Wheel Barrow or Walk behind Dingo?

Discussion in 'Rental Equipment' started by Kleen Kutz, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. Kleen Kutz

    Kleen Kutz LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ama,La
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    Fellas, I have a customer that needs about 9 yards of dirt in his backyard. It'll be dumped in the front yard. And the gate is about 4 1/2 foot wide. I'm debating on whether or not to use a walk behind Dingo or just wheel barrow it. The distance is about 50-60 yards round trip.

    The advantage of a Dingo is that I can spread it as well and less work overall. But spreading by hand will be less work.

    The disadvantage of using a wheel barrow is more work plus it's equivalent to about 50 trips depending on how it's loaded. Plus it'll take longer, and I'll have to spread it by hand.

    So, my question to you guys what do you think is best to use? Also, how long you think it'll take with the walk behind compared to the wheel barrow?

    (My take is use the Dingo and times wise it'll take about 5-6 hours)
     
  2. ilike2mow

    ilike2mow LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would say go for the dingo because if it can save you time that's always a plus. Just make sure you factor into your final cost to the customer the use of the dingo.
     
  3. AnythingCanHappe

    AnythingCanHappe LawnSite Member
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    I say both.
    Use the Dingo to load the dirt in the wheel barrow
    Using the Dingo to spread dirt doesnt work to well and you will be able to fit more dirt in a wheel barrow and walk back and forth faster anyways
    What will be even better is if you have a tow behind trailer for a lawn mower
     
  4. ilike2mow

    ilike2mow LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's another option. But the trailer behind a lawn mower would only be an option if he has access to a lawn tractor.
     
  5. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    I ruined a little tilt pull behind trailer this way back in my beginnings but it was way worth it. We hauled gravel for a job in one. Shoveled by hand and pulled with a mower into back yard. Same situation. The tongue bent at the end and we could only do half loads. It was well worth it. Sold the remains on CL. I would do it this way again if I had the job to do again. Dump and drive away, back up to totally empty the trailer, rinse, repeat.
     
  6. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
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    In my area I can rent a Dingo for about $160/day. I'd pay $160 to not have to wheelbarrow/shovel that stuff. Even if you can't fit much dirt in the bucket it will still probably be faster. It never gets tired, and can ferry dirt back and forth all day at a constant speed. Not to mention the time you'll save shoveling dirt into a wheelbarrow. I believe there is also a boxscraper available for the Dingo. If you're leveling, a boxscraper is awful handy. Get the Dingo!
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  7. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    The OP is talking about 50X 50yds round trip. That's about a mile and a half. The dingo goes 4.5 MPH. Speed isn't a factor in this decision. Get the dingo and make life easy. You sold me.:clapping:
     
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    One guy could do that before lunch, costs less than a dingo. Plus you still have to pay someone to pick it up, operate it, and return it. Plus if you keep it in the truck you can chute it right into the wheelbarrow and run circles around the dingo. Those things are awkward
     
  9. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Make sure you get a dingo with a rider platform if you go that route. Otherwise you're doing all the walking anyways.
     
  10. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a ride on dingo, and unless it is uphill on the loaded haul, I'd use the wheel barrow. Plus, that many trips with a Dingo, will leave turf & rut damage that will need repaired. I also have the tilt yard trailer, and that would be my choice if the garden tractor was an option. I could walk with the wheel barrow much faster than using the dingo.
     

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