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Getting started with 30hp backhoe loader

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Bob Q, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. Bob Q

    Bob Q LawnSite Member
    from Conn
    Messages: 16

    I have a 30 HP backhoe loader and dump trailer and would like to do odd jobs with it. I live in Conn and am woundering how to breaking into the buissness. I am getting a licence and insurance. I do have experience running a JD 310 but need to find a nitch so to speak.

    I am also interested in getting a power rake and doing lawns but don't have experience there.

    Thanks for the help!

  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I am not sure as to the types of work but certainly the niche exists. I know a guy who all he uses is Bobcat Skid-steer loaders and that is ALL he does is drive the cats now he also does have a Mack truck and heavy-duty trailer so he hauls a lot of logs and dirt, lots of dirt and debris (organic junk, brush).
    Certainly I've thought about it, you'd be looking at earth-moving stuff but also you might check into certain road-building / asphalt applications where a backhoe might come in handy as well is perhaps digging out holes for a future pool, dunno...
    You'd be good, I suppose, digging trenches? Again it will take time, it is a specialist's field but I do believe the corner exists.

    Check into the Landscaping, and Hardscaping sections, I think that would be your turf thou I'm not sure if this specific application, it is likely a sub type of thing as well.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Get yourself some attachments. A box scraper, a preparator (seed prep), perhaps a tiller, and a landscape rake wouldn't hurt. You can hook up on installing new lawns. Great money and HIGH demand. There are also landscapers who sub this kind of work out (finish grade and seeding) because they move on to the other hardscaping. You have a machine like that,...believe me, there is work for it. I would KILL to have a tractor like that. I know eventually I will have one (I want just a little bigger,..like around 35-40 hp), but until then, I just concentrate on what I do now.
  4. Bob Q

    Bob Q LawnSite Member
    from Conn
    Messages: 16

    I know it is different in all states, but what seems to be an average rate per square foot for finish grading, seeding and starter?

    I have my eye on a Harley rake!

    Do most of you put down mulch on top of the new seed?

    Thanks Bob

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