Sergio Almader is a one-man equipment owner/operator doing various construction projects with his Toro Dingo and its various attachments, trencher, rototiller, bucket, augur, mini backhoe, grader and forks. The Toro Dingo is a smaller version of a Bobcat, only 42 inches wide, which opens up many opportunities for equipment use in constricted areas in a project that would otherwise require hand digging. Sergio has over 30 years of experience in landscape construction, with many years spent running his own Landscaping business. Sergio later became a salesman for with the Toro Company and sold Dingos to contractors.
After moving to the Hood River area and working with a local home builder, he realized there was a huge lack of available labor in the local construction industry. Homeowners were having difficulty finding contractors for projects because the contractors were either too busy with larger projects or didn’t have the labor to take on additional projects. He decided to start his own trenching business in 2021 and purchased a used Toro Dingo with its 10 attachments with a used truck and a custom trailer to haul everything and started doing side jobs.
Sergio Almader works with both homeowners and contractors digging trenches for gas or water lines, holes for fence posts and pole barns, tree removals, digging out leech fields and moving large quantities of soil or sand.
DBA the Dingo Dude, Sergio’s business has been successful with only word-of-mouth and social media advertising. MCEDD’s microlending program has given Sergio the ability to refinance and consolidate the credit card debt incurred from the purchase of the business’ equipment, allowing him to save on interest and pay off the debt more quickly.
Facebook page: @DingoDude