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Running maintenance company out of a dump

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by unkownfl, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
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    Same here in our area..the days of hauling away for peanuts are over....even in the higher end communities....they would rather have a more affordable rate.
     
  2. Sorry you have the wrong area-look up palm beach island
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  3. There are areas here in which you must take vegetation with you and the amount of landscaping at these homes will fill up a dump very quick. Sorry, but if your not charging for that there is a problem. Not you, just in general. You have to factor in time to the dump, time at the dump, fuel, etc. My high end customers have no problem with me leaving vegetation.
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  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm lucky I have a burn pit and I also have a very good connection with a nursery that takes my debris for like 30 bucks I can bring a whole dump truck load of crap dirt etc as long as there isn't any non vegetation in it. Nursery is 1/4 mile from my house.
     
  5. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
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    its still 30.00 plus travel time for driver, fuel, mileage, ect.....its costing you more than you think.....we only haul away if the customer opts to have that as part of their service....and it costs them more...they either want or not...
     
  6. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not really costing me anything I haven't accounted for. I know about how much trimmings I'm going to have to take. I wait until my trailer is ready to go and make a full dump. It's a 1/4 mile from the house and takes 30 minutes max to start the truck to turn the truck off back at the house. I give myself 10 bucks in labor. I usually only have to go when I do Sod jobs or cutouts for beds or hardscapes. I can just throw the hedge clippings or palm clippings in with those loads. Essentially I double dip most of the time. The hardwood I keep for the fire pit when we have family and friends get together at the house around the pool etc.... Sometimes I'll fire the smoker up and burn some hard wood in it then I'll throw some in the fire pit.
     
  7. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Absolutely true, one size doesn't fit all, you need what works for your situation. I just wanted to point out a few things to think about.
     
  8. bwhuntr40

    bwhuntr40 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    I bought an F450 dump last year with an 8' x 12' bed. It works great pulling a trailer with my 48" Turf Tracer and 60" lazer with more than enough room in the bed of the truck for debris for spring and fall cleanups. I built underbody toolboxes to hold blowers, gas cans, tools, etc. and mounted my trimmer racks on the wooden stake sides that I built. This way, during the spring and summer, I can run my regular maintenance routes with just the truck and the removable dovetail and ramp that I built to load my mowers directly onto my truck. Works great and very versatile.
     
  9. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's good to hear. I'm still looking for a decent gas dump. I bet that dove is heavy to remove.
     
  10. bwhuntr40

    bwhuntr40 LawnSite Member
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    It isn't that hard to remove. I can do it by myself. It removes in two pieces, first the ramp then the dovetail. I'm actually planning to fashion some sort of "legs" on it so that I can remove/install it in one piece by just backing up to it and installing a few hitch pins. Good luck with the search!
     

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