How to make leaf removals quicker and more profitable?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by smallstripesnc, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    I thought abt mounting on trailer but wanna be able to diconnect trailer & back in a driveway to get to leaves instead of getting all the leaves to the truck & trailer. Or if I offer curbside pickup, I don't need to pull trailer around.
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  2. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    I agree, I love life now that I stopped trying to compete with the low-ballers, but it's still hard to be slow and watching the little guys going like gangbusters all day, all week, and well into the season. maybe, however, they are trying to catch up to what I've already made.

    White gardens, I'm with you on buying equipment to make less is ridiculous, unfortunately, the other mindset ruins it for all.:waving:
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I guess I'm on the boat of those who upgrade equipment but don't change my rates. I upgraded my backpack blower to a Husky 580 which makes things go a lot faster than my old Shindaiwa EB630s, but I haven't changed my rates at all. It wasn't much more $ than my old blowers, although it's a bit more wear and tear on me. The bottom line to me is just being able to get all of my cleanups done and keep my customers happy, even if I do end up charging them a bit less (I bill my cleanups hourly in most cases). It's not like I've giving my cleanups away, but at my rate and energy level I'm a pretty good deal for my customers, and that's ok with me.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I've seen it both ways, and I guess it just comes down to what works for you.

    I'd rather save more time/money/and energy being able to hook and un-hook from the trailer to unload the truck, along with being able to haul any other equipment I needed to the job site.

  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I like how White Gardens has his loader mounted so the intake is facing out toward the curb. I see a lot of guys mounting them so it's facing toward the truck or trailer, requiring you to bend it 90 degress to use it, which makes them more prone to clogging.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Yes, huge advantage. I rarely get a clog, and if I do, it's because of shoving too much plant material in, or the random stick or two. Be even wet leaves and leaves in general never clog it.

    That and the lower tongue on my trailer keeps the hose relatively flat to the curb, so no huge bend and I take full advantage of the 8' of hose.

    Only disadvantage is that you always have to load leaves on the passenger side of the truck, but that's rarely an issue.

    Keeping the loader off the tailgate and farther away from the truck also helps to keep any stray debris coming off the truck away from the motor and muffler. I've seen numerous times where this same style Lesco loader would potentially catch fire from leaf debris getting around the muffler.

  7. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    $80 for a 1/2 acre?

    I'd stay home. Can't get mexicans to do it for $80 here.
  8. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Messages: 559

    I should have been more clear with my first post, $80 isn't bad for a 1/4 acre to maybe an acre. But that is for cleaning up leaves 2-3 times in the Fall. I don't wait until all of the leaves are on the ground.

  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    nevermind...thought this post was from the OP
  10. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Messages: 559

    ^ 1/4 acre to 1/2 acre (not acre)

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