Plug-N-Poop Package, doing it right now

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by adam.neusbaum, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not that I've ever seen.
    My topdressing service was a slow start & I was glad I only paid $1750 for my first Turfco so it didn't take too many $275 jobs to make that back. If it wasn't for getting into a Del Webb community 1.5 years back I might have given it up, of course it helps when you have a full-time job otherwise. Word of mouth made it all happen from the first one to over 125 ytd. I've even had a woman leave a message "I'd like to schedule a date for you to come by and poop-on-my-lawn". Her words exactly & she had me out again this year. That's what you get when your contact number is 1-855-Cow-Poop.
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  2. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hi adam.neusbaum....what type of dump trailer do you have? I can pick up compost up here for a penny a pound....which is really cheap. I'm looking for a good dump trailer....and would like it if the A-Frame (front part of the hitch) could fit the eco-spreader. It would have to be custom made. Do you have any pictures of your set up? And is your dump trailer the type with the fold down sides? Thanks!
     
  3. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    I started topdressing with a borrowed International dumptruck & it was a killer. I was scoop shoveling it out the back. Then I went to a F350 dumptruck but could only hold 6 yards so I then added an Isuzu with a 14' dumpbox which holds up to 12 yards. After recently deciding to scale back on trucks i just sold the Ford to my brother. I'll post a pic of my simple set-up sometime over the weekend. I just pull a small 5x10 trailer for the aerator & eco. Sorry, I've never used a dump-trailer mostly because I need a high starting point so the material can almost gravity fill the Spreader via a slanted 4x8 sheet of plywood. Definitely the simplest way I've found at this point.
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  4. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Will you post a picture of the slanted 4x8 plywood method?

    I am interested in your system. I almost thought a dump trailer with the fold over sides would be nice, because you can drive the spreader to the side, and then just shovel/push the compo into the hopper. But I've never seen it in person.

    Thanks for the future pictures!!!
     
  5. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    My dad is such a help. He's currently camping out in Wyoming, about 2500 miles from here with only his Honda Reflex 250cc scooter and a few basic necessities like, a tent, a handgun, a few clothes & a gas burner. He ask me when I'm going to decide to drop out of the rat-race like he did. He explains how he feels 20 years old again without all the obligations but with life's experience to know what's really important.
    His favorite song is My Life by Billy Joel:
    Lyrics:
    Got a call from an old friend
    We used to be real close
    Said he couldn't go on the American way
    Closed the shop, sold the house
    Bought a ticket to the West Coast
    Now he gives them a stand-up routine in L.A.

    I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm alright
    I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home
    I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life
    Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone

    I never said you had to offer me a second chance
    I never said I was a victim of circumstance
    I still belong, don't get me wrong
    And you can speak you mind
    But not on my time

    They will tell you you can't sleep alone
    In a strange place
    Then they'll tell you you can't sleep
    With somebody else
    Ah, but sooner or later you sleep
    In your own space
    Either way it's okay
    You wake up with yourself

    I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm alright
    I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home
    I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life
    Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone

    I never said you had to offer me a second chance
    I never said I was a victim of circumstance
    I still belong, don't get me wrong
    And you can speak you mind
    But not on my time
    I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life
    Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone

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  6. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sorry, I forgot to mention the attached pics of the plywood assist.
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  7. Green_Will

    Green_Will LawnSite Member
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    I am doing a bid for a top dress and overseed right now. Boy, everything happens for a reason. I was trying to figure out how to justify the expense of renting the loader, delivering a huge load of compost, dumping it, raking it, etc, etc. I need to look into the top dressing machine.
     
  8. Green_Will

    Green_Will LawnSite Member
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    Does the top dresser vibrate or sift somehow? Sorry if that's a stupid question, but I'm wondering how dry and fine the compost has to be before loading the machine.
     
  9. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    One huge benefit of the Turfco is the compost or sand can be saturated & it always makes its way down to the hopper-wide conveyor belt as long as the center divider is removed. It literally looks like I've painted the entire lawn black (easy to see where you've been). The benefit of the Eco is that it slings the material down into the rootzone instead of just laying on top of the turf since the Eco is a broadcaster & Turfco is a drop Spreader. On occasion I've spent equal time raking it in for a finer finish. Besides my moisture issues (raining daily now here in Florida) id prefer a finer screened compost. Wish I had my own powerscreener. Though its manure derived its not consistent especially if they use the older inferior screener then im raking out bits of mulch pieces which really steams me. This makes it rare to have much competition because its so specialized I.m.h.o.
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  10. Green_Will

    Green_Will LawnSite Member
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    Cool, thanks for the info. I also wanted to say that I think it is rare that we figure life out for ourselves with enough time to do anything about it.... Sounds like you father is one of the few. The song (without the goofball in the red spandex) makes a better motto than a song.
     

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