Mulch wagon

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by HarryD, Mar 4, 2003.

  1. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

  2. I looked at them very hard..

    Empty weight 5180#

    10.2 cu.yds cap.

    Add aprox 1000 per a yrd for mulch you get 15,180, what truck can legally pull it? A 3/4 ton weighs in at about 5000# you got 20,000 pounds rolling there.

    At $31843.70 seem really steep just to load wheel barrows.

    For a few grand more you can get a Finn bark blower and atleast it will install it for you too, but only has a 1.5 cap.

    Again it's $31843.70. Now that .70 cents too, you spend $31,843 I wouldn't expect to be paying the .70 cents.

    I use stake bed dumps and dump trailers, I bought for far less than one of those. My dump trailer was only $3700 and it will hold the same amount of mulch.

    I use one of the IHC's that will hold 18 yards hook the dump trailer behind it with another 9 and away we go with 27 yards.

    Add the leaf vac in that you can also add to that thing and I am still much less than the $30k+ they want for that. PLus with it you still have to buy the $5k leaf vac too.
  3. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    haha my bad when I first looked at it I thought it said 3,184.00 that a big diff in price. I was thinking damm for 3,100 that would really be a big help. but 31,000 is a bit much. maybe 10k to 12k would be more where this thing should be priced. A local mulch place here in my town uses a hiway sander to fill bags with mulch pretty much the same concept.
  4. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Go to a farm equipment dealer and look into a silage forage wagon. It will do about the same thing and a whole lot cheaper.

  5. sbecker25

    sbecker25 LawnSite Member
    from 58504
    Messages: 5

    I'm with Gene. I bought a Gehl feed wagon a few years ago because we had to mulch long narrow beds in an Interstate ditch. These wagons need a PTO to run them so a tractor has to be attached but this machine paid for its self many times over. I am considering selling it because I havn't needed it for a few years. I did a search at a couple of farm auction site that list the value of items that sold and it seemed that they were selling for 800=1200 dollars. The negitive is they are on a 4 wheel trailer and need a tractor to pull. I would think the bed could be adapted to sit on a flatbed truck or trailer and motor of some sort be hooked to the PTO to run it. Certanly be a lot cheaper.
  6. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
    Messages: 0

    I think I will keep on using the good old grain shovel. For that price you could buy a nice used dump truck with a hatch on the tail gate, Who would buy that???:confused:
  7. MWM

    MWM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102


    I'm with you but some that had an ***load of mulch to spread and no one to do it may be interested. What do you think?
  8. You got enough mulch to spread to justify buying one of them, you should serously look at bark blowers as opposed to this thing.

    2-3 guys can do tripple what 12 guys with wheel barrows can do.

    Also if you're spreading that much mulch, finding labor is not a problem, but to cut labor dollars you would look at a bark blower.
  9. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    If I were going to spend that kind of money, I'd go ahead a spend a little more and get a blower like LGF was referring. Having watched them in action, you definately can see the labor savings.
  10. jkelton

    jkelton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    Better yet, sub it out to a company whose specialty is blowing mulch. I'm sure you should be able to find someone in your area (if anyone is in the Middle Tennessee area and is interested, let me know). Sorry for that plug, but I had to do it.

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