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Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Kepple Services, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    That didn't take long. Exactly what happened. A chunk of wood got pushed up into the pan. $1200 for the pan, $285 to overnight it and a day and a half down. We replaced the pan in the customers yard. Thing is just cast aluminum if it was steel I think it may have survived.
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  2. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    if it was steel it would have bent, probably blocked the pickup and spun a few bearings ;)

    dont ask how i know
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    anymore pics?
  4. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    OK, its been awhile and to say the least I have been busy. I don't have to many pics right now but plan on changing that here in a week or so. We recently purchased a new grinder, a Morbark 6600 horizontal. Expect delivery next Monday. It will be delivered directly to the land clearing job im doing right now. 20 acres for a new sub division, just before this we did 16 acres across the street. We started doing land clearing jobs after being asked and have 3 other subdivisions that are bid on. Good thing is starting this new division isn't a bad thing right now as housing starts are up in this area. We also purchased the grinder not only for this new endeavor, but because we needed it in our yard as well. The grinder we purchased comes off the assembly line Friday and is a tracked machine. Ill Grab pictures from all of this ASAP.
  5. MatthewG

    MatthewG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    Subscribed for pics!!
  6. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,724

    Any updates ? Very interested to see how you guys are doing. We are trying to expand into similar markets here in the next few months.
  7. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Some changes yes. We ended up getting a 4600 horizontal not the 6600. We got an unbelievable deal on it, We have worked it and our 1300 tub for 3 months straight 5-6 days a week non stop and ground EVERYTHING in our yard out so we can reconfigure it. We finally don't have $10,000 a week fuel bills as of last week. That's nice.. We are going after a single source provider contract for a mulch customer. Currently we provide only their natural product, and that is 35% of their ground mulch product. They are also our largest customer for mulch by far, with them taking everything we produce but a few thousand yards we sell to a few others (Orlando international airport being our second largest customer) We have a solid outlet for the fines we pull out of the mulch, and are currently screening our greenwaste product and pulling out a "potting soil" blend that we are selling also. We are also going after a contract to provide that for a bagging operator and a huge road project that is starting soon for the side of the road before sodding/seeding.

    I still suck at taking pictures, and have very few. I really need to start taking more of these. Still have land clearing going on, and doing more contract grinding for others than anything. Did a 45 acre job for a contractor last month as well. They logged it for the planted pine, and we came in and cleaned up the leftover stumps and tops.
  8. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,510

    Chris, it sounds like you guys screen your primary grindings through a trommel before you regrind them. Am I correct in assuming this?
  9. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Actually we do a primary grind first through a combo grate of progressive openings. They start at 4, then 6, then 8 inch openings. This gives us a nice chunky primary grind. We then final grind through 2 inch grate in the grinder and we grind directly into our deck screen to scalp out the fines, finished mulch, and any overs that may make it through. The fines and finished mulch are a saleable product, and the overs are brought back around to be put back through the grinder again.

    We looked and demoed a trommel, but went with a track mounted vibrating deck screen instead for a few reasons. We get a better product out of the screen for mulch. No "spears" make it through the screen and into the final product. We can also screen nasty dirty materials without fear of destroying the screen. We have screened a large pile of dirt/broken concrete/roots/junk that a contractor pushed into a pile. We hauled off the crap and left them with a nice useable fill. If we did it with a trommel it would have damaged the screen. We can also move it easily on site because it is on tracks, and also easy to transport with our lowboy.

    We have a keestrack frontier screen. The top deck is a 4 inch punch plate that is 1/4inch thick so it can take a pounding. The bottom screen is a 1/2inch opening screen. Its also nice and easy to change out the screens themselves. I can change out the bottom screen in around 20 minutes.
  10. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I just found a video of our yard that alan made. He is who we purchased the screen from.


    That is our yard he is showing.

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