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PLLandscape Work and Equipment

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by PLLandscape, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,695

    I agree about chasing those $100 jobs. I too run into this quite often. I like to make a certain amount per day working and those half day jobs make it hard sometimes when you have a crew out there. You can only charge so much sometimes. Yeah it would be nice to set up a minimum job price but with my crew of 5 of us I will take whatever and be happy to have the work to keep us busy but I agree it keeps me running to much and eats profits alot. Some days we make little profits and other days we make up for it with larger easier jobs so it mostly levels out I think.
  2. PLLandscape

    PLLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 982

    I'll still continue to do the jobs that come my way. I think the smaller ones can create more frustration some days. I don't have a crew and I know having help would make me much more efficient/quicker on these types of jobs.

    Goal for next year. Have enough work for a consistent part time summer helper. I'm at that point, in my life not necessarily in business, where I need to reduce the amount of field work I'm doing. I'll still be out there just need the laborer(s) to reduce the burden.
  3. PLLandscape

    PLLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 982

    Got the first real leaf box partially together today. I know it's early but the amount of leaves coming down in my own yard is scary and would rather be ready than scrambling like last year. I only have a few properties that need actual removal and last year the box was just made up with the scrap around the garage. I went with an actual "box" sitting in the trailer vs connecting it with the dump trailers side boards. Dont worry it's strapped down and chained to the trailer. That way the box can be removed if I'm in need of the dump trailer for any late landscaping. And I use the dump to haul around the mower so it's easier this way. It's pretty heavy though and would rather not to need to remove it. It would be real nice to have a winch mounted to the front floor of that trailer. I picked up a smaller "vintage" truck loader for this operation last year. A new loader would take way too many years to recoup and most towns here haul away leaves anyways so not much need for this set up.
  4. PLLandscape

    PLLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 982

    Alright first things first. This is called the BUDGET leaf rig build. I have barely a handful of fall cleanup/leaf removal customers but enough that I needed something to help with removal as the town only picks up leaves in bags.... Not a chance with the amount of leaves, and probably environmentally irresponsible. I needed something but spending $1500 on a used, beat up "commercial" unit would take too long to recover and may need to be replaced which I saw as a waste of money. New one, not for $3000. So I found a leaf loader last year. It's not a Billy Goat, nor Little Wonder, not even close to anything of the such. It was made by Parker Sweeper Company (which still makes leaf loaders), and is no longer made. That's how old this thing is. But the guy I bought it from was a guy who cared for everything he owned. I was personally owned and mainly used as a blower instead of loader. He must have been an engineer to configure it the way he wanted. This thing was immaculate for being as old as it was and started on the second pull. Handed him some cash and it served me well last year. The "leaf box" was constructed of scrap laying around. Hardly a good choice but worked. It loaded quite well but had two problems. The suction hose had a ton of holes and the leaves were barely broken down.

    I decided to make a few changes this year. First was mounting it on the trailer tongue as I just had it sitting in the dump bed last year. Bought a new suction hose (holy expensive), and installed a reducing blade. Then constructed a box to sit inside the dump trailer. Finding an exhaust/loading hose was next to impossible so I fabbed up some ducting. It worked great last year, and is CHEAP. A custom piece would cost a fortune! Enough reading here it is. Don't worry it's chained to the trailer D-Rings too. Oh and if you're wondering why only half the trailer? I use the trailer to haul the mower around too during clean ups. The box is 9 cu.ft.

    Leaf Rig 2013.JPG
  5. PLLandscape

    PLLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 982

    I needed or wanted to fix the problem with the leaves not shredding up enough. So I bought a shredding blade but realized it wasn't going to just bolt on. I called a local machine shop and they fabbed up a piece to hook up the blade to the impeller. Works like a charm. Ran a wheelbarrow full of leaves through it and it did have more reduction than in the past. yea these small pieces add up but I'm still way below the cost of a beat used loader. Also, if in the future the demand for cleanups rises I'll make the investment in a commercial loader and custom leaf box (similar to perfect earths). For now this set up works and is completely paid for. Sorry some of the images are sideways.

    Leaf Loader (stock).JPG

    Leaf Loader (new parts).JPG

    Leaf Loader (custom part).JPG

    Leaf Loader (custom part & shredder).JPG

    Leaf Loader (modified).JPG
  6. Deererunner

    Deererunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 319

    Where did you order the shredding blade from? I need to get one for mine.
  7. PLLandscape

    PLLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 982

    I'll plead the 5th on that one only because I used another manufacturers product on this. Whatever equipment you have just call that manufacturer or search it out on the internet.
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  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    great work, I like your design and your install is very clean.
  9. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,738

    work looks great! what program did you use on the second page to make that design?
  10. PLLandscape

    PLLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 982

    Thanks. I'm still always learning and finding things I need to improve upon.
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