Tractors and Mulch

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by danslawncare, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The short answer, yes.

    The long answer, yes, it depends on the job. I have the New Holland TC35DA, a compact tractor, not a "Farm" tractor per sey.

    So, if you have a sub-compact, or compact tractor, with turf tires or such, or like the new holland with Super Steer where the front axle does some of the turning, and if you are careful in your turns, not harsh, a tractor is better than a wheel barrow.

    Tim
     
  2. danslawncare

    danslawncare LawnSite Member
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    Tim are you running industrials or turfs. By the way turfs suck compared to R4's
     
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Quit with the tractor and mulching threads.
    get yourself a cheap trailor from TSC and adapt a set of atv or smaller lawn tractor tires for it add 4 tall side walls and you have a 4x8 mulch trailor that will float over even moist to wet lawns when pulled by a quad, and never leave a mark.
     
  4. 021462

    021462 LawnSite Member
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    Ah............... that would involve a shovel. :nono:
     
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    No, it would involve a fork same as with a tractor. You dump out of the dump truck into the trailor and fork it into the beds. The only time you would be saving with a tractor is the dumping of the bucket, you still need to spread it around.
    And while your slowly trying not to tear up the sod or waiting for it to dry I'm done with 1 job and on to the next :clapping:
     
  6. danslawncare

    danslawncare LawnSite Member
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    Right, but that still requires an extra man to scoop out of the cart. Additionally how do you get it to the customers house? Pull it down the road? Yeah right on ATV tires!!! Or how about going up a hill with 3 cubic yards in it? I assume you are pulling this? I still like my tractor way!
     
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I load a dump truck up and the mulch trailor. I pull the quad and mulch trailor on to the big trailor since I don't need to bring a tractor. When I get to the property I'm already loaded with 3 yrds of muclh in the trailor thats hooked to the quad so as soon as I turn the key off I drove to the farthest spot I'm going to start spreading. The other guy is unhooking the trailor from the dunp after the first load is done I'm back and dumping from the truck into the mulch trailor. and I'm off again to repeat the process.

    All the while your trying not to tear up a yd with a tractor:)

    And I have to compact tractor to use to spread mulch, so when its easier and conditions are right I will use them
     
  8. 021462

    021462 LawnSite Member
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    Whatever trips your trigger....:)
     
  9. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    No, what ever makes $450-$500 an hour :waving:
     
  10. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    Plus it allows you to buy an ATV and write it off!!:clapping:
     

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