Services

Lester Brothers Inc. is dedicated to supplying the most premier services to each and every one of our customers, vendors, and contractors through each sector of our business. We will strive to make this possible by making safety, technology, quality, and timely service our top priority when it comes to each job we take on; big or small. 

Directional Drilling

Lester Brothers’ directional boring operation is staffed with a team of operators who have more than 30 years of experience in the directional boring business. Whether you need a simple service shot or thousands of feet of telecommunication conduit, Lester Brothers is equipped to handle it. We have been in business since 1978 and are fully insured with a strong, experienced management team. Whether its directional drilling, commercial escavating, septic installs, or any of our other services, we always stand by our work—no questions asked.

  • Street Light Projects
  • Fiber Optic Installs
  • Sewer and Water
  • Telecommunications
  • Geothermal Systems
  • 500′ Straight Bore Shots
  • Capable of Boring Up to 6″ Pipe
  • Fully Insured

Driveway Installations

Lester Brothers has been performing driveway installations for over 30 years, much of how this business got started. With 30 years of experience it’s pretty safe to say that we have finally perfected the techniques needed in order to install a nice clean driveway with sharp edges. There are many different factors to take into account when it comes to driveway installations: existing ground, gravel type, driveway usage, and budget. Below, we talk about the proper steps taken from beginning to end that a customer of a new driveway would take and experience.

 

  • The first step would be to contact Lester Brothers to arrange for an estimator to come out and meet with you on your driveway. In doing this, we are able to gain a better understanding of what kind of usage this driveway would have and what’s the best route for you.
  • After a design and price has been agreed upon, we would begin excavation on your driveway. During this time, the customer would normally not be able to use the excavated area until work is completed. Depending on the size and scope of the work involved, we would be finished the same day (weather permitting).
  • We would then have an onsite follow-up appointment with you, going over everything that was done during excavation and make sure all needs and wants of your driveway design were met.
  • The first step would be to contact Lester Brothers to arrange for an estimator to come out and meet with you on your driveway. In doing this, we are able to gain a better understanding of what kind of usage this driveway would have and what’s the best route for you.
  • After a design and price has been agreed upon, we would begin excavation on your driveway. During this time, the customer would normally not be able to use the excavated area until work is completed. Depending on the size and scope of the work involved, we would be finished the same day (weather permitting).
  • We would then have an onsite follow-up appointment with you, going over everything that was done during excavation and make sure all needs and wants of your driveway design were met.

Trucking Services

Lester Brother’s Lower Michigan trucking division can handle anything from 3 tons to 30,000 tons of hauling. With a large inventory of gravel trains, short doubles, and tandem dumps, we are well equipped to meet the needs of any customer. Our organized dispatch system works hard to ensure our trucks will be there ready to haul at your requested time. Safety is something we strive for at Lester Brothers, and is why our trucks go through routine federal inspections to ensure all components are in proper working fashion. By the hour or by the ton, Lester Brothers is ready to handle all your trucking needs.

Stone Slinging

Stones slingers have revolutionized the excavation industry over the past 10 years. The ability to throw material over 75 feet allows excavators to place material in those hard to reach places that would otherwise require tremendous amounts of time and labor. The Lester Brothers stone slingers have been able to save contractors tremendous amounts of time and money on job-sites. Stone slingers work great for anything from basements to playgrounds. With special belt technology, we are able to sling many different types of material all year long. If you have a project with those hard to reach areas, feel free to contact Lester Brothers at (517) 764-7888 to receive an estimate on your slinging project.

Snow Plowing

Lester Brothers’ snow plowing operations has been able to slowly grow over the years due to good service and reliability. Lester Brothers has a wide array of loaders and trucks to handle any type of job. We also have three salt trucks on hand to take on any size parking lot or private road that a customer may have.

Are you a snow plowing contractor, looking for salt? Lester Brothers offers bulk and bag salt available for pickup or delivery. Whether you need two bags or 50 tons we can handle your order. Contact our office for salt prices and plowing rates (517) 764-7888

 

Septic Tank Pumping

Septic tanks should be pumped regularly as standard care for your septic system. Regular cleanings keep solids from going into drain fields and clogging the lines that disperse the liquids from the house. Regular pumping can add years of life to your existing drain field, most systems should be pumped out every three to five years. If the household has heavy use it may be smart to consider every two years.

Most systems have one 1000 gal tank but some areas have a 1500 gal tank or multiple tanks. If you have questions on what kind of set-up you have, information may be available at the County Health Dept. The Jackson County Health Dept. phone number is (517) 788-4433.

Cost of septic tank pumping can vary depending on the cost of disposal. Please call Lester Bros at (517) 764-7888 for the most current rate on pumping your tank.

 

Bio Tab

Lester Brothers is also a supplier of Bio Tab chemicals, a specially formulated pill to help your system stay healthy by giving it the proper bugs to help break down solids. This helps prevent large buildup of scum in your system, giving you’re a longer lifetime. Highly recommended and very affordable, comes in a small jar which last 12 months. Ask your pumping technician onsite or call our office at (517) 764-7888.

Bio Tab

Lester Brothers is also a supplier of Bio Tab chemicals, a specially formulated pill to help your system stay healthy by giving it the proper bugs to help break down solids. This helps prevent large buildup of scum in your system, giving you’re a longer lifetime. Highly recommended and very affordable, comes in a small jar which last 12 months. Ask your pumping technician onsite or call our office at (517) 764-7888.

Septic Field Installation

Septic field installation is something that many new and existing homeowners will face at some point. Existing homeowners many times experience failed drain fields. This typically happens when grounds become so saturated that they can no longer accept any more liquid,s or your drain lines are plugged from collecting to many solids (which can be avoided by regular pumping). If this is the case, the homeowner normally has two options; either install a new field system, or hook onto a municipal sewer main (if available in your area).

How do I know if my system has failed?

One way to tell if your system has failed is if you have water coming up out of the ground in your septic field area. Another indication is your system backing up into your home.

How do I go about getting a new drain field?

The first step would be to contact Lester Brothers and notify them of your problem. At this point, we would then contact the County Health Dept. and set up an on-site soil evaluation. An official with the County Health Dept. would come out and take a look at your existing soils and draw out a plan for a replacement system (this step does have a charge of $250).

Lester Brothers would then be able to go over everything that would take place with the installation of your system and the type of system your home requires (mound, trench, pressure, or bed). An accurate estimate on what your cost would be to replace your field would also be available at this time.

How do I know if my system has failed?

One way to tell if your system has failed is if you have water coming up out of the ground in your septic field area. Another indication is your system backing up into your home.

How do I go about getting a new drain field?

The first step would be to contact Lester Brothers and notify them of your problem. At this point, we would then contact the County Health Dept. and set up an on-site soil evaluation. An official with the County Health Dept. would come out and take a look at your existing soils and draw out a plan for a replacement system (this step does have a charge of $250).

Lester Brothers would then be able to go over everything that would take place with the installation of your system and the type of system your home requires (mound, trench, pressure, or bed). An accurate estimate on what your cost would be to replace your field would also be available at this time.

Screened Topsoil

Topsoil blends are something that have to be carefully developed in order to come up with the proper soils with the best PH levels for optimum growing capacity. Lester Brothers ensures this happens by using a well-developed method of mixing together certain organic materials (compost, manure, decomposed wood) to come up with our “Lester blend of topsoil”. One thing to remember when it comes to topsoil is that it retains water very easily, which can result in a muddy mess very quickly if a small amount of rain was to reach the pile. With that in mind, our topsoil will perform best for you if covered up with a tarp to protect it from the weather until its spread into place. Our topsoil is offered by the pickup truck load or by the dump truck load, whatever you needs may be.

Please call Lester Brothers at (517) 764-7888 for pricing on pickup and delivery information, or visit our contact page to request a sales call.

For more information on delivery of your topsoil please visit our sand, gravel, and topsoil delivery section.

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Sand, Gravel & Topsoil

There are a variety of trucks with and a variety of conditions in which to haul sand, gravel, and other aggregate materials. In this section, we would like to spend a moment to help you determine which truck and what delivery conditions are best suited for your particular needs. We will also give you some information concerning weather conditions and how this can impact deliveries, as well as some “do’s and don’ts” associated with hauling aggregate materials to your home or job site.

Weather

Weather makes a tremendous impact when it comes to delivery of your material. As many people know, when we receive large amount of rain, most lawns and driveways become very soft and moist. Depending on the truck and the amount of material being delivered, the probability of doing damage to lawns, driveways, or drain fields is very high. Lester Brothers likes to ensure that this doesn’t happen by allowing the drivers to make the judgment call on what the sight looks like and whether or not they feel it is safe for a truck to come across these soft areas.

Another thing to keep in mind with deliveries is Michigan’s frost laws that are put in place throughout the state, typically by each county as the spring thaw commences. During this period (typically 6 to 8 weeks) our trucks are restricted to where they can travel and how much weight they can haul on certain roads. Small load fees are typically put in place at this time by Lester Brothers due to the small amounts of material that we are restricted to haul.

Tailgate Spreading

Tailgate spreading is a method in which a truck has a partial locked tailgate, allowing the driver to slowly pour the material down a driveway attempting to lay it down in a thin sheet. This method works well only under certain conditions; power lines, low areas, unleveled ground, or short drives aren’t typically ideal conditions when it comes to this spreading method. Lester Brothers will not guarantee any tailgate spreading jobs, and a customer should only assume this method works only partially and some hand or machine spreading will still need to be done.

Truck Types

Tandem Dump Truck

Two axle dump truck, 14 ton hauling capacity, great for tailgate spreading, most commonly used for residential deliveries

Tri-Axle Dump Truck

Three axle dump truck, 17 ton hauling capacity, can be used for tailgate spreading, better in residential and small commerical job-sites.

Quad-Axle Dump Truck

Four axle dump truck, 20 ton hauling capacity, typically used on construciton site, or large stable areas.

Short-Double Dump Truck

Quad axle dump trucks with a dump trailer, 50 ton hauling capacity, must have a large area for truck

Gravel Train Dump Truck

Tractor trailer trucks with two trailers, require a very large amount of space, typically only used in stock yards and heavy commercial jobs, not usually used in a residential setting.

Weather

Weather makes a tremendous impact when it comes to delivery of your material. As many people know, when we receive large amount of rain, most lawns and driveways become very soft and moist. Depending on the truck and the amount of material being delivered, the probability of doing damage to lawns, driveways, or drain fields is very high. Lester Brothers likes to ensure that this doesn’t happen by allowing the drivers to make the judgment call on what the sight looks like and whether or not they feel it is safe for a truck to come across these soft areas.

Another thing to keep in mind with deliveries is Michigan’s frost laws that are put in place throughout the state, typically by each county as the spring thaw commences. During this period (typically 6 to 8 weeks) our trucks are restricted to where they can travel and how much weight they can haul on certain roads. Small load fees are typically put in place at this time by Lester Brothers due to the small amounts of material that we are restricted to haul.

Tailgate Spreading

Tailgate spreading is a method in which a truck has a partial locked tailgate, allowing the driver to slowly pour the material down a driveway attempting to lay it down in a thin sheet. This method works well only under certain conditions; power lines, low areas, unleveled ground, or short drives aren’t typically ideal conditions when it comes to this spreading method. Lester Brothers will not guarantee any tailgate spreading jobs, and a customer should only assume this method works only partially and some hand or machine spreading will still need to be done.

Truck Types

Tandem Dump Truck

Two axle dump truck, 14 ton hauling capacity, great for tailgate spreading, most commonly used for residential deliveries

Tri-Axle Dump Truck

Three axle dump truck, 17 ton hauling capacity, can be used for tailgate spreading, better in residential and small commerical job-sites.

Quad-Axle Dump Truck

Four axle dump truck, 20 ton hauling capacity, typically used on construciton site, or large stable areas.

Short-Double Dump Truck

Quad axle dump trucks with a dump trailer, 50 ton hauling capacity, must have a large area for truck

Gravel Train Dump Truck

Tractor trailer trucks with two trailers, require a very large amount of space, typically only used in stock yards and heavy commercial jobs, not usually used in a residential setting.

Residential Excavation

esidential excavation has been one of Lester Brothers long standing services to the community, having been the main service offered when Lester Brothers was founded 30 years ago. Over the years, we have been able to gain a strong understanding of what it takes to do a job and how long you can expect us on the site. As a customer, you will never have to worry about delayed completion times due to contractors underestimating the job requirements. Lester Brothers takes great pride in their work and instills those values into each employee on the job. When our crew walks off the job site it’s done right, hands down.

Lester Brothers offers a wide array of residential excavation services:

  • Basement Excavation
  • Land Clearing
  • Small Bridge Construction
  • Pond Development
  • Water Service Installation
  • Sewer Service Installation
  • Demolition
  • Private Road Building
  • Private Parking Lots
  • Basement Excavation
  • Land Clearing
  • Small Bridge Construction
  • Pond Development
  • Water Service Installation
  • Sewer Service Installation
  • Demolition
  • Private Road Building
  • Private Parking Lots

Landscape Materials

Do you have a landscaping project coming up? Need stone, topsoil, or sand? Lester Brothers has many different types of materials perfect for your next project. Our materials are always priced to sell, so it’s pretty safe to say when you buy our materials it’s not going to break the bank. Our list of landscape materials include:

  • Egg Rock
  • Cobblestone
  • Boulders (4 different sizes)
  • Slag Sand
  • PGA Sand
  • Pea Stone
  • Limestone
  • Oversized Crushed Concrete

Do you have a pickup truck? For the small price of $30 plus tax, Lester Brothers will load your truck with any material (limestone products are $37) in our yard! (Excluding PGA sand). Please contact Lester Brothers at (517) 764-7888 to inquire a price on your landscape material.

Land Development

Over the years, Lester Brothers has been fortunate enough to be the founder and developer of many housing developments throughout central Michigan. Having the know-how and experience is critical when it comes to subdivision developments. Whether it be road installations or sewer and water installations, Lester Brothers has the background needed to set the foundation, so to speak, for any land development. Lester Brothers also has building lots available with full sewer and water hookup; these are located in Grass Lake and Liberty Township.

For information on land development or lots contact Lester Brothers at (517) 764-7888 or visit our contact page.

Driveway Gravel

Lester Brothers has a wide array of driveway gravels to offer its customers, many of which are screened and blended by us. Being able to screen and process our own gravels gives us an edge on pricing, allowing us to offer much lower rates than our competitors. All gravels work best when compacted. Freshly spread gravel, not compacted, will soak up water when it rains and become a muddy mess. Drive on, roll or compact your gravel for best results. All gravel will get harder after it dries out. Spring thaw or muddy areas will use double the amount of gravel due to the soft ground and high moisture content. Larger stone helps in the spring or muddy areas and may be covered with smaller stone later on. The more crush, the better the gravel.

22 Road Gravel (MDOT Spec)

Basic road gravel design: some crushed stone also has sand, clay, and natural stone. Cheapest gravel commonly available, can be dusty though. Brown in color, 1″ minus stone size.

21AA Natural Stone (MDOT Spec)

100% natural stone crushed to 1″ minus: This stone is very popular for soft low areas. The stone is brown in color, slightly more expensive than crushed concrete. Commonly used for driveways, parking lots, and roadways.

Crushed Concrete (MDOT Spec)

Excellent performing gravel, 100% recycled broken concrete crushed to 1″ minus stone or pieces. Light gray in color, one of our number one sellers when it comes to commercial and residential driveway installments. Although it’s good performance gravel, we do see some complaints on dust problems due to the fine material that is mixed in with the gravel.

Crushed Asphalt

Another one of our most popular driveway gravels, and an overall Lester Brothers favorite. The crushed asphalt, when spread down properly, can last for many years without any grading required (under properly weighted loads). The material performs best after being rolled with a commercial roller, as that allows the material to seal properly, not allowing any moisture to soak into the material. It’s also a fan favorite due to the low amount of dust that it sheds off when traffic is over it.

21AA Limestone

This material is very good when it comes to residential and commercial driveways. Although it’s a good performer, the cost is much higher than that of other stones we offer. This material, much like the recycled asphalt, performs best when compacted, but does have more dust than the asphalt.

#6 Limestone

This particular type of gravel is a popular one among those who are not operating on any kind of budget when it comes to driveway or parking lot installation (or rehab). This material is one of the cleaner materials we offer since it contains no fines. Although it’s cleaner with no fines, a customer will also have a harder time with this material compacting and will often find that it remains a pretty loose material during the life of the driveway.

Lester Brothers has a wide array of driveway gravels to offer its customers, many of which are screened and blended by us. Being able to screen and process our own gravels gives us an edge on pricing, allowing us to offer much lower rates than our competitors. All gravels work best when compacted. Freshly spread gravel, not compacted, will soak up water when it rains and become a muddy mess. Drive on, roll or compact your gravel for best results. All gravel will get harder after it dries out. Spring thaw or muddy areas will use double the amount of gravel due to the soft ground and high moisture content. Larger stone helps in the spring or muddy areas and may be covered with smaller stone later on. The more crush, the better the gravel.

22 Road Gravel (MDOT Spec)

Basic road gravel design: some crushed stone also has sand, clay, and natural stone. Cheapest gravel commonly available, can be dusty though. Brown in color, 1″ minus stone size.

21AA Natural Stone (MDOT Spec)

100% natural stone crushed to 1″ minus: This stone is very popular for soft low areas. The stone is brown in color, slightly more expensive than crushed concrete. Commonly used for driveways, parking lots, and roadways.

Crushed Concrete (MDOT Spec)

Excellent performing gravel, 100% recycled broken concrete crushed to 1″ minus stone or pieces. Light gray in color, one of our number one sellers when it comes to commercial and residential driveway installments. Although it’s good performance gravel, we do see some complaints on dust problems due to the fine material that is mixed in with the gravel.

Crushed Asphalt

Another one of our most popular driveway gravels, and an overall Lester Brothers favorite. The crushed asphalt, when spread down properly, can last for many years without any grading required (under properly weighted loads). The material performs best after being rolled with a commercial roller, as that allows the material to seal properly, not allowing any moisture to soak into the material. It’s also a fan favorite due to the low amount of dust that it sheds off when traffic is over it.

21AA Limestone

This material is very good when it comes to residential and commercial driveways. Although it’s a good performer, the cost is much higher than that of other stones we offer. This material, much like the recycled asphalt, performs best when compacted, but does have more dust than the asphalt.

#6 Limestone

This particular type of gravel is a popular one among those who are not operating on any kind of budget when it comes to driveway or parking lot installation (or rehab). This material is one of the cleaner materials we offer since it contains no fines. Although it’s cleaner with no fines, a customer will also have a harder time with this material compacting and will often find that it remains a pretty loose material during the life of the driveway.

Commercial Excavating

Lester Brothers has served the commercial excavation field for over 20 years. We continue to grow are services in this field, offering excavation in many areas:

  • Site Restoration
  • Earth Moving
  • Demolition
  • Land Clearing
  • Underground Excavation
  • Site Development
  • Private/Public Road Building
  • Lagoon Closures
  • Wastewater Treatment Centers
  • Emergency Municipal Line Repairs

With a large inventory of trucks and equipment, you can be assured that when called to the job, it’s going to be on time and within budget. Whether you’re a contractor or an individual, feel free to give us a call at (517) 764-7888, and we will be more than glad to assist you in your next project.

Lester Brothers also offers 24 hour service to municipalities in need of quick repair of a main line sewer or water. We always keep trucks outfitted with the proper tools and equipment for quick response and repair time. Feel free to contact us to discuss these services.

Anthracite Coal

Key attributes of using Anthracite Coal:

  • All Anthracite Coal used in the U.S. is produced in the Northeast Region by American workers.
  • It’s the most abundant and economical fossil fuel available on the earth.
  • It burns at the highest level of BTUs of all fossil fuels, 25 million BTUs of heat per ton.
  • It’s very low in sulfur and volatile content compared to other competing fuels.
  • It’s primarily mined on the surface, retrieving coal that was abandoned from deep mines underground by drag-line shovels, better known as strip mining.
  • All Strip Mining Land is reclaimed and filled, regulated by the government.
  • Environmentally Sound – Anthracite coal is a full-cycle resource. Burn it for heat, use the ashes for acetic landfill and crop fertilizers.
  • Safety – It is the safest fuel to use, maintain & burn, using low maintenance and self-serviceable burners. There are no concerns of chimney fires.

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Demolition

Lester Brothers offers demolition of residential and commercial structures, with a large list of completed demotions around the area you can be sure your project will be done on time and cleaned up to the local ordinances. We work closely with licensed asbestos abatement companies to assure that all asbestos is removed and no harm done to the environment or the general public. If you have any structure big or small that needs to be properly and safely taken down contact Lester Brothers to receive your free estimate.  Contact our office (517)-764-7888

Aggregate Mining

Lester Brothers Excavating has been in the sand and gravel business since 1999. The company has three portable plants that operate throughout South Central Michigan, offering you complete flexibility for all your aggregate needs. We can produce aggregates to any specification you desire. Our aggregate technicians are MDOT certified and can offer you the best quality product.

Lester Brothers Excavating also offers a wide variety of aggregates for sale in our Jackson location. Please stop by for all your aggregate needs.

Class 2

Sand used for general fill, good for compaction.

Class 3

Sand used for general fill, contains more clay and silt than class 2.

2NS

Washed sand, contains little clay or silt used for bedding in drain fields

Pea Stone

3/8 inch natural washed, round rock, good for drainage and back-fill against foundation walls.

6A

1 inch to 3/8 inch, natural washed, round rock, used for drain fields.

21AA

1 inch minus, natural, crushed stone, with crusher dust, used for driveways.

22A

 ¾ inch minus, natural, crushed stone with sand, and clay for compaction, used for roadways.

23A

Same as 22A but with a higher clay content, used for shoulders in roadways.

1 Inch X 3 Inch Crushed Stone

3 inch to 1 inch, natural, crushed stone, used for roadways in muddy conditions.

Class 2

Sand used for general fill, good for compaction.

Class 3

Sand used for general fill, contains more clay and silt than class 2.

2NS

Washed sand, contains little clay or silt used for bedding in drain fields

Pea Stone

3/8 inch natural washed, round rock, good for drainage and back-fill against foundation walls.

6A

1 inch to 3/8 inch, natural washed, round rock, used for drain fields.

21AA

1 inch minus, natural, crushed stone, with crusher dust, used for driveways.

22A

 ¾ inch minus, natural, crushed stone with sand, and clay for compaction, used for roadways.

23A

Same as 22A but with a higher clay content, used for shoulders in roadways.

1 Inch X 3 Inch Crushed Stone

3 inch to 1 inch, natural, crushed stone, used for roadways in muddy conditions.

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Lester Brothers

Lester Brothers

5405 East Michigan Avenue, Jackson MI 49201

(517) 764-7888

Cody@lesterbros.com