Hi, I was thinking of buying a sweeper for my tractor and going out on hire with it, there is plenty of estates being built around my area, and lads with sweepers are making a small fortune as they are out sweeping there roads every week. I was thinking of doing yards roads etc. I've been told to try and look for a niche market when starting out doing a bit of contracting. How would you even charge people for it? I can't find much information about this type of work. Is there a reason there's not many lads out with a tractor or sweeper ? Any help would be much appreciated
Most builders have their own esp on bigger jobs. Usually hyd drive on teleporters. They need to be on hand. Can be needed at very short notice.
I think there is a business there but you have to think about how are you going to get the business? Who are you going to contact to let them know you are open for business?
Tidy town groups etc. also in an urban/suburban setting what are you going to do with the rubish you pick up?
From what i see most of the sweepers are self propelled ones which take away the crap they sweep.
One for the tractor for the most point will sweep to the side of the road .
Even if you swept up the rubbish as Bogman says what would you do with it. Its probably classed as rubbish /waste so would need to be disposed of in a landfill not thrown over a hedge or left onnthe side of the road.
Another thing to think about is insurance. This type of work isnt agricultural at all so insurance could/will be expensive.
Lastly is as this isnt agricultural work you would probably have to run your tractor on wgite diesel and tax it as a general haulage vehicle or similar as its not being used for agricultural purposes,
A contractor i work for said to me at one stage we can do work in anything that is agriculturally related but the moment it goes away from that we can be in trouble.
If i was going contracting i would be looking at a few things.
Agitating and spreading slurry. When the silage is going on , all the big lads are busy with silage , there is plenty of scope for lads to be flat out spreading slurry .If you get the work in the summer you will get it in the winter too
A lad at home is flat out with 2 2000 gallon tankers for the summer.
Personally i like the thought of a 3/3.5k gallon tank with a lazy arm. Something that you will see progress.
Next would be postdriver and end up fencing with it .
Next would be doing lawns , small power harrow landleveller and stone rake . A neighbour used to do a lot of them and his advice to me was , as long as you do a good job every time the work will keep coming in, that was pre boom times though.
You can get roadsweepers to put on a powerbox to gather it up