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Our Equipment over the years...

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by PR0 TURF, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    How did you go from 2 walk-behinds to a shop & **** load of equipment in 4-years?? That's awesome! Also how old were you when you started?
  2. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,258

    ProTurf, it's bean a while since i've posted on your thread, still my favorite though...i've found the truck/trailer combo to be a pain in the ass for the most part, have you ever considered doing a cabover truck type deal with the landscape bed on the back to simply drive the mowers up on and delete the trailer all together? i know it's hard to find a good used 4x4 for snow removal, but they are out there...we are going this route, hopefully sooner than later, and are going with the detachable dovetail, mainly for snow removal...what are your thoughts?
  3. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,258

    also, how much did you pick up that compressor for, i'd guess around 6k? we just picked one up too, definitely older than yours though...did you guys completely take it apart to paint it?!!! seems like a lot of work but it looks awesome, like a brand new compressor, any tips you can give me would be very helpful, we will be painting it soon...

    i noticed you say sprinkler systems instead of irrigation, is that a part of your strategy since some people don't know what irrigation is?
  4. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    Someone with no experience starts at $10-$12/hr.
  5. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    I like the idea but have never given it much serious thought. We prefer an enclosed area (trailer) for the mowers. So unless we were going with something like a SuperLawn Truck style setup the cabover with the open back probably would not work for us. I think they are a very slick setup not having to deal with a trailer and all, for some reason they have not taken off up here. I don't think I've ever seen one in the field up this way. Also, we like the one-tons for winter plowing etc. If you do end up getting one please share some pics with me...I am always open to new things.

  6. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    We picked that compressor up for $1,800. The fuel tank was filled with "muck" so we had to pull the motor out to get the tank out. While we had it all apart we decided to give it some serious TLC. With the finish product of the compressor, electric reel, we are probably only $3k into it with lettering etc.

    Yes...we often say Sprinkler Systems instead of irrigation because the average person knows what a sprinkler system is more than irrigation. Most people know both, but sprinkler systems is the safe bet...or so we think?!

  7. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    I was mowing lawns with a craftsman tractor in high school. I didn't buy a commercial mower and actually get started until 2001...I was 20 yrs old at that time.

  8. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    We went down to New Jersey to take a look at this leaf truck a few weeks ago. I don't often say a piece of equipment is too big, but this thing was just too much for our needs...the thing was a monster! I'm sure it's a hell of a leaf machine, but it just wasn't for us. Figured you would enjoy a few pics of it...

    The truck was a 1990 Isuzu & the vac was a 1996 85hp diesel Giant Vac.


    Leaf Truck (1).jpg

    Leaf Truck (2).jpg

    Leaf Truck (3).jpg

    Leaf Truck (4).jpg
  9. Kleen Kutz

    Kleen Kutz LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ama,La
    Posts: 1,604

    Okay, how did you get to the point of letting your workers go out on there own to service your customers without you. I'm at the point of letting my workers go out on there own but it's just hard to do that, only because they don't have the supervision over them. They might not do as good of enough job as if I was there with them. Don't won't no angry customers. Then it's all about trusting them too.
  10. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    We would have a foreman/supervisor, someone that we trust go out with them. We would not just send a crew of untrained guys with no experience out to jobs. One good guy running the crew watches over the other guys and teaches/trains them on how we do things and makes sure the jobs come out to our level of expectation.


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