There are many tricks of the trade you simply won’t pick up on until you have spent years experimenting. After much trial and error, you may come across some money and time saving tips but there is a good chance you won’t learn them all. That is why reading is so important. It’s always better when you can spend a little time reading and pick up some quick tips. Such is the case here when a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum asked about hauling brush.
He wrote “I am new to the odd job business and have a customer that wants several large branches and tree trunks (all rooted and removed already) hauled away. This job will require only a little extra cutting and hauling the waste away.
It seems like a simple enough job. It should only take 2-3 hauls with my pick up truck. I would probably have to cut some branches into manageable pieces and bring a helper to lift the trunks. I was thinking $50 per load - maybe $150 for the whole package? Any advice on the best way to handle this would be appreciated.”
Another lawn care business shared “I have a 6×12 trailer and do a lot of tree work. I have found that if you can cut the branches to fit nicely and pile them about 10 ft. high, you can fit a lot more of a load into your truck or trailer. I charge on average about $100 per load which includes loading and hauling.
Here is a great trick that will save you time and make you more money when you are hauling brush. Lay a rope under your load and tie a slip knot around the entire load. When you get to your dumping grounds, tie the rope to a large block, a tractor or something around, even a large tree trunk, and pull away with the truck. The load will slip right out the back of your trailer or truck. It saves about a half hour of unloading by hand. And remember time is money.”