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Most Profitable Equipment?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by classy, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    I don't like cleaning clippings from pinestraw areas either. I've tried tarps but the clippings still miss the tarps and land in the straw. What I do is blow/rake most of them and then spread a layer of fresh pine straw. I factor the straw into the job.
  2. cgrant711

    cgrant711 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    I know this thread is old, but I only saw 1-2 people say this and for me it's the same. Shovels and other handtools. Today I dug out 6 diseased roses in half an hour for $90, and it took me 1 hour to put them in bags to throw away. But if I would have had my trailer with me I could have tossed them on there and made the $90 in 30 minutes and it would have only taken 1/10 of the space on my trailer and a trip to the brush place after I fill the whole trailer. I also charge around $40 per yard when moving dirt and mulch 3 guys,3 wheel barrows and 3 shovels make about $60 per person per hour. Contract labor on stuff like is easy to find. My favorite jobs have become jobs to hard for a single person to do on their own. A customer would gladly pay me $400 to have me move a 10 yard pile of dirt in to place than to take 2-4 days on their own.
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  3. supperdude16

    supperdude16 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,162

    The most profitable equipment would have to be the trucks. Without the trucks, there would be no business
  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,273

    Good read
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  5. cgrant711

    cgrant711 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    That's pretty much true. Although I do see guys that drive around with there mowers or walk around with a push one. So there could still be a business without a truck or vehicle, but I know if I didn't have a truck I wouldn't have a business.
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  6. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,845

    Excluding the truck, my most profitable piece of equipment per man hour cost me less than $500.00. It's a chain-saw. Mowing brings me $45.-$50. per hour on average. A chainsaw in my hand brings me between $80. - $120. an hour.
  7. 13Razorbackfan

    13Razorbackfan LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,261

    My Husky 350BTS blower......sure is nice blowing out beds then mulching leaves.
  8. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,745

    Compact tractor... The most versatile piece of equipment that gets the highest dollar per hour for whatever attachment it's using....
  9. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,743

    Slice seeder. Can make hundreds of dollars per hour using a $4-5k machine.

    Ms 180 chainsaw. cheap little baby saw....cost me $200 and have made thousands and thousands off of it. As opposed to the 066 that cost $1200 new and gets used 2-3 times per year.
  10. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,752

    I would have to say compact tractor with aerator . And compact tractor with slit seeder .

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