits/makes the most money.... Just trying to get some broad answers from as many ppl i can.....

    whether it be the fall w/fall cleanup like collecting leaves or in the winter when you have to push snow.... or the spring & summer when its grass cutting time or maybe its mulching.... :)
  2. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 503

    IMO i would think small residential leaf cleanups during the fall and spring would produce the most..... b/c an average lawn like an 1/4 size acre you could charge about $50 for cleanup and only be there for 15-25mins.... knock 2 out in an hr and you make $100..... thats an $800 day :)

    but then in the summer i'de say mulch b/c solo you can spread 2-3 yrds of mulch an hr without over working yourself and make about $125-$145 an hr.....
  3. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 620

    For me mulch is my most profitable service. If you want to include snow plowing tho, there isn't much that can touch the money made there if you do it right. Easily $100/hr or better and all you have to do is drive around. payup
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,795

    If your smart you'll set it up to make money all year . I do clean ups, mulch, and edging it spring. Landscapes, ponds, and patios in sumer. lawn installs, cleanups in the fall. fertilizing all year.
  5. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,648

    Snow removal by far. We bill the same amount as we do mowing except instead of a crew of 4 on, there are only 2 on. Labor hours go from 180 hours per week to around 12 hours per week (average)
  6. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 503

    okay guys i know ya gonna give me the thumbs down on the this 1, but hear me out.... i'm 17, as many may know and i'm either gonna get an ranger or an dakota (something of that size).... due to the fact that i'm still in hs and there's no way in heck you could park a f-250 or something of that size in the parking lot of the student lot, u can barely ( and i mean barely park a f-150) in the parking space.... sh*tty school= crappy parking lot......

    anyways can i still plow snow with my future ranger? i wanna get into plowing for residential drives, nothing major. we barely get enough snow in va (season)to pay for a blade & setup... what a total setup of this cost?

    i have 2 atvs (400cc & 500cc)4wd so would i be better off going out buyin plows for the 2 atvs then my future minie truck?
  7. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,795

    yes you can put a plow on all those vehicles if there 4.4 .
    I plowed with a ranger 99 with a 3.0 v6 you just have to get out early because its not going to move a foot of snow very far. I also plowed with a atv its fun but cold and good for side walks
  8. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 503

    the rangers i've been lookin at are v6 4.0 liters, (2001 model) 4x4 off road package... the meanest motor they make for that ranger i think.....

    could i hoke up an salt spreader in the back of the truck in the ranger, how much room does it take?

    also is it very safe to be pullin a 10x6 trailer loaded w/2 atvs behind a 4.0 ltr ranger during a snow storm?
  9. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 508

    just don't get too big of a plow
  10. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 503

    what setup of an plow can i get for the ranger, also the make & model & price would be great!

    i've looked at some moose plows for atvs.... 52'' and brackets @ $700 i think, been awhile so i can't really remember all that great... maybe some1 can correct me if i'm wrong... is it worth the extra $200 for the electric plow setup means you need an electric winch and thats about $300.... so electric blade cost about $1k total (w/winch)

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