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Have a largeish job to do and cant decide on whether to hire a billy goat slasher or a ride on. Area is industrial and is very approx 1500 sqm. Very weedy but generally dry and thin but some clumped areas over a metre tall. Some uneven terrain but no real danger. Basically an overgrown paddock.

 

The slasher would do the lot but is obviously more physical, ride on will give a better finish but may have to hand slash a few things.

 

Any thoughts?


Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:37 AM

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Time taken is the consideration. The job is worth $X, what gives you the best return?
Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:03 AM

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It may be worth while getting a slashing contractor in to do the job. Saving you all the hard work.

Then you just put your magin on top of his price and invoice the customer.
Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:52 AM

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Most money would be in self propelled slasher hire.

 

Easiest would be to sub contract it out.

 

 

Cant use your ride on?


Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:55 AM

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Most money would be in self propelled slasher hire.

 

Easiest would be to sub contract it out.

 

 

Cant use your ride on?

I actually dont have a ride on. Have been close to buying one but not just yet, no real need.

 

Slasher is $80 for 4 hours hire vs Ride on is $150.


Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:51 AM

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I don't have either tools but I'm interested in the quoting thought process - I found this calculator:-

 

https://www.landscap...calculators/mow

 

1400sqm is about 1/3 of an acre and the calculator reckons with a 28" cut at 2mph you'll do 1/2 an acre per hour - so you should eat it in an hour? - so $80 for the slasher, $120 for an hours labour, pick up and return slasher say $50 - add a margin - so say around a $300 job? - call it $290 to make it easier on the client's ear.

 

I'm not in touch at all with pricing this kind of work at all so does this sound reasonable? - and more importantly would the market pay it?

 

I've been asked twice to slash blocks but have declined them so far - if the pricing above sounds reasonable I might think again.


Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:15 AM

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I slash heaps of blocks but I rarely use my Viking ride on unless I know the surface is good. Prefer to use the slasher or the Cub wheeled trimmer because if you hit something substantial you have a chance of lifting or pulling back before to much damage. With a ride on if dont see a rock or stump its usually too late and your over it sh#t get smashed up. Dont use a ride on especially a hired one unless you inspect every square foot. A slasher will usually have swing back blades to survive an impact, most ride ons dont.
Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:48 AM

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Another point is ride ons are really not suited for tall slasing, the decks are not open at the front like a true slasher. They will just lay down the growth with the front lip of the deck and the blades will.pass over most of it and only cut it in half and leave a trail of stuff standing back up behind you so you will have to go over it again. In my early days I used to tow the little push slasher behind to get the stuff that would stand back up coming out of the centre of the Viking twin deck, worked great.
Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:57 AM

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there,s ride ons and there,s ride ons. The following is a masport, there is German machine ( very good ) a Japanese (Canycom ) very good.
The canycom has virtually indestructable blades on the expensive model.



Round about 7 min mark he finds water pipe

Oh forgot there is a grillo too


Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:13 PM

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This guy does slopes mainly


Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:15 PM

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This is the german machine love the video

 


Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:23 PM

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Canycom

 


Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:28 PM

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Not to forget the Yanks and the Ventrac ( mow it a couple of times a year )

 


 


Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:32 PM

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I slash heaps of blocks but I rarely use my Viking ride on unless I know the surface is good. Prefer to use the slasher or the Cub wheeled trimmer because if you hit something substantial you have a chance of lifting or pulling back before to much damage. With a ride on if dont see a rock or stump its usually too late and your over it sh#t get smashed up. Dont use a ride on especially a hired one unless you inspect every square foot. A slasher will usually have swing back blades to survive an impact, most ride ons dont.

Starting to like my Self Propelled Wheeled trimmer more, to date have only used it with thick trimmer line, havnt needed the nylon blades or the the 3 toothed metal blade as yet

http://www.bearcatpr...dels/WT190S.php


Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:41 PM

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Excellent information from all, thanks heaps.

 

The Billy Goat slasher is a very capable beast and thats what they have at the local hire shop. Think I will go with that although it will be overkill on a lot of it.

 

And Crocster you are pretty much on the money, I had already quoted this job and had it approved and I was $330. However it is one part of a larger job involving large tree branch pruning and mass weed spraying totalling over $1000. I reckon if I was doing it as a lone job I would have it a bit higher at $400. So I am happy to take some risk and experimentation with the slashing/mowing part of the job as the job in its entirety will be profitable anyway.


Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:58 PM

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Yeah great machines all Drew, don't know about elsewhere but all you can hire in SA is a bloody yard tractor.. can't even get a ZT! Not that I need coz I have both anyway.
That trimmer is a step up from my Cub being SP, and having a blade option? The Cub is limited by the cord even the best square/diamond 4mm stuff will break in heavier stuff. Round cord is useless doesnt cut worth a damn..
Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:11 PM

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Havnt had a drama with the round or square that came with the machine. Bought a roll of .155 from amazon works ok too
 


Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:47 PM

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I've discovered lost tribes on some jobs l've done with my Lawnboss


Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:53 PM

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https://www.amazon.c...line heavy duty


Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:54 PM

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Yeah great machines all Drew, don't know about elsewhere but all you can hire in SA is a bloody yard tractor.. can't even get a ZT! Not that I need coz I have both anyway.
That trimmer is a step up from my Cub being SP, and having a blade option? 

http://www.bearcatpr...e_brush_cutter/


Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:06 PM




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