Leaf removal rates and setups?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by FrankenScagMachines, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Just curious what rates and equipment everyone will be using this fall.

    So far i've got:
    Reduction/Collection devices:
    Ferris 52” with Gator blades and vac bagger and front mount tine rake/dethatcher to loosen leaves
    Exmark 36” with Gator blades and mulch plate and side catcher
    Lawn Boy 21” with mulching plate and jumbo leaf bag

    Relocation devices:
    Echo PB650T backpack blower
    Kawasaki KRB400B backpack blower

    Truck loading devices:
    5hp vacuum with 6” hoses

    Hauling device:
    F350 truck with 8'x12' flatbed with a leaf box (not yet built)

    And I'm trying to buy these things, but having a hard time getting the owners to communicate with me! :
    10hp Billy Goat push blower
    11hp Giant Vac leaf loader with 8” hoses for truck
  2. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,724

    27hp lazer 60 inch with trac vac and leaf plow

    20 hp lazer 44 inch for the smaller lawns

    20 hp giant vac truck loader 12 inch hose

    two 10 hp giant vac blowers

    one 13 hp giant vac blower

    6 br 420 stihl back packs

    gmc v3500 rack with box 8 x 11 x 6

    were going to be adding a 16 hp giant vac 10 inch hose swing away truck loader and a 4th truck a 3500 mason dump 2005 dodge ram.

    Then theres the 2 rams pulling trailers as we will be running 2 clean up crews this season.

    As for rate depending on if I like you 35-40 dollars an hour plus dump.
  3. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    $35 to $40 per man hr. sounds Low w/all that Equipment....I can send a guy out w/rake for $25.....

    Bring in the Big Toys & it jumps to $100 Plus....
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I will use a Redmax (recently purchased) to blow out all beds. Pick up majority with Walker mower. Put on the spring tine dethatcher to pick up what has worked down and pick up whatever loose stuff. I then dump and pick with leaf loader. Eric, go with the biggest hp you can afford on your leaf loader. I have the Lesco 16hp and it does ok, but definetely wished I could have afforded something larger. Here is a pic of my truck and loader, for those have not seen it. It sures needs a paint job, but runs fine. I charge right around $60 to $75 and hour for leaf removal.

    grain truck complete.jpg
  5. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    The following is what I use to do leaf cleanups: ( I love all my equipment!!!!!!!!!!)

    '04 48", 15 HP Bob-Cat mower w/ hi lift blades and Grass Gobbler.

    '03 10 Hp Little Wonder blower

    '89 8 HP Mighty Mac blower

    '97 Stihl BR320 back pack blower

    Some rakes, tarps and my trailer
  6. lazer z hp 52 with ultra vac
    toro555 with 3 bagger
    toro 557 with 3bagger
    21 incxh mower for some back fenced in lawns ..mulch em bagg the excess

    echo blower's and soon my first redmax blower ...got the puppy on order now
    one ton dumps with side planks

    city lots with a maple or two in them ..charge double mow every week ..and 20 dollars a utra vac full of debrie.Very few of these type lawns take over 20 or 30 minutes.

    Big lots with a lot of bed's and tons of leaves they get charged 80 a man hour.
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,724

    Id love to charge more but they freak at those prices its what my market will bare. I make up for it though with larger crews so the hours rack up rather fast.
  8. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    heres what we use:

    3- little wonder push blowers (2 9hp hondas, and one 13hp honda)
    1- 16hp billy goat walkbehind blower
    6- sthil br420 backpacks
    2- 60 inch scag turf tigers with spindle driven baggers
    1- f350 with box and 16hp giant vac sucker
    1- gmc 6000 with box and tow behind 40 something horsepower tarco sucker.
  9. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981


    I would think that an 11hp loader might be TOO SMALL to do the job. I have talked with people that used them and was told they clogged alot. (FYI - Reynolds Farm Equip in FISHERS, IN has a used 11hp Billy Goat for sale. I looked at it last week, but am afraid of it being to small. (Why did previous owner get rid of it?)).

    KELLYS - Do you ever clog up your 20hp????

    MDB ---- D@MN! Your trailer unit is like pulling out the NUCLEAR ARSENAL on those leaves! They probably just hop right in your truck when they see you pull up with that thing!

  10. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I have:

    - shindaiwa EB630 BP
    - 61" Stander with hilift and GrassHawg doubles, soon to have an Accelerator catcher
    - a 36" Toro with doubles and a bag catcher

    I mainly mulch up the leaves with 2 passes then bag what ever is left over.


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