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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rgjlawn, Mar 8, 2005.
has anyone used a mulch mule?
I know that I have not used one since I have not even heard of one. But I do want to know what it is, something like a powered wheel barrow for moving mulch maybe???
I had a chance to see one in action from a local LCO, pretty cool but nothing i'd have any use for unless I had a lot of employees and a lot of mulch work. Really cool machine.
I looked at it and ended up buying a blower. What I wanted to get away from was wheelbarrows and dependency of employees. We can partially raise a dump truck and load wheelbarrows almost as fast, I really didn't see the big time savings for the $$$$$.
That looks pretty nice but with a $46,000.00 price tag for a standard model you would need to be putting down tons of mulch. That was the first time that I have seen or heard of one.
That was a waste of 11:48 minutes of my life. Neat idea. But for the money I rather have a bark blower.
I really wonder if anyone can actually justify owning one of these things? I mean, you'd have to have a crew running from one mulch job to the next to get your money's worth out of it, wouldn't you?
Sometimes I see products like this in Turf Magazine, and I'm like, "How would anyone ever create a business that could justify owning a piece of equipment like this?" This is one of them. And I really wonder about the manufacturers. Their target market is so small, how can they possibly make money selling something like this?
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couldnt you make your own for $46,000. If you know how to weld i bet you could make something similar. It says you save $10 per yd. So you need to sell 4600 yds of mulch. In chicago that would be 164 yds a week during the 28 weeks of growing season just to break even. That seems like a lot of mulch to sell. But i guess you could do it if you specialized in mulch.
Very neat machine, alot of bells and whistles... 50k for a setup like that is alot... A bark blower would be better suited for commercial props... This machine seems to be suited for residential props where wheel barrows are need to get into back yards and such...
I just remember that there is a piece of farm equipment similar to that. It a wagon goes behind a chopper. The chopper blows grain into it and then the wagon has the same type of moving floor and side discharge for feeding cattle. I can't remember what its called. (I am sure some body here grew up on a farm would know what its called.) You could buy one of these and mounted in on a old truck and do the same thing for about $10,000-$20,000. And we all know a truck is easier to move around than a trailer.