Leaf Pick-up

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Dig Doug, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. Dig Doug

    Dig Doug LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 12

    I want to get started into lawn maintenance next year but I thought I would get a head start this year and try and start a leaf pick-up service. I was wondering what you guys think would be the best equipment to start with keeping in mind hopefully getting into maintenance next year? Currently have 04 F-250. Trying to stay away from a dump trailer but know thats one of best ways to go. Can't seeing drop a couple grand just on a trailer yet. Also wondering if anyone could tell me where they dump in Norther NJ. Thanks in advance for all your input.
  2. plantzpropertymanagement

    plantzpropertymanagement LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    Well if you dont want to buy a dump trailer you can just do it the hard way which really isnt that hard as long as you have somebody helping you. Just put the leaves on a tarp and lift them up in the bed of your truck. Or you can buy a leaf vac that attaches to your hitch and build a box around your bed of your truck and do it that way. but if your just starting out do it the tarp way. And if your lucky you can get some lawns that you can dump the leaves in the woods or something.
  3. JFizzle

    JFizzle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    A good Backpack Blower and a Billy Goat leaf vac.
  4. jdshamong

    jdshamong LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Check with local farmers they will take leaves sometimes.
  5. JrSlivkalandscaping

    JrSlivkalandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    where abouts in north jersey? i know of quite a few dumps i just bout a new 18hp billy goat and i got a 13 hp push blower and some backpacks works well for me if ya want build some sides on ya truck and get a tarp and put it in there and some green barrells and fill her up thats how i started
  6. lisam

    lisam LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Dear Doug,

    You can check out our full line of debris equipment, you will probably want a wb blower, to blow the leaves onto a tarp, or to the curb, then a truck loader to suck the leaves into your truck. If you need any literature, just give us a call. Thanks and good luck, Lisa at Power Equipment Warehouse. We have a link at the top of the page!

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Pray for strong winds,, or a match.
    The low over head may be a good thing as you will need to spend longer on site but will do OK with no outlay for equipment. Just do not bid low!
  8. Dig Doug

    Dig Doug LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 12

    I'm in Morris County, Morristown area. I was thinking the same thing. Build sides on the back of my truck, get a back pack blower and hopefully a leaf vac. I don't want to spend tons of money but at the same time, I rather spend the money on a leaf vac instead of lugging it into the back of my truck instead of paying out to get my back fixed. Do you think a back pack blower, a few rakes, a tarp, I would be all set with the sides of my Truck? Please let me know where to dump and what the charge is. Thanks agian everyone for your help.
  9. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 843

    Around here its like $125+ per hr. taken away; which normally includes 2-3 guys. I charge $75 an hr. to blow it into the woods and like above around $125 to take it away. If you have the $$$$ a dump insert will save you alot of time...... but will make you stronger.:weightlifter:

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  10. JrSlivkalandscaping

    JrSlivkalandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    doug im near wayne which is up 287 theres a place called riverdale envromental recycling (riverdale) and dan como and sons (towaco) they charge about $7 a yard i would recommend a truck loader but they are costly around 3000 + tax if you cant afford one right now check out some green landscape barrells and run barrels into your truck its really not that bad i did it for a season if ya can hire some people to work for ya

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