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EcoLawn & Landscaping.....first year pics

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by eco.lawns, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Chevy z71

    Chevy z71 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,052

    Westren plow and salter or a snow ex salter
  2. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,176

    Boss or western and snow ex or western for the spreader.
  3. eco.lawns

    eco.lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    Im talking to a guy about buying his BOSS 8.2 V with wings. He bought it new in 2010 and its in good shape. Does anyone know about what its worth?
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  4. eco.lawns

    eco.lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    Its been awhile since I updated this thread. I dont have any new pictures to post yet but I will as the season gets started. Last year my only leads came from word of mouth. This year I am launching a web campaign to get my name out on the internet. I have a website in the works but im also utilizing linkedin, twitter, angies list, craigslist, and thumbtack. I might try facebook again but I didnt get much activity on it last year. What have been your experiences with facebook? Do you post coupons to gain interest? I dont have the money to do a direct mailing and with .5-1% return I dont have much interest in it either. I have high hopes for my business this year! Cant wait for spring!
  5. KE-llc

    KE-llc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    I'd buy a dump trailer before an enclosed if I were you.

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  6. eco.lawns

    eco.lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    I struggle with the dump vs. enclosed decision all the time. They are about the same money but I can see the dump saving me so much time and possibly even making money from hauling ect. The Problem is that I don't have a shop and my trailer doesn't fit in the garage. The HOA of my neighborhood is being a real pita about having trailers outside so if I had an enclosed I could secure all of my equipment inside of it and park it in a fenced in rv storage place that is close by.

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    With the word 'eco' in your name, i was thinking it was going to be an all battery and electric powered setup. How are you making things more efficent, like the name calls for. Nothing worse than business, not following there name

    Im just giving you a hard time, equipment looks good. What do you use the small loader for? Im in the market for one a bit bigger than that. I couldnt justify spending 10k on a 20hp loader though. Can it really dig into the ground at all?
  8. eco.lawns

    eco.lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    The kubota is actually my dads. The back hoe digs great but the bucket is only for scooping(no teeth). I use it to haul mulch, move wood, dig holes for tree installs, ect. As for the name I am currently a paperless company. I use an ipad in the field to eliminate paper waste and also email invoices. Last year I had a grand Idea of running LP mowers but the price of those are ridiculous. I do try to cut waste wherever I can.

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    With regards to the tractor. since i am really in the market right now. What size do you think would be benifical for preparing sod, loading dump trucks with soil, and plowing snow(drives and long walkways). Do you think a 35hp machine would work? I am debating between a 45-55hp skid(used) or a 35-40 hp jd tractor brand new either the 3000 or 4000 series e hydro machines. I feel i could use the JD on almost every landscape install and it would eliminate having to rent a dingo on jobs where we cant use large equipment(turf preservation, which pretty much means the if i finance it it would be saving money). Tractors with turf tires can really go anywhere as they only weight about 3k lbs. The skid i am looking at weighs in at about 5500 lbs and im sure its more vertisile, but it has a huge footpath and i dont want to deal with 10 sheets of plywood for each job, as well as turning will tear turf so easily. (time is money)

    For hardscaping i was thinking that the skid would be much better so i can move pallets and such, but if i got a 4000 series, id have to just one or two rows off to have the loader lift it, or get a 3 pt hitch pallet forks and they would lift 2500 lbs fine.

    The problem with the 3000 series is it only lifts about 1500 lbs. Thats not enough to lift any pallet of material .

    I can get the 3020(i think thats the model) with a loader and a back blade for 16000 at my dealer. Or 0 down, 0% for 60 months. (pretty much free money) IT would make the payment 270 per month. Which is like nothing if im going to be using it as much as i plan too.

    Give me your 2 cents
  10. eco.lawns

    eco.lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    I would think the 4000 series would serve you well. "mine" is way too small but its free for me so I don't complain. 1500# lift capacity on the 3000 series is just way too little for what you plan on doing. On the other hand who doesnt need a skid? those are just bada$$...

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