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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by redoak77, Mar 12, 2005.
Does anyone have a Finn Bark Blower? If so how do u like it, and how much do the models cost?
Anyone have one of these?
We run all EB trucks so I can't tell you about the Finn machaines. The EB units range in price you can get an idea of price at there site. Just go to the equipment page and click on used equipment. www.expressblower.com
You would also probably get more of a response if you posted in the maint or landscaping forum. most of the blower truck guys keep an eye on thoughs and not the mowing forum.
we have a finn......we like it. we keep it busy year round. only thing we do is switch out the air locks once a season. they dont seem to last that long, so we constantly have a newly built one on the shelf so we have no down time. we have a unit that holds about 20 yards heaped. im not sure if you are talkign about the small trailer models or the bigger units.
how many yards can be put down in a day with a 40 yard truck?
If you are talking about the 40 yard EB units there are several variables to consider. All jobs are going do differ based on distance from truck size of beds, clean up time and so on. During our busy season we shoot for 120 yards per day that is two loads with our 60 yard trucks. Now with a 40 you are going to do less do to loading of your material. Now on some jobs things are different, we do all of the major airports around our two locations Detroit metro, Ford international (grand rapids), Oakland county air port... and the list goes on. Most of these jobs have extremely large beds for example the Ford international we were doing a new install the beds were so large that we were putting down 6-10 truck loads per bed. When you are doing work like this you can expect to increase your productivity we were doing around 3 loads which ='s 180 yards by 5pm. This was during our late season so we would finish earlier in the day. During the busy season we run from 5am till dark which is typically around 9pm. So an average job site (60 yards) you are looking at anywhere from 3 to 6 hours to complete due to clean up, difficulty/size of beds, and other miscellaneous reasons. you also have to consider tree rings which are the most time consuming but the least material consuming part of the biz. I could go on for pages on all of this but there is a ton to consider when looking at yardage per day. Oh it also depends on your crew how good they are and such. We run three man crews whenever possible this way you have one guy doing constant clean up, one running the truck, and the third helping maneuver the hose and helping the clean up guy.
Those blowers are expensive!
Never owned one....thought about it but was skeptical when demoing a few and there were problems that hurt production on those particular days....but those were used units owned by other companies we were working with. Then we hooked up with a nursery a few years back and their machine (think it was a Finn) was in top working condition and man oh man, what a difference. Find someone who has one. See if you can work some sort of deal...you help them (labor) and swap for the machine for a day, or whatever. Definitely an eye-opener.
This is why I feel it is system works much better as a stand alone service. I can direct all my attention to the truck and company rather than trying to run to separate companies. This type of investment warrants you giving it a good amount of attention. When you are not connected with a landscaping company you can also generate a little more biz. I know I have gained a few of my clients because they did not like the idea of paying there competition to put there materials down. All the other blower companies in my area are owned by large landscaping companies.