Mulch em, Bag em, Here in WI. we BALE EM!!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MOW ED, Nov 13, 2002.

  1. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    That is far too cool! Thank you for sharing the info on this.

  2. bommaritro

    bommaritro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    I wish they did this where I live. About all we get is a loader truck and a couple of dumps going around as scrapping the road. I have several appartments sround me so I put mine on the median between the curb and the sidewalk. Every year they come by and tear it up so bad I ususally have to dump 1-2 yards of dirt and reseed. It is such a pain but it beats bagging them or paying to dump them. I will have to see if I can get some pics of the crappy job they did this week.

  3. lawn and stump

    lawn and stump LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    I have used a jd baler about 20 yrs ago to bale leaves it didn't feed in by itself. I would pull up to the pile and fork them in. If the leaves were dry-damp it would make a 50 lb bale if they were wet it would be 100 lbs+. I used some bales for silt fence.
    that was when I couldn't afford a leaf vaccuum.
  4. greensummer

    greensummer LawnSite Member
    from canada
    Messages: 93

  5. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    nicw tractor :) nice idea to
  6. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Messages: 948

    Just gotta' keep the cat inside ! Here kitty kitty..
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Found out that the machine is owned by a local farmer who adapted it for leaf pickup. He is taking as many bales as he can to his farm and the city is taking the rest to the compost site. The farmer owns the tractor also and he is the only one that runs the unit. It has P.O'ed the street department workers because it has dramatically cut their overtime.
    I can understand it in a way but I remember talking to some of the guys who said that leaf clean with the hose and vac was a PITA because of alot of foot work and rake work. There even was a time when the city had prison trustees working on the crews because the job sucks(pun intended).

    I saw the farmers helper with a 24' 5th wheel with about 20 bales on it heading to the farm. The chev duramax wasn't even workin.

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  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    They are still at it up here with the bailer. Its starting to catch on. I should be marketing this around the country.
    I am not sure where my MPEG video is because I took this in 02 but if you really want to see it I will try and find it.
  9. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    Send the video to me and I can host it for everybody to see.

    Looks cool but doesn't really seem cost effective... Our city runs around with a vac sucking them up into one of the dumps. Seems a little more practical.
  10. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    thats the greatest idea ive ever seen since im an old farm boy from wisconsin myself i love it but we should little square them and shoot them back on the property owners yard

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