Work, Equipment, Truck, Toys, Etc

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by JContracting, May 29, 2012.

  1. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
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    So are you going to race motocross this year? It sounds like your fast enough to race B class this season?
     
  2. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I could maybe race B on a supercross track and if I were to buy a new bike & get the suspension set up right. But on an outdoor's style track, no way haha.

    I may do a few races this year but we'll see. I'm pretty much 110% focused on growing my company and then buying a house & shop w/ land. I'll definitely be at Millville for the pro national weekend, plan on arriving Tuesday evening and riding Thursday practice and then enjoying the rest of the weekend :drinkup:
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  3. landscaper5

    landscaper5 LawnSite Member
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    What are you looking at starting the season with as far as equipment and employees? Also what new equipment do you plan on getting for the crew and what type of work will they be handling?
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  4. landscaper5

    landscaper5 LawnSite Member
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    Also you were talking about the spray rig as a dedicated lawn care rig, and how you would use that for fertilizing, aerating and spot spraying. I was just wondering how does that work for fertilizing? Do you just spray it on the grass from the rig or do you still have to put it in a spreader and spread it on the yard?
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  5. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Depending on what I land for new accts and accts renewing , I'll start off right away with the setup I had this fall. My 8.1 pulling my enclosed and the mowers, blowers, etc. Within a month after the season starts I plan to purchase a dump trailer as long as the install work keeps flowing and I earn enough profit right away in the season to purchase it with cash. If I can keep the install work flowing through the season and I'm able to build a maint. route for a 2 man crew (I wouldn't be apart of it) to handle and then a design & install crew that I myself along with 1 or 2 others depending on job size will be a part of.
    The design & install crew will consist of a truck (not sure if my 8.1 or have the maint. crew use it if I buy a new (06 or newer) Duramax, or if I buy a 03-06 6.0/8.1 for the maint. crew) that's still all up in the air right now but then a dump trailer, I'm set on the Load Trail 14' or 16' w/ 7k lb axles and then hand tools & wheel barrows. I figured into my budget this year to purchase a concrete saw & compactor for hardscapes if that's something we pursue which I'm on the fence about, we didn't exactly set the world on fire with hardscapes last year as having to rent the equipment cut into the profits plus not being able to find the right guys. For skid work, my irrigation guys have a skid and will most likely do the majority of my skid work for the cost of renting a Kubota SVL 75 or a little bit more, that would be very nice because I won't have the wear & tear nor spend the time picking it up, bringing it back, and I don't have to run it! That'll most likely be the plan until I purchase a Kubota SVL 75 in a year or two.

    I've decided to not pursue the electric powered sprayer, if I don't buy a Permagreen style ride-on sprayer it'll be a gas powered skid sprayer to mount on my 6x10 open.

    I meant using the open trailer as the dedicated lawn care rig.
    I have a Lesco stainless steel walk behind spreader, it's currently used for salt, that's used for granular fert in the spring/summer/fall, it works great for resis & small commercial. I'd mount the backpack sprayers on my open trailer for spot spraying.
     
  6. landscaper5

    landscaper5 LawnSite Member
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    Nice man, I take it you're a chevy guy. Do you think it could be very hectic with trying to find workers to fill the maintance route in mid season while keeping up with the install work if all works out well?. Also you said you may not pursue hardscapes very much, so I'm guessing you will be pursuing landscape installs heavy? Also I'm thinking of taking a class related to lawn/tree pesticides in a few years, which I think would be a good thing to learn since not many landscapers/ lawn care guys do that around me. Did you ever take a class like this or did you learn from internet/reading?
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  7. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm definitely a fan of Chevys. My dad has always had them for trucks and one of my Grandpas also has. I don't like having to lock hubs manually with Fords and the only Dodge I'd own is a Cummins. My irrigation guys have a 6.0 Ford and have had to put $5,000+ in repairs this year to get theirs to run right and the other horror stories of the 6.4s leads me to steer clear of them.

    I plan to get guys right away in the season for the maint. crew as long as the work is there. I do think it will be challenging to find someone to run the crew though, I know that's what I have to do to grow the business but to hand the keys to someone to drive about 60% of my life's investment is somewhat tough to do but with the right systems it should work well.

    I have 2 younger brothers that are 18 & 19 and have lots of friends that can work as laborers, one of my bro's grad'd from Wyotech and works full time at a Firestone but has sporadic days off and will always be up for working, the other will be home from UND from May-Aug, I may have him work also. I had some of them work last year on installs (not hardscapes though) and most of them worked great especially once everyone gets rolling in a groove.

    I have a degree in hort, learned most of the "in the field" things from my courses in the program. I also have learned a fair amount online from this site as well as reading Turf Mag and Lawn & Landscape Mag.
     
  8. landscaper5

    landscaper5 LawnSite Member
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    It seems finding some one to take over for you is the hardest part in growing any business. I'm sure with the right systems and determination you will find some one. Anything is achievable and the sky is the limit. How many years did you go to school for hort. ?
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  9. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's definitely true that the sky is the limit. And I my degree is an Associate's. I went to rhe University of North Dakota right after high school for 1.5 yrs (3 semesters) then transferred to where I graduated from. The whole program took 5 semesters and I graduated this past May.
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  10. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
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    What year is their 6.0? And yes the 6.4 has plenty of problems, but the 6.7 is one heck of an engine and you really can't kill a 7.3... So I wouldn't judge an entire brand off of two engines....
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