A contractor who isn’t afraid of some hard work can keep busy in the growing Florida market.
But it takes the right employees working with the right equipment to keep the jobs coming.
Don Pitts, the owner of Site Service Contractors of Florida in Ocala, has found that successful combination with Kubota tractors.
Pitts started his company three years ago with a Kubota 3430 — a piece of machinery that is still working and now has more than 5,500 hours on it. He said it still looks and runs like when it was new.
“There is no better tractor out there than a Kubota,” Pitts said. “I’ve tried others, but they didn’t meet the standards of the Kubota. I’ve also gotten great service from the local Kubota dealer, Bobcat and Kubota of Ocala.”
He now owns four Kubota 3430s with box blades and a Kubota 5030 with a box blade. The company’s fleet also includes John Deere dozers, loaders and excavators, three Bomag B24 compactors and 13 Mack dump trucks.
Since Site Service “went big-time a year ago,” Pitts said its been doing land clearing, building house pad foundations and performing all types of grading around houses.
“We use our bigger equipment and trucks to clear the land, haul out anything that needs to be hauled away and haul in fill material. Then the Kubotas move in,” he said.
The tractors are used to backfill around swimming pools, rough grade around the house, grade driveways, setting culverts and doing the final grade to prepare for the sprinkler system and the sod.
“The Kubotas are small enough to work right up next to the houses under the eaves, so we cut out a lot of hand labor,” Pitts said.
His team of 37 workers complete 75 to 100 grading jobs, clear 30 lots and build 30 to 40 pads each week.
“The key to our success in a business like ours is good employees. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” Pitts said. CEG Staff