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sky_lawncare
04-01-2008, 07:42 AM
If you're using a Z rider, and all of your accounts are close to eachother, how many subdivision-residential lawns can a single guy realistically do in one day?

Also, how early do these subdivisions usually let you start working / making noise?

I'd like to do some profit/earnings projections, but I just don't know the answer to this question, love to get some estimates.

sky_lawncare
04-01-2008, 08:05 AM
Also, what are you guys grossing / netting a year, roughly?

I'd like to figure out if this is just going to be a hobby or will I be able to ditch my 9-5 and go independent at some point?

I have a "good" job with the county, job security, benefits, retirement. Sounds great right? Well, i'm miserable. :laugh: Sure my job is easy, but I don't like easy. Easy never gets you anywhere. I want more out of life than my cushy county job can offer. What, only a .50 raise this year? I'd rather give myself a raise by working harder and smarter. I have to work weekends at my current job. I generally have to work holidays. I worked on Christmas last year. I don't have ANY days off with my fiance'. This is no bueno.

I've always had the entrepreneurial bug and I'm eager to flex my ambition on this business. Question is, how good of a living can this be in NE Florida?

Also, you Florida guys, how long is the cutting season? I've heard about 8 months.

Thanks for all the support and feedback!

Carolina Cuts
04-01-2008, 08:11 AM
I could probably do 10-12 depending on 'how close they are' and 'square footage'.

Figure 30-40 minutes a lawn to do em' right for a solo operator.

Labor work at 7am, but no equipment till 8am in my area.

sky_lawncare
04-01-2008, 08:21 AM
Minimum of 10, $35.00 per lawn, $7,000/mo gross . . . hmmmmmmm



What do you think about this for a starter trailer?

$725.00 New.

http://images.traderonline.com//img/9/dealer/760343/91901922_1thumb_550x410.jpg

Raven386
04-01-2008, 08:24 AM
I think its small and you will outgrow it quickly.....

sky_lawncare
04-01-2008, 08:26 AM
Alright then, whats the minimum starter size you would recommend?

Raven386
04-01-2008, 08:38 AM
at the very min. I would say 7X14 you can fit 2 z's or 1 w/b and 1 z on there comfortably. JMO though...

DA Quality Lawn & YS
04-01-2008, 10:49 AM
If that trailer is a 5x10 or even a 5x8, $725 is a heck of a good deal, assuming that trailer is new and dealer sold. Buy it, you don't have to have a huge trailer if you don't want that, just go with what will work with your equipment and put the blinders on.

sky_lawncare
04-01-2008, 11:12 AM
Ah, I posted this on my other thread. Trailer quotes:

Lawn Equipment Dealer:

For a 6x12 single they want 1135
For a 7x14 tandem they want 1700

I called allpro trailers:

For a 6x12 single = 970
For a 6x14 single = 1074
For a 6x12 tandem = 1290
For a 6x14 tandem = 1390

So all in all the 6x14 single axle for 1074 sounds like the best bet.

Don't have a huge truck either, 2wd Toyota Tacoma, it does have a v6 though, 5 speed, which is very rare for a 2wd Taco.

martinfan06
04-01-2008, 11:21 AM
Got my 6x12 viking trailer from dade city for 825 out the door. The name is escaping right at this moment. Was in the bargain trader adds though.

Raven386
04-01-2008, 02:11 PM
I would go with the 6x14 tandem... you can hold more and it has brakes. i have a 6x14 and the 52 w/b and 60 z w/ bagger on barely fit. I wish I had the extra room of a 7x16 it doesn't seem significant but it is...