There is a market for it here to. Currently I jerk them out with the hoe up 16” but it makes more of a mess. Do you clean up the wood chips? There must be quite a pile of those.
What is your loder model and is it hi flow? I have one machine with 24 gpm at 2600 psi. Just wondering if thats enough to make these work well. I know more is always better with this attachment.
More is defiantly better. I have an '07 S185 standard flow. I'm not sure of the gpm though, I know its under 20.
As far as the chips go, I always ask first whether they want them cleaned up or not. Because if they do, I'm going to charge extra. It can be time consuming, but they pay.
People always ask for a “rough idea” estimate on the phone. I can usually get pretty close by asking the following questions:
How many stumps?
Are you a fenced in area? If so, can I get my machine in?
Do you want the chips cleaned up?
If the stumps are taller than 4-6” or so, I cut them down when I can with a chain saw, especially when I'm cleaning up the chips. There are a lot of jobs with one or two stumps where it takes longer to get the Bobcat on and off the trailer than it does to grind the stumps. I almost feel guilty for making $100 in 20 minutes sometimes.
I noticed that it really depends upon the people whether they want the chips cleaned up or not. I live 5 miles from the MD / PA line. 95% of my Maryland customers want everything cleaned up. 95% of my PA customers are willing to save the money and clean it up themselves. Very odd, but just something I noticed. Also the word of mouth advertising is great with the stump grinder. I did a few Craigslist ads, made some tear off flyers for some local stores and about 500 mailbox flyers. I haven't advertised it for a few months and I'm getting the same amount of business by word of mouth, I usually get about 12-15 requests a week, I try to schedule them over two days, by geographic area. The less time on the road, the more I can get done, and the less fuel I use. If I'm going to Maryland, I usually take my 17 year old nephew with me to clean up. A win for both of us. I don't have to clean up, and he can make some money while school is out.