Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Need Idea's To Keep my Equipment Busy


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-24-2012, 11:26 AM
polarisrider4life polarisrider4life is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 43
Rep Power: 6
polarisrider4life is on a distinguished road
Default Need Idea's To Keep my Equipment Busy

Hello everyone. I have a diesel pick-up and a CAM 7x12 dump trailer. I mainly focus on hauling of materials for delivery such as mulch, topsoil, stone, firewood, etc and with spring sales/deliveries slower going because im not very established because this is only my 2nd year, I am looking for ways to make money and keep my equipment working when calls for deliveries are not rolling in. Any idea's of alternate materials to haul, things to do with the equipment to make money would be greatly appreciated!
Thank You
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 04-24-2012, 11:28 AM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by polarisrider4life View Post
Hello everyone. I have a diesel pick-up and a CAM 7x12 dump trailer. I mainly focus on hauling of materials for delivery such as mulch, topsoil, stone, firewood, etc and with spring sales/deliveries slower going because im not very established because this is only my 2nd year, I am looking for ways to make money and keep my equipment working when calls for deliveries are not rolling in. Any idea's of alternate materials to haul, things to do with the equipment to make money would be greatly appreciated!
Thank You
Talk to local landscapers. If your cheaper then the mulch yards. Theyll have you deliver for them.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-24-2012, 12:08 PM
polarisrider4life polarisrider4life is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 43
Rep Power: 6
polarisrider4life is on a distinguished road
Default

i used to know of a guy that used to do exactly that. This year however i have not seen him flying around town ANYWHERE NEAR how much he has in past years (i see a lot of people with all the driving i do). I think the reason is because a farmer down the road from me bought a rotochopper mulch/chip processor and is selling for $25 a yard wholesale black brown or red so any landscaper with a trailer can get it themselves.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-24-2012, 05:56 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,501
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Do you feel you can make better money delivering materials or selling your time performing lawn care / landscaping services?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-25-2012, 10:03 AM
polarisrider4life polarisrider4life is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 43
Rep Power: 6
polarisrider4life is on a distinguished road
Default

My modo has always been "turn and burn". I feel I do better on deliveries so I always opted to just do another delivery for the day instead of install product, etc etc. with the start of this season being a little slower though I believe I would be pretty oped minded to new ideas. Maybe I should start installing product if I have a slow schedule that day. It's not as good as flipping another delivery but it's still work!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-25-2012, 04:41 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,501
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I feel I do better on deliveries so I always opted to just do another delivery for the day instead of install product, etc etc.
Have you calculated how much profit you make per hour delivering items versus mowing or performing landscaping?

It's fascinating to look at because you never know for sure which bring you in a better profit until you study your financial numbers.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-25-2012, 07:28 PM
wihoyt wihoyt is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 20
Rep Power: 3
wihoyt is on a distinguished road
Default

I think your only advertising yourself to small landscapers and missing a much larger market. I would look toward roofers,Concrete removal, ect. When we did tearouts of driveways and such it was a huge pain to have to bring our dump truck and have someone take it to a pit to get rid of it. Id rather you just pull up in your trailer and we load it with our skid steer and say goodbye and I get back to work. One down side I see is your trailer is too small but if you could leave it on a roofing job for a day they could use it on roofing jobs that they cant get a dumpster on or dont want to ruin the grass with a dumpster.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-25-2012, 11:50 PM
polarisrider4life polarisrider4life is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 43
Rep Power: 6
polarisrider4life is on a distinguished road
Default

Steve, I will have to take some time and look at some record keeping to see. I do pretty good on deliveries when I have them to actually do. If I have calls that only fill half a day I might just take jobs installing. As long as there is decent profit that works for me! Wihoyt, what would you pay per load of asphalt hauled away if you were in such a situation. Just to give an idea?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-28-2012, 01:10 PM
wihoyt wihoyt is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 20
Rep Power: 3
wihoyt is on a distinguished road
Default

What we would pay would totally depend on many factors. Really its uncharted waters that could be a nitch all in itself. Something you would have to figure out the logistics of like where you can dump it and what they charge you. We would take ours to a rock quarry. Some concete suppliers will take tear out and they crush it and sell it as base fill. You may want to feel out the smaller companies in your area. Most have a skid steer to tear out but no dump truck. Feel them out and see what you can do! I think its a great idea for someone with a dump trailer.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-28-2012, 07:42 PM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

What about putting a leaf box and leaf loader on your trailer. Do curb side pickup
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need some help/idea's mac83 Starting a lawn care business. 7 02-15-2012 03:59 AM
Couple of Business Idea's picframer General Talk 8 10-05-2011 06:27 AM
looking for idea's for new logo need help My 3 Sons Lawn Care Graphic Design Discussions 2 06-08-2010 05:24 AM
Any idea's (need logo) AJPM Introduce Yourself 2 10-20-2009 02:52 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 11:51 PM
by TNTurf
5 584
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
Yesterday 09:51 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
15 498
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 09:32 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
154 11,091
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
Yesterday 06:33 AM
Yesterday 08:44 PM
by biglee
6 132
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
Yesterday 08:39 PM
by biglee
8 312
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
Yesterday 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,659
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
Yesterday 07:13 PM
by SGL1
2 103
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
Yesterday 06:15 PM
by Steve
3 229
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
Yesterday 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,192
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
Yesterday 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 102
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
Yesterday 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 185
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
Yesterday 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 611
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
Yesterday 02:22 PM
by Steve
1 222
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Yesterday 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,063
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
Yesterday 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 359
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
Yesterday 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 201
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
Yesterday 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 1,176
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
10-19-2014 11:27 PM
by SGL1
2 181
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 543
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 844
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,199
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 587
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 339,860
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
10-15-2014 02:57 PM
by Steve
2 328
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 296
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,389
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,406
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,489
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 430
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 591
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 433
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 783
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,408
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 748
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,549
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 972
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 870
First Time River Rock...
berryjam
10-09-2014 06:09 PM
10-10-2014 11:08 AM
by Steve
2 526
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 09:51 PM
10-10-2014 11:03 AM
by Steve
1 515
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
10-09-2014 05:58 PM
by kslawn
28 2,041
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
10-09-2014 04:19 PM
by Just for Cuts
25 2,900
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
10-09-2014 02:21 PM
by Steve
25 3,547
Changing Scag Freedom Z...
maggiedavidson
10-06-2014 12:24 PM
10-08-2014 06:34 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
7 759
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 02:45 PM
10-07-2014 04:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 737
Good Mower
jack2048
10-04-2014 05:34 PM
10-07-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
7 824
Mulching fad killing...
Tree geek
10-06-2014 08:37 PM
10-06-2014 08:37 PM
by Tree geek
0 642
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-06-2014 02:53 PM
by Steve
11 1,367
Update on LawnsAway and...
Ian Lovejoy
09-28-2014 10:24 AM
10-06-2014 01:30 PM
by Steve
4 1,234
A GREAT Story
stevef1201
10-02-2014 10:33 AM
10-06-2014 12:50 PM
by Steve
6 1,038
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
10-03-2014 07:12 PM
by kslawn
27 2,146
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades care charge collections decorating equipment rental exmark ferris foreman four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business how much to charge how to bid husqvarna john deere quik trac kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf removal marketing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness new mower ordinance podcast promotion pto redmax scag scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business steve stihl theft theft of services top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walk behind walker wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:38 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:38 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy