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.

New Service Question


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-10-2009, 09:17 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 New Service Question

I mentioned in another thread we were awarded a 12 lot clearing project along with road work from a developer, lot's are on a lake about 50 min from where I live, outside my service area but this will take 5 staff all summer, can leave the equipment there and am looking at renting a 5th wheel for them to stay in or rent a cottage nearby.

So I went to John Deere to order another chipper last week, ended up buying a demo 2520 tractor with a loader that will run the chipper. The chipper arrived today and I went to pick it up, it is not the chipper model I ordered, confusion somehow at Bearcat, anyhow the dealer said to take it and try it for a couple of days, the issue is it's gravity feed but it has a shredder built in that will shred a 45 gallon drum of leaves in 60 seconds.

I tried the chipper at home and it's crazy, it will throw chips 40 feet easy on high, tried the shredder and the leaves come out like powder so I started thinking, our city is mainly hardwood and they are everywhere. In the fall leaves are a major issue in the city as they clog drains and we tend to get a lot of tropical storms in the early fall.

So my question is do any of you offer leaf shredding to clients? Does it sell well? I was thinking it might be a good fall business opportunity as I have two lawn sweepers that pick up leaves super fast, they could be fed into this unit and the client could keep the shredding as it would be mulch in no time. The timing isn't right to survey clients as summer has barely started here, mention a fall service and they might shoot you....
Attached Images
File Type: jpg newchipper-001.jpg (150.6 KB, 8 views)
File Type: jpg newchipper-002.jpg (151.6 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg newchipper-003.jpg (82.1 KB, 4 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 06-10-2009, 10:12 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
That is a very interesting service! I am thinking maybe if it were marketed in a way that would show the lawns benefiting from the leaves being shredded, maybe that would help sell the service?

Quote:
the issue is it's gravity feed but it has a shredder built in that will shred a 45 gallon drum of leaves in 60 seconds.
How did the other shredders operate if they weren't gravity fed?
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 06-11-2009, 12:07 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 6
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Andy you could make your own compost with the shredded leaves.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-11-2009, 03:43 AM
SuperiorPower
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by turfmaster View Post
Andy you could make your own compost with the shredded leaves.
Exactly my thots. Don't leaves compost quickly once they are shredded like that? They would be great humus for the lawn, I would think.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-11-2009, 04:23 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 Steve View Post
That is a very interesting service! I am thinking maybe if it were marketed in a way that would show the lawns benefiting from the leaves being shredded, maybe that would help sell the service?



How did the other shredders operate if they weren't gravity fed?
I can take a picture however they are fed by a round drum right next to the chipper flywheel that has teeth all the way across. On the trunl of a tree a self feed works excellent however 70% of this wood chipping is branches so you need something that draws what you are chipping into the cutterhead, self feed you would have to push it by hand, this kills your arms from the vibration of the piece going through the chipper, much slower also or you have to cut branches off the branches so it will feed itself, very time consuming.

This unit is $4,999, I am a bit torn as I don't know if there will be that much demand for shredding and I don't see it as something the tree crews would like using.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-11-2009, 04:34 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 turfmaster View Post
Andy you could make your own compost with the shredded leaves.
As funny as that comment may sound, here is a true story.

I have a 1947 International Super H tractor I bought when I was 15 from the original owner, still have it and it's in mint condition. One day I get a call from this Owen fellow, about two or three years ago, said he was a vintage tractor collector, said he herd I had an old H and would like to have a look, I said sure but it's not for sale and I love talking tractors.

He arrived, a man in his mid to late 70's, we talked for hours, he informed me he had over 225 completly restored tractors, then it struck me this is Owen Davis of Davis Construction, the largest excavation company in our province. Anyhow he wanted to walk around the property, this guy was a super person and you could tell he had a heart of gold, he noticed a pile of wood chips, I had been clearing an area for fire wood.

He said Andy, when this whole Organic thing started in Halifax years ago and the province made some changes I bought three industrial chippers as we could not find a company to come and chip wood at sites we were working on promptly and the Province changed the laws on burying stumps and trees, then I bid on chipping Christmas trees for the city and won the contract. He chipped them on his business property and turned the product into mulch, spruce and fir bows make super black compost and is considered one of the best going. He told me he sells close to $500,000 a year in compost made for the cost of the machine and operator, customers come to his yard and bag themselves.

I like these kind of success stories as they teach us to look around, there could be a gold mine right under our nose.

Andy
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-11-2009, 04:38 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 SuperiorPower View Post
Exactly my thots. Don't leaves compost quickly once they are shredded like that? They would be great humus for the lawn, I would think.
Well the city will not take them as garbage so you have to pay to take them to a compost facility, I have no idea what they do with them however I will find out the rates etc today.

Yes leaves brake down very fast, there are organic actuators you can spray on the shredded leaves and it turns it to compost in a couple of months. This may be a whole other area we could get into and it's something that really interests me as it's in keeping with the company organic way.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-11-2009, 08:57 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 6
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:

Yes leaves brake down very fast, there are organic actuators you can spray on the shredded leaves and it turns it to compost in a couple of months. This may be a whole other area we could get into and it's something that really interests me as it's in keeping with the company organic way.
It is amazing how one thing leads to another .
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
Another New Service, well actually two picframer General Talk 20 05-10-2009 04:07 PM
Question about the service feature Rdavis Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 02-08-2007 11:26 AM
Copying service prices from 1 service to another Gopher Tech Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 05-09-2006 06:08 PM
Service F.A.Q.'s Steve Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 02-23-2004 12:34 PM
service price question Enviro-Lawns Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 5 06-10-2003 09:40 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
snowplowing
jshak40
Today 07:20 AM
Today 07:55 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 92
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Today 05:57 PM
by 04bluesilverado
5 141
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
Today 10:17 AM
Today 11:39 AM
by stevef1201
1 46
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Today 09:52 AM
by mattthelawnguy
6 221
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
Yesterday 04:24 PM
Yesterday 05:55 PM
by stevef1201
3 96
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Yesterday 04:48 PM
by avetslawncare
6 219
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
Yesterday 10:53 AM
Yesterday 10:53 AM
by Lsmain
0 71
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
08-30-2014 07:00 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
2 157
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
08-30-2014 05:04 PM
by stevef1201
1 101
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
08-30-2014 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 401
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
08-29-2014 05:39 PM
by jrs.landscaping
1 118
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 534
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
by jawnebgoode
0 60
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
by kurtwin
0 83
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 619
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
08-28-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
5 219
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,262
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,652
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 522
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 204
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,858
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 289
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 365
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 237
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 207
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 249
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 492
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 752
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 218
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 553
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 520
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 264
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 374
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 286
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,116
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 578
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,689
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 755
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,950
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 379
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 500
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 331
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 606
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 486
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 582
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 636
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 891
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 429
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 491
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 379
» Popular Tags
4wd ads auger birdscaping charge collections subcontractor craigslist customers ecosymbiosis estimate exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to bid introduction invoice john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup lesco lighting marketing mowing mulch estimate native plants new buisness online classifieds patio install podcast pto reo rotating scag scripts season seo snow plowing sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl theft theft of services tips toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:20 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:20 PM.

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