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New Beginning's - ARPI photo tour

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ARP, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    You track over less ground than you would with a skid or trackloader to clear the same area. Also, since you can clear a large space around you before you move the machine, you can see obstacles on the ground before you drive over them or into them.
  2. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,514

    I would think you would be able to stay more stable working on a hill with the excavator over a skid steer too.
  3. anthonyp

    anthonyp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    I was wondering if you could choose between just the Bobcat vs the Deere, which one would it be?? I`m thinking the Deere would be a bit more versatile, but the Bobcat a better mulcher...Tony
  4. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Tony- its hard to compare as they are two completely different machines with different applications. I will say that we find ourselves using the Ddeere more than the Bobcat these days. But I wouldn't be using the Deere if I hadn't built the business on the Bobcat.
  5. jmacd

    jmacd LawnSite Member
    Posts: 210

    The post were you went back to clear a ROW that you did 2 years ago is sign of things to come.
    You can get into a cycle of clearing that will keep you busy with out any new ROW's at some point.

    Do you set up a cycle for each row, say every 2 years or 3 depending on the growth. Then you are securing work for years ahead and you can fill your calender in advance. This will help in investment and planning for growth. Like a service contract, sign on for more, longer commitments the price gets better.
  6. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    We hope it's a sign of things to come as well. Most utilities won't sign a multi-year contract for mowing as they really only operate on a yearly basis (can be a bit short sighted, I know). The best we can do is keep in touch with the utilities and try to convince them to keep up on their maintenance schedule. For some utilities, they see the value in our service and call us back repeatedly, while others do it once and hope it will get them buy for another 10 years.
  7. prodirtinc

    prodirtinc LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 12

    just read your whole thread, very interesting and a good read, but i was wondering the same thing (your post was #652)
  8. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    The range for mowing in an 8 hr day is anywhere from just over an acre in tall grass to maybe a 10th of an acre in heavy brush that is 4" in diameter.
  9. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366

    thats why alot of people down here just clear and grade it out, by the time its all said and done you can clear 2 acres of that in a day, burn it and be done.

    Blow some straw on it and seed it at the end if they want/ need it.
  10. anthonyp

    anthonyp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    Ha, and a little further down south, we try and just burn every few years and hope the fire doesn`t escape.....This year I hope to use the cutter(harrow)---fifteen ft wide---and see if it does a decent job getting rid of the re-growth. I can do well in excess of twenty acres a day , but am not sure as the grass is so thick Bahia grass.....Tony

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