Slope mowing / niche market?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Broomjob, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. Broomjob

    Broomjob LawnSite Member
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    A lurkers first post

    Hello all, Yes, I do need my head examined ( as I am sure most of you grizzled vets will point out ). But, I am interested in starting a commercial mowing operation that specializes in the mowing of steep slopes. I have recently retired from a 25 year career in law enforcement and I am living in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. I have about 2.5 acres of mowing on my own property including some areas with slopes approaching 30 to 35 degrees. Some of these slopes need brush hogging and some need finishing mowing. I currently Handle this with a Kubota BX23, 5 ft hog, 5 ft grooming mower, a wb mower and a string trimmer. I have about 300 hours seat time on the BX.

    Taking care of my property has got me thinking (scary) that there might be a market for an operation that specializes in mowing and brush cutting on extreme slopes. Being in the mountains, there are many steeply sloped areas that need mowing. They include residential lawns and fields, ROWs, commercial and industrial properties, roadsides and medians, landfills, dams, floodcontrol areas, golf courses and Ski slopes.

    I have funds (30 to 40k) that I have earmarked for a 2nd career and have been thinking that the purchase of dedicated slope mowing equipment might be a realistic possibility. The only slope mowing going on in my area seems to be by white knuckled tractor jockeys and some boom-mowing. I have been researching some dedicated equipment such as Aebi TT70S, Deweze ATM-72LC, kut-kwick superslopemaster.

    Thanks in advance for the advise and abuse lol

    JBD
     
  2. EXspyguy

    EXspyguy LawnSite Member
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    Looks like you have it pretty well thought out. I have seen the deweze in action, It's a high quility machine. Last I knew it was almost 40k. Make sure your insurance guy knows what your doing and you get the coverage you need.
     
  3. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
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  4. Broomjob

    Broomjob LawnSite Member
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  5. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    Deweze's at auction sales here sell for under $10,000 with about 1000 hours and decent shape.
     
  6. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hi,

    Good post... I personally also used to do the same sort of stuff with a similar sized 4x4 tractor equipped with shorty industrial tires. 5ft belly mower, 5ft full floating rear finish mower (2) and a 5ft bushog. Dump truck and long trailer for transport.

    I mowed most areas 2x4 w/belly mower, some 4x4 w/belly and in some places that were really steep, like mowing up to the timber line, I'd hook up the rear finish mower and mow up the slopes backwards, effectively using the tractor like a 4x4 front mower.

    I even cut some that were so steep I did not feel safe going to them without the front end loader also on it.

    It's not 'ideal' work in my opinion, as it is rough, dangerous and time consuming. But if it's what you want to do, the above methods used with great care is enough to use in order to get your feet wet before investing in a Stiener, Deweze or KutQuick... ect.
     
  7. grillonz

    grillonz LawnSite Member
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    I have have used the Aebi terratrac & while it is a very flash machine the offset engine does not help its slope mowing performance. Also visability is an issue in that the machine has blind spots which is not good when you are pushing machines to their limits. But apart from that if you are willing to get used to the quirks in the control layout then it is ok.

    Happy mowing
    James
     
  8. jgc8fan

    jgc8fan LawnSite Member
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    Wow... Anyone used the AEBI Combicut??? They must either be very expensive or lousy or else why wouldn't every LCO want one? Walk behind mower, slope mower, flail mower, snow blower, street sweeper, and the biggest edger attachment I've seen.

    Never even knew it existed. The thing looks like it's built out of tank parts. The axle looks thicker than my truck's axle. LOL Wonder if they have a sulky for it. :)
     
  9. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Steiner makes a mower too.

    Dual wheels on all four corners, 4 wheel drive.

    It's an out-front brush mower, but if you keep up on the area, it turns into something fairly decent looking.

    There's a company here in MN, they contract to mow all the retaining pond areas around Wal-Marts. They've got 31 locations they do.

    The guy just marches right around with the thing.

    http://www.steinerturf.com/products/tractors/525/
     
  10. Broomjob

    Broomjob LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for your replies and info, still looking to hear from someone who contract mows the steeps as well a further insights in to the actual machines.
     

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