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Down with the rental compressor

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by amar, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. amar

    amar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I'm sick or renting a tow behind compressor. I see guys blowing systems out with a 6.5 hp saddle tank compressors every day. They don't even put out 12CFM IF i buy a I/R 13hp Honda 26CFM am I safe on residential systems?
  2. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 829

    sure... if you're a lawn cutter looking to dabble in the sprinkler business 3 weeks a year. The problem with those unprofessional compressors is it's hard to charge professional prices. I saw a "sprinkler company" winterizing today out of a minivan... doesnt mean you should do it

    send the repair work my way in the spring
  3. Mjtrole

    Mjtrole LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    Think long term. I was out on friday, pulled up to a house and two guys in a van were blowing out a small daycare building that couldn't have had more than 6-7 zones, well my customer wasn't home I kept on my route came back finished hers and the two guys were still blowing out this place. I looked at what they were using and it was a small compressor like you are describing in the back of the van.

    So I took care of 4 blowouts in 45min-hour while these two guys were screwing around still, my 4 clients were very close (actually within 3 blocks) so I did $220 worth of blowouts with my 185 while these guys were getting maybe $85 at the most.

    If you can look around try and locate a 110 for residentials to buy, I don't know what you pay but we bought a 185 5-6 years ago and have saved thousands in rental costs.
  4. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 829

    I think you should own just so you can have a long winterizing season. We started late september and will go until late november.

    I have a IR 185 but will rent another one this year for two weeks (this week and next week) because of the late warm weather we are getting a rush here. I also know a lot of people return their compressors at the end of October... I think that'll make it easier for us that are still doing blowouts in November.
  5. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 829


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    One of the downsides to craigslist. Gives FBNs free advertisement.
  7. melior quam pluvia

    melior quam pluvia LawnSite Member
    from U.S.
    Messages: 73

    $20...Northern trunk slammer;)
  8. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,267

    We entered a new market recently and while I was shutting down a customers house he was said business must be good if you are in more then one area. I looked at him and said business is good, since the problem is not finding a company to service a system the problem is finding a quality company to service your system and one that answers the phones and responds to a customers needs. And that is why I am at your house today sir. He just looked at me like I found the fountain of youth.
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    (razzafrazzin' scrubs)

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