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New Beginning's - ARPI photo tour

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ARP, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Its holding up ok.. Lots of maintenance though. Had to replace a bearing not long ago in the discharge auger, lots of welding, hardfacing, normal wear and tear. Had to replace a set of screens also, wore them out in a little over 8 months.
  2. Justin

    Justin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    ARP, I just read back through the last 41 pages to catch up. You sir should be proud of yourself. Doing a good job:clapping:Nice equipment and gine work. I'd love to be in that position.
    So how many miles and hours are getting on things?
  3. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,510

    Right now everything is picking up again from a brief slow-down in August and early September. Got a bunch of different projects coming up.

    Justin- our mini has about 1400 hr, 160 has almost 750, loader, only has about 1300 (up 200 from last year), and the T770 has a little over 100 hrs (we don't use it alot these days).
  4. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Awesome videos andrew.
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  6. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Can you take a close up picture of the mulch to show the finished texture?

    What are you starting with? all wood chips or are you grinding hole wood also?
  7. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'll grab a pic of the texture when I swing by the yard later this week. We grind up a primary grind made from whole, softwood logs (no tops of trees). I've done chips in the past, and while you can make a good product out of them, I am able to make a cleaner and more "mulchy" product from grindings rather than chips.
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    I agree, chips always come out looking like......well chips. Not mulch.

    You dont grind the primary with that do you?

    Grind those tops and mix it with some leaves, branches, straight hardwood bark and some softwood. Water it as you stock pile it and let it sit for a year (keep it wet) re-grind it and you will have some top notch hardwood mulch.
  9. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,510

    I've done some chips in the past, but to make it look not so "chippy", I have to run a 1 1/2" screen that is 30% blocked up. With that kind of blockage, my production goes down significantly so that it costs more to grind chips then the grindings.

    No we don't do the primary grind with our grinder. The primary grind is typically done by another contractor by a big CBI horizontal grinder.

    Once we get another yard set up, we will be making a variety of mulch out of the tops like you said.
  10. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Thats how we process our material. We take only logs and round wood over 4" and make our premium mulch out of it to use with our local customers. The rest, tops. stumps, and even round wood that we didnt pick out for our premium mulch is ground and used to send out to our wholesale customers who regrind and sell it themselves. We do have a wood shear to process the large wood and stumps down to make them easier to grind. We try not to grind anything over 20" around and 8' long(as we have a tub grinder). Doing this makes it chunkier and easier to grind.

    Andrew, is your mulch colored before you regrind it? Looks like it is. OR do you color it while doing the regrind?

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