Sod guys! Look here!!!

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by zzach001, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. zzach001

    zzach001 LawnSite Member
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    Any sod experts can you please give me advice on the cheapest way of unloading a semi full of sod? usually 400 or 500 sq ft of floratam or bahia. I am looking to truck up my own sod from south florida and my only problem is when It gets to my job in central florida I have no way to unload it. I wouldnt mind spending the money on the machine I just cant afford something to pricey right now. I know there are some cheap piggy backs, moffetts and bobcat out there does anyone have any ideas or advice?

    Thanks a ton. I have about 40,000 sq ft lines up and am sick of paying high dollar from local sod places.
    Thanks
     
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    sunbelt rentals
     
  3. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Your buying truckloads of sod with no way to unload it once it gets to your place! That's genius..
    You need to have a logistics brain storming session and figure out how to make it work. I tried a few years ago, but it's just too expensive to truck up your own sod.

    Best bet is to see if a local nursery will cut you a deal if you buy a whole truckload.

    What are you selling sod jobs at $0.60/sf?
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  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    He has been posting all over trying to get an answer. Equipment cost is why more guys don't truck in their own sod.
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  5. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
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    skidsteer with a set of forks? Sunbelt or any of the other equipment rental places
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    And how do you get it on and off a semi trailer?
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  7. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
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    didn't say if it was a enclosed or open flatbed, around here there on "open" flat beds so you pull up to the side of the trailer and lift spin move then drop it in place.

    if its a closed semi trailer hook a gd chain or tow strap around center support of pallet and drag it back to the opening so that you can get to it, or get a freakn pallet jack.

    had to unload 2 semi full of double stacked pumpkin boxes on pallets this way.
     
  8. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
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    or just hire a bunch of ******** to hump it out of the semi and onto new pallets.
     
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your assuming this is being delivered to one location. I am calling Shenanagans! It sounds like 40k of sod is out of your league. You priced it too low and now you have to try not to lose your butt.
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  10. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
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    "usually 400 or 500 sq ft of floratam or bahia" 1 pallet to a truckload is a pretty big jump I agree.

    in response to multiple locations as my lil girl might say..... duh truck, trailer & skidsteer are moved easy enough.

    been a few days, had multiple reply's with none from OP......... I think I may jump on the he's full of it as well board.
     

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