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Watering Rig

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by RLS24, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,597

    I am putting bids in for a local development company for some of their commercial properties for full landscape and lawn maintenance. Nothing huge (which they also have), but enough to get my business to the next level of where I want to be. Anyway, part of the bid spec is they want the seasonal planting beds and pots watered as needed in the event that it doesnt rain much (so probably once or twice a week). The catch is there are no water supply sources readily available at these properties. As in theres no spigots to hook a hose up to outside!

    My initial plan was to get a small trailer (like a 4x6 2,000 lb GVW), mount a 200 gallon tank to it (bolt it down and prob chain-binder it too for good measure) and then put a small gas powered "clear water" pump on it and a garden hose reel. I can get a meter from the local water authority to use fire hydrants to fill it up, and water is cheap and I figure the rest of the setups isnt going to be a fortune either. I think most of the properties I'm bidding on should be able to be done with 200 gallons, the one that would prob need more has a fire hydrant on site so I could easily re-fill.


    I'm sure I'm not the only one who has this in a bid spec, so I was wondering what you guys do? Is there a better way to go about it than the idea I have? Also if anyone has something similar to this and could post some pics that would be good too!
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like it would get the job done.

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  3. meicher806

    meicher806 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you can go with a bigger tank you will be happier in the long run, I started out with a 200 gal tank some years ago, we are now running a 1500gal tank. it just sucks when you spend most of your day running back and forth to get water in your tank.
     
  4. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Only reason I'm going with that small of a tank is so I can get away with buying a smaller trailer to keep costs down. I'm not sure of this is an endeavor that I'm going to get into long-term or how long this contract with the developer will go. I'm bidding on 14 of their properties, and I'm hoping to get about 3-4 of them when all is said and done.

    Also, I know when I used to be a firefighter and I was into driving the trucks and everything, the pumper all had baffles in the tanks so when they were partially empty the water wouldnt slosh around in the tank from side to side causing the truck to be off-balance. Obviously a little 250-gal plastic tank isnt going to have baffles in it, but is that a problem transporting it?
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  5. meicher806

    meicher806 LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah I looked at something like that, but I like the flexibility of the trailer because that way either of my trucks could take it, the one truck has a dump insert in it so I don't think it would fit. Hell, if we were REALLY busy where both trucks were being used and it needed to get done I could take it over there with the wife's SUV if I had to! How heavy are those tanks empty?
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    You should be OK, but there is balls you can buy to put in the tanks to minimize sloshing.

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  8. meicher806

    meicher806 LawnSite Senior Member
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    those tanks are light, i can move around my 1500 gal by my self
     
  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I kept my newly sodded lawn alive in 2007 with a 4hp pump and a 275 gallon water tote. I filled from a lake.
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  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    I don't think 200 gallon's will be enough, but water weigh's 8.3 Lbs. a gallon. That's a lot of weight. Poly tank's are cheap and come in a lot of size's and configuration's. They are light, but they are fragile too. A chain will go right through them. But you can do that if the hydrant isn't to far away.
     

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