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.

Today's job


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-22-2010, 05:46 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default Today's job

One thing about owning this business is I can pick sites I want to work with, I allow the staff to do the same.

Some may recall this was a massive drain job we did last year, in short the owners were pumping 240 gallons a day from their basement due to blasting for a new school nearby, forget trying to prove the water came from the blasting even though they have lived here for 20 years.

I decided to show up with the 27D excavator, 2520 tractor and X749 tractor, each serves a purpose to get a job like this done fast, todays task was 64 yards of top soil and 12,000 sq ft sod.

I will try to get the images in order but basically there is shots of the top soil being laid with the 2520, how me use the landscape rake to grade before the top soil, we use a 36 landscape bucket on the excavator to cut grades, the X749 is crazy at rolling as the friggin thing will go anywhere, it also does the spraying.

We also had to build a new retaining wall, the one built two years ago fell apart as it didn't have any cribbing.

It was a good day, I am beat, the batteries died in the camera (mine are dead to)or I would have taken finished shots but I have to go back tomorrow for a little cleanup, customer was shocked as was his wife that three guys could do all this in one day, having the equipment is everything and man it was fast work.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 27Dmovingtopsoil.jpg (138.1 KB, 23 views)
File Type: jpg 27landscapebucket.jpg (129.9 KB, 10 views)
File Type: jpg Billy2520.jpg (136.5 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg hubleymill-011.jpg (134.2 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg landacaperake.jpg (120.4 KB, 14 views)
File Type: jpg retainingwall.jpg (134.5 KB, 19 views)
File Type: jpg retainingwall1.jpg (133.7 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg Rollingside.jpg (101.4 KB, 11 views)
File Type: jpg rollingside2.jpg (103.7 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg Sod.jpg (137.8 KB, 15 views)
File Type: jpg sod2.jpg (137.8 KB, 14 views)
File Type: jpg X749rolling.jpg (68.1 KB, 14 views)
File Type: jpg X749rolling2.jpg (135.8 KB, 19 views)
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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 04-22-2010, 07:24 PM
lawncrafter56 lawncrafter56 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ia.
Posts: 159
Rep Power: 6
lawncrafter56 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Very Nice Project
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-22-2010, 08:14 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default x749

How heavy is the x749? Nearly all properties here have septic systems. Is there a potential problem using the z749?

Nice job

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-22-2010, 08:28 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swstout View Post
How heavy is the x749? Nearly all properties here have septic systems. Is there a potential problem using the z749?

Nice job

Steve
No issues at all, I take tractors three times it's size and we do build septic fields so I am very careful, it goes around 1,400 pounds
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-22-2010, 09:35 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Thanks

Thanks Andy. I'm just trying to cover all bases.

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-23-2010, 05:10 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swstout View Post
Thanks Andy. I'm just trying to cover all bases.

Steve
I know you mentioned a while back that the dealer had a repo coming back, did that ever happen? You can make amazing $$$ with this tractor, I am off to till a place this morning, another company underbid me however they were using a walk behind, the client called last week saying the company quit after four hours, it's close to two acres and they were having a lot of issues, I will be in and out in two hours tops and bid $260.00, won't change my estimate regardless of how much they did.

The tillers on these turn at three times the speed of a walk behind leaving outstanding results.

When it comes to spraying, having a sprayer attaced to the 3 point hitch in the back is priceless, I can get into really tight spots and this tractor will honestly go anywhere I have pointed it.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-23-2010, 09:38 AM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Saw Repo

Quote:
Originally Posted by picframer View Post
I know you mentioned a while back that the dealer had a repo coming back, did that ever happen? You can make amazing $$$ with this tractor, I am off to till a place this morning, another company underbid me however they were using a walk behind, the client called last week saying the company quit after four hours, it's close to two acres and they were having a lot of issues, I will be in and out in two hours tops and bid $260.00, won't change my estimate regardless of how much they did.

The tillers on these turn at three times the speed of a walk behind leaving outstanding results.

When it comes to spraying, having a sprayer attaced to the 3 point hitch in the back is priceless, I can get into really tight spots and this tractor will honestly go anywhere I have pointed it.
I saw the repo x749. I passed! Going for a new one

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-23-2010, 10:26 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,282
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

It's amazing how we seem programmed to think that bigger equipment is always better, but it's not!

If you can't get the equipment in and out of an area you are working in, the equipment is useless.

This is a great example of having the right equipment for the job.
__________________
- 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 04-23-2010, 05:18 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
It's amazing how we seem programmed to think that bigger equipment is always better, but it's not!

If you can't get the equipment in and out of an area you are working in, the equipment is useless.

This is a great example of having the right equipment for the job.
I found a niche, we are bigger than the small guys can do jobs they can't or we have the gear to do it faster, many rent but they don;t have the experience. I did an excavation job today the client had hired another company to do, it was quite a mess, lack of experience and the wrong size excavator. We are smaller than the big guys that can't get their gear in or they are not interested, I am a little shocked more haven't cought onto this, in any event I am enjoying it.

The second thing is the old saying, it takes money to make money. I have invested a considerable amount in this company, at the same time it has provided more work than we know what to do with.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-24-2010, 10:46 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,282
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
it was quite a mess, lack of experience and the wrong size excavator.
Andy,

Can you tell us a little on how the wrong size excavator can effect a job?
__________________
- 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
Today's callbacks mark123 Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 1 04-08-2010 04:23 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
Today 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 267
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 11:22 PM
Today 12:01 PM
by Steve
1 39
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
Today 11:56 AM
by Steve
7 271
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
Yesterday 07:52 PM
by SGL1
8 198
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 93
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 140
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 87
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-18-2014 02:52 PM
by Steve
7 216
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 841
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 375
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,272
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 562
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-15-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
99 5,876
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,716
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-13-2014 03:34 PM
by Steve
3 143
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 185
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 287
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 145
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 389
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 268
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 381
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 391
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 665
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 218
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 295
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 186
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 199
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 518
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,131
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,338
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 572
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
08-05-2014 07:12 PM
by TheBeast
30 1,922
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 766
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 464
Please help
unitedlawncare48867
03-26-2014 08:29 PM
08-05-2014 05:27 PM
by TheBeast
27 1,552
Help with Estimate
donslawns
08-02-2014 09:10 AM
08-05-2014 02:24 PM
by Steve
6 428
Stuck again!!!!
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-01-2014 11:02 PM
08-05-2014 09:05 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
10 442
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
08-05-2014 07:22 AM
by petscanning
25 931
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
08-04-2014 06:53 PM
by kslawn
17 727
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
08-04-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
48 5,745
long time no see
Tuscan Gardens
08-02-2014 03:21 PM
08-04-2014 12:04 PM
by Steve
1 269
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
08-04-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
2 301
trimming back shrubs
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:14 AM
08-04-2014 11:52 AM
by Steve
6 406
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:13 PM
08-04-2014 11:50 AM
by Steve
3 339
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-02-2014 07:55 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
24 3,480
Easy money
stevef1201
11-14-2013 10:17 AM
08-02-2014 01:03 AM
by stevef1201
3 1,490
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-01-2014 11:42 PM
by TNTurf
1,186 327,968
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
08-01-2014 01:50 PM
by stevef1201
7 538
Buy a good company at a...
Steve
03-12-2011 06:38 AM
08-01-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
2 1,926
Employee wont return...
Prolawnofchatt
06-13-2014 03:12 PM
07-31-2014 09:59 PM
by WesleySnips
5 803
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment lawn care estimate birdscaping care charge collections subcontractor commercial craigslist credit card processing customers ecosymbiosis exmark ferris four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely holiday honda how much to charge how to bid husqvarna hydraulic installation invoice kawasaki labor cost landscape services late 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 lawn service leaf cleanup leaf removal lesco marketing mulch estimate native plants new buisness online classifieds podcast rotating scag scag v-ride search engine optimization season seo small engine repair sprayer starting a business stihl theft of services tips toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape upsell walk behind walker winter money making ideas won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:11 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:11 PM.

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