GLS's Equipment

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by GLS, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. S-205

    S-205 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 1,398

    I was missing your pictures, thanks for sharing. How did your winter go and do you have any big plans for this season?

    How have your flatbeds been holding up?
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  2. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Messages: 6,825

    There are a lot of guys on here that think very highly of the YBravos.
  3. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    Winter went very well. Way above average snowfall for our area, and mostly light and fluffy easy to deal with snow. No major breakdowns, couldn't ask for a better winter.

    No big plans for this season, mostly improving efficiency as usual.

    Flatbeds are doing great. They work perfectly for our situation.

    I have read good things about the ybravos, which is partly why we decided to give it a try. We'll see how it performs.
  4. Silver creek lawn care

    Silver creek lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    How do u like the Ybravo so far, looks nice.

    What brand of spreader did u buy and what are the capacitys of it.

    Winter was very nice this year but alittle on the cold side.
  5. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    Don't buy a ybravo!! We had a ton of problems with it within 5 hours of use. We returned it to the dealer for a second turfmaster.

    What went wrong you ask? The transmission was very lacking on pulling power. The toro 30" isn't great, but a lot better than this was. Didn't cut well. Height was difficult to adjust. Very difficult to turn around due to transmission resistance in reverse (pulling backwards). We had cables fraying/snapping in the short amount of time we used it. Needless to say, we'll never try another ybravo.

    We bought the Z-Max by L.T. Rich (Z-Spray). It has a 200# capacity hopper and (2) 25gal tanks (50gal total). We upgraded to the 7gpm pump which allows us to spray at 1gal/k. Nice for fungicide etc. that call for higher volume than the standard 1/3gal tips. Has been work great for us, really cuts back on the manual labor and saves us time.

    It was a cold one, but i can live with it if we're gettin snow!
  6. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    There are fixes for the issues you had with your ybravo.

    we have 2 25" units and ran into similar problems. The cables fraying are due to the stop for the lower bail not keeping it from dropping lower. The extreme angle of the bail causes the cable to fray on the outside edge of the cable guide. I solved this by tying some wire as a limit stop for the bail. We frayed about 6 cables before they realized this. Supposedly the new bracket is redesigned.

    One of our trans also was replaced with an updated unit.

    These units get run hard for about 7 hours straight in one day on a 63 unit cluster home association. We used to go through about 3 toros a year because they wouldnt hold up. 2 years later and the ybravos are still solid.
  7. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    Glad to hear they are working for you. Hopefully yBravo has fixed or is working on fixing the problems.

    How is the cut quality of your yBravos, and are you mulching or bagging?
  8. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    95% mulching. cut is good, only clumps when its damp and alot of grass. I haven't found another mower built as solidly as these so far. Like I said, this account really takes a toll on push mowers.
  9. Bryan27

    Bryan27 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Just got done reading this whole thread, it looks like you have a nice business going, I'd love to get to work with my brother everyday! I've been thinking of getting an aluminum flat bed for my truck. I've got an '06 Ram 2500 4x4 and the access to the bed is kind of a pain, always climbing in and out every time I need something. I don't think I'd necessarily need the lift portion of it, but the flat bed itself looks like it would make things so much more convenient. If the lift wasn't too much more expensive, I'd probably spring for it.
  10. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    I would highly recommend a flatbed, even if you don't get a hoist.

    I hate working out of a regular pickup bed now. Flatbed is just so convenient, and don't have to worry about scratching/denting the bedside either.

    Here's an updated pic of our newest truck. We don't usually work out of this one. Just installed a suspension upgrade, no more saggy front end.


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