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Please review my product selling at WW Grainger for fall cleanups

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by slapon, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. slapon

    slapon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    That is actually a good idea. I can probably get a nursery that composts leaves to allow me to cut a video on their property. It would also be a good backdrop for the video. Thanks!
  2. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,082

    people down here stalk the recycling bins...i'd stalk the plastic bags around neihgborhoods the night before the pickup--

    you have a great idea...you could use waste newspaper to show off your product-
  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    This fall you can come out with my crew and do a bagging competition and I will video it.
  4. slapon

    slapon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    Awesome. I appreciate it and will take you up on the offer. Send me a private message with your contact information.
  5. slapon

    slapon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    If you could help me out, I am not sure what you mean by stalking recycling bins and stalking plastic bags around the neighborhood? It sounds interesting, so I don't want to miss out on the message.

    Now, regarding a substitute for leaves when demonstrating my product, I have used wood shavings that are generally used to line animal stalls, and it's worked really well. They're nearly the size and weight of leaves, so the feeling is the same when you sweep or rake them into the container. You can get large bags of the wood shavings at TSC for about $6.50.

    Thanks for the complement on the idea for the product. If you don't mind me asking, what do you think will be the crucial consideration that anyone will make in deciding whether to buy this product and how do I address this?
  6. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

  7. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    In my opinion this will be great for home owners with small properties.

    We use leaf loaders(16hp) that fill 10 yard leaf boxes by shreading the leaves. The leaves can be over a foot deep here in NH. It would take days to clean up a property by filling plastic bags. But as someone mentioned this would work great for hedge trimming and pruning clean up.
  8. slapon

    slapon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

  9. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Yeah... Ummm... title it "Two girls using a Slapon". :eek:

    Before you even mentioned it, I tried a Google image search for your product.
    I held my breath and peeked through my fingers half expecting to see something else show up.

    Folks need to consider all of the possible "negative" associations with names they come up with before they say "Hey, that sounds GREAT!"
  10. slapon

    slapon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    You're right, there are other options out there, each with its advantages and disadvantages.

    Leaf loaders are great, but they also have their drawbacks. First, they're really expensive, especially relative to the Slap-on attachment and its accessories. Second, you generally need to create a bed that will accommodate the leaves that are being loaded, incurring additional expenses. Third, leaf loaders are mechanical and can break down, causing ongoing maintenance to be more expensive. Fourth, they consume gas, so you have that ongoing expense. Fifth, they are not mobile, so you will often have to bring the leaves to the loader instead of taking the loader to the leaves. You have to add the time that you are putting leaves on a tarp and dragging it to the leaf loader toward the total time required to bag leaves. The attachment with a receptacle can be set up practically anywhere. Sixth, leaf loaders are prone to clog at times, especially when leaves are wet. No problem with the Slap-on device. Actually, leaves are probably easier to bag when wet. Seventh, because the Slap-on attachment is not mechanical, it is easier to operate. It's also easier to store. There could be other advantages others could add.

    I am sure there are other disadvantages of the attachment, but I am hoping lawn care professionals will find a place for it with their other tools.

    Thanks for your input.

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