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.

Leaf/Debri loader opinions or wisdom


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-03-2012, 12:18 PM
knsahara knsahara is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 6
knsahara is on a distinguished road
Default Leaf/Debri loader opinions or wisdom

Hey Guys,
Been in the business now for about five years considering this year to buy a billy goat debri loader for the truck/trailer on the fence right now to pull the trigger right now. Looking at the mid-range unit with the Subaru engine. $2700 Just wondering what your guys expierence is with these things, Are they profitable?, worth it? ive seen some ads claiming make $500 /day
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 12-03-2012, 01:10 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
It's one of those things we all would really like to have, but it all comes down to being able to justify such an expensive purchase.

It might take a little more time to pick up debris using other methods, but at the end of the day it doesn't make a real difference if you're a one man operation, and/or have only a handful of clients.

Side Note: What will you be loading debris into? Do you have a dumper, or just a truck bed with raised sides?

-

If you are like me, I would probably want to buy it just for the sake of having it. I believe once you have the tool, you'll find yourself more motivated to gather more jobs.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-03-2012, 01:31 PM
stevef1201 stevef1201 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,037
Rep Power: 6
stevef1201 is on a distinguished road
Smile

Quote:
Originally Posted by CHEESE2009 View Post
If you are like me, I would probably want to buy it just for the sake of having it. I believe once you have the tool, you'll find yourself more motivated to gather more jobs.

Aint that the truth
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-03-2012, 02:00 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

My loader makes my very good money in the fall. If you do a lot of fall cleanup then you need one, But I never buy a tool until I am losing money not having it. What about buying used?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-03-2012, 02:12 PM
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

You have to get a big one if you do. I demoed a 14hp and it was to slow.

Theres only certain situations it works for. If you have yards you can blow to the curb with little hassle then its good. If you have to blow piles 60 ft or so or tarp and drag then all its really doing is picking them up for you. It only takes 2 seconds to throw a tarp in the truck and will actually take longer to suck them up.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-03-2012, 06:22 PM
lov2mow lov2mow is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Seacoast NH
Posts: 27
Rep Power: 3
lov2mow is on a distinguished road
Default

I had the smaller one, sticks and leaves get stuck all the time. this year bought the 18hp unit with 10" hose much better unit. But if you can afford it go to the 25hp unit, my friend just got one boy ill tell you it will take your pants off if your not wearing a belt. but the 18hp unit is just as good. dont buy anything smaller you will spend all your time unclogging it.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-01-2013, 12:59 PM
Chaz Chaz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 170
Rep Power: 3
Chaz is on a distinguished road
Default

I made a leaf vacuum with my dump trailer, Which I can convert back to dump trailer use pretty easily.
Leaf Vacuum is a 2008 and has 16hp with electric start
The dump trailer is a 2003 Bri Mar, rated for 7k, brakes on 4 axles

I spent $1100 + $700 in bartered services for the dump trailer
I bought the vacuum with 2 hoses for $600
The 4' sides were probably about $200 to make

on the leaf vacuum side of things, I spend about $900 for the addition

but I still have the flexibility to use the dump trailer for everything else with the benefit of the tall sides to hold a lot of brush.

It can hold about 12.5 yards of material


I would advise to buy used, and be creative with it
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 1204120843.jpg (931.5 KB, 45 views)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-02-2013, 10:58 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,164
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That trailer looks great! How long did it take you to build it all?

Would you do anything differently if you could rebuild it?
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 01-07-2013, 12:36 PM
Chaz Chaz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 170
Rep Power: 3
Chaz is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That trailer looks great! How long did it take you to build it all?

Would you do anything differently if you could rebuild it?
It took a while, I found the the vacuum on craigslist after going to see a couple "running" others that were pretty far away and then the guy can't start it

I was very happy when I found the vacuum for the price I found it for. probably had 6 or 7 hours searching for the vacuum of browsing CL, driving, etc.

The vacuum was built on a case that had a hitch mount, so I had a receiver welded onto the rear of the trailer, probably 4 hours into that

The wood sides and all probably had 3 hours in that.

I have more time getting materials and all for the build than i do in the actual construction.

The only complaint I have is having to remove the vacuum every time I dump the trailer.
I originally wanted to put it on the front of trailer to avoid this but wasn't a lot of room to do this and would be a lot of weight added to front of trailer
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-08-2013, 11:55 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,164
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Do you already have ideas on how you want to do your next trailer? Would you go with a bigger trailer etc?
__________________
- 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
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
Skid Steer Loader Has Arrived ringahding1 Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 23 01-06-2013 08:52 AM
Your opinions! CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 3 05-01-2011 11:21 AM
Lawn/leaf sweepers opinions S.P.Martin Lawn Care Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 11 10-22-2008 04:20 PM
New to site - wanna share wisdom Dakota Scapes Introduce Yourself 4 01-29-2007 06:25 PM
More words of marketing wisdom Steve General Business Discussions 0 04-21-2006 06:29 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
Today 05:48 AM
by SLKlawn
5 164
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
Yesterday 11:10 PM
by jrayb39667
11 1,217
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
Yesterday 10:21 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 123
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
Yesterday 06:42 PM
by Jbss861
6 149
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
Yesterday 05:31 PM
by SGL1
23 1,031
Overspray?
stevef1201
Yesterday 04:20 PM
Yesterday 04:20 PM
by stevef1201
0 35
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
Yesterday 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 581
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
Yesterday 02:29 PM
by Steve
1 91
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
Yesterday 01:50 PM
by Steve
2 121
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
Yesterday 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 408
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
Yesterday 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 185
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 01:04 PM
by Steve
12 479
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 488
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-20-2014 08:03 AM
by kslawn
1 134
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-19-2014 05:40 PM
by kslawn
1 95
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 104
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 100
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 634
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 933
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
07-16-2014 08:38 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
73 4,200
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 673
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 604
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 318,055
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-15-2014 11:56 AM
by Steve
5 205
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-15-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
9 295
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,634
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 369
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 304
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 765
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 478
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 484
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,802
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 477
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 160
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 593
Contents of Marketing to...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-09-2014 05:25 PM
07-10-2014 03:23 PM
by Steve
3 246
Shindaiwa
CLB454
05-13-2014 09:04 PM
07-10-2014 03:04 PM
by Steve
14 720
Starting New in FL
mmcuttrim
08-06-2010 09:22 AM
07-10-2014 02:44 PM
by Steve
48 11,161
Bid help 45 on acre...
Priggan
06-26-2014 12:56 PM
07-09-2014 08:38 AM
by kslawn
7 464
need help bidding fence...
veteranslawncaresystems
07-03-2014 10:33 AM
07-08-2014 12:00 PM
by Steve
5 334
Trimmer or Knife?
gwilson98
07-04-2014 09:56 PM
07-07-2014 02:41 PM
by Steve
6 299
Started a New Solar Lawn...
Solar Lawn Care
06-08-2013 01:40 AM
07-07-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
37 7,349
New Canadian Member
coppervalley
07-04-2014 02:15 PM
07-07-2014 01:12 PM
by Steve
1 193
Happy Independance...
stevef1201
07-04-2014 07:05 AM
07-07-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
2 196
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-07-2014 12:47 PM
by Steve
4 281
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
07-06-2014 01:50 PM
by SGL1
21 5,152
Poulan Pro trimmers
SGL1
06-30-2014 11:16 PM
07-05-2014 09:32 PM
by SGL1
20 473
Timber!
Clays Landscape
11-28-2011 09:48 PM
07-05-2014 07:31 PM
by jhinton
22 5,703
2003 Exmark Lazer Z 52"...
toddfather
06-01-2014 07:23 AM
07-04-2014 04:45 PM
by jbungard1856
19 849
Mulching- How much to...
MNGo2Guys
06-13-2014 08:28 PM
07-03-2014 10:32 AM
by American L&T
11 858
» Popular Tags
4wd advertisement article marketing auger bid butterfly gardens charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call customers decorating estimate exmark ferris first truck fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday holiday decorating holiday lighting how much to charge introduction john deere quik trac lawn lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf lighting marketing monthly mow mulch mulch price new buisness new mower organize outdoor environments payment podcast property management company pto reo scag schedule scripts seo snow starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve stihl theft toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker winter winter services zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:05 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:05 AM.

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