What can I do about sand and little stones...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Freddy_Kruger, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    that are left behind when the snow banks melt?

    I never thought about that till I went and looked at a customers property, he's my snow customer, he wants me to power rake but it is a corner lot. As the snow banks melt they are leaving quite a lot of sand and crap. I'm thinking either a scoop hand rake or a heavy duty broom. I don't have a power broom and I don't want to run a brand new power raker through it...

    Not quite sure what I should do that would be the easiest.
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    a power broom is the only way to go to get the crap out from the snow banks, i have one, working on adding a second one this season too.
  3. ECS

    ECS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Power broom or a lot of very intense and hard raking.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yep. The powerbroom with the rubber paddled drum is the ONLY way to go. I raked piled, and removed it with flat shovels for years and years (about 15, as a matter of fact. Then, I got the powerbroom and never looked back. It is unbelievable how these things work in ditches.
  5. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Definately the rubber paddled power brooms, work like a charm.
  6. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think I will stick to doing it by hand this first season. The initial cost of this little venture, coupled with the fact I'm not sure how many customers I get makes we want to pass on that rubber broom. It costs 8 hundred bucks here.

    What about a high quality stiff broom for Home Depot? there best broom cost 50 bucks.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    No, a broom won't do it. A rake is your best bet if you don't have the power unit.
  8. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A rake will work it just takes a little more time and energy.
  9. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No broom then. I got a ship load of flyers and an ad starting near the end of the week if I get a bunch of work I'll get that power broom.

    Just so I know that we're on the same page, the power broom I was looking at was about the size of a trimmer but it had rubber on the bottom instead of the bristles.
    I was a little disapointed when I went to go see it, I had a vision in my head of something about the size of a snow blower. But that's a little over board for me I think. I mean if the little one is 800 bucks...
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,940

    Steel-tined rakes, lots of hard work!

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