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lawn mowing business or junk hauling business?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rosarioslawncutters, May 28, 2010.

  1. rosarioslawncutters

    rosarioslawncutters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    hi...i have been in the lawn care business for little over 3 years....i was thinking of not doing mowing and doing junk hauling service...is this a good choice....

    i dont really have that many mowing accounts, all i make is $600 to $750 weekly...working 6 days a week and towing a trailer all day long

    i do junk hauling jobs here and there so i have some experience (been doing it for about 1 year)

    thing is that with 2 junk hauling jobs that i do a week will make almost the same amount of cash as if i was mowing but with a hole lot less time....

    i usually charge $350 a trailer load and it usually takes me about 2.5 hours of work ( counting loading the junk in the trailer then dumping it at the land fill)
    when only in 2.5 hours all i can mow is maybe 3 properies at $30 each (counting drive time) total cash $90 making 3 different stops

    so far i do 1 junk removal job per week without advertizing too hard...

    i was thinking of eliminating the mowing to replace with the junk hauling but keep everything else like fall/spring clean ups, snow plowing

    what do you guys think?
  2. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 363

    The obvious choice, if you can get enough work, is hauling. My question is, do you need a DEP# to haul? In NJ you need a DEP# and it takes a while to get one here. Your supposed to have a DEP 401 Exempt # to haul grass clippings and yard waste also. Seems like fraily easy work and good money. Maybe cut mowing down to 3 days a week and haul the other 2 until you get enough work to haul 5 days a week.
  3. rickyg

    rickyg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Something that I have learned from my father watching him work for the the last 25 years, don't limit yourself to just one thing. Do whatever brings you money (legally of course). I think you should focus on what you enjoy doing but be open to make money doing whatever you can.
  4. mbrew

    mbrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 491

    If you're getting $350.00 a load I'm going to come up there and compete with you. I'm doing good to get 175.00 and I have to be particullar what I'll agree to haul or I'll reall work for it!

    Good Luck
  5. rosarioslawncutters

    rosarioslawncutters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    i never heard of that here..maybe the big company trucks but i never heard of small companies needing the dep#...i could be wrong but i think thats for
    Chemicals, Solvents, Oils
    Oil drums, oil tanks
    Car batteries
    hazardous waste

    but i could be wrong
  6. rosarioslawncutters

    rosarioslawncutters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    my trailer is 6.5 X 12 x 4 about 11.5 cubic yards

    $175 here is a pickup load with side walls
  7. mbrew

    mbrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 491

    Mine's 16 long and good for 15CY. What are your dump fees? Here I can count on about $53.00

  8. rosarioslawncutters

    rosarioslawncutters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    here is $88.30
  9. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I love hauling debris. The treasures I find-awesome+I re sell quite a bit of the good stuff, scrape all the metal=more $.

    I have both of you beat on dumping fees: $18.00 per ton!
  10. rosarioslawncutters

    rosarioslawncutters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    wow $18 per ton....what is the average rate for a hauling job?

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