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LawnFreak1170
09-13-2011, 07:55 PM
does anyone know what this might mean, i have been seeing recently that this grass cutter i know has a grass bussines and has been using two trucks one with a one ton dump and trailer which he uses and a regular truck with a trailer for his crew which is one guy that i have seen, he started trimming the yards ahead of time at each yard, then his crew follows behind him and mows each yard, is this faster? im just sorta confused, cause it doesnt seem like it would be faster, any ideas? thanks

willretire@40
09-13-2011, 08:11 PM
bobbygedd talked about this a couple years back. He claims it was faster.

LawnFreak1170
09-13-2011, 08:23 PM
yea just seems like its more work and more gas haha

WenzelOSLLC
09-13-2011, 08:27 PM
I dont have a second crew and work alone but I do find it faster to trim when I show up and then mow. I already know where I need to trim so I do it and then I don't waste time getting close and slowing down with my mower.

As far as having a solo guy go ahead before the rest of the guys I would say that's faster (not neccesarily cheaper) because if you finish mowing and have a guy or two walking around trimming after the trailer is packed up its the rest of the crew is waiting with idle equipment.

FlemingIslandLawnService
09-13-2011, 08:58 PM
yea just seems like its more work and more gas haha

I agree with this. You also have to have a second truck, trailer, equipment, etc. It doesn't seem like it would be fast enough to be worth the added expense.

And just what would customers think? A lawn truck shows up, makes a bunch of noise, and leaves trimmings all of the driveway, sidewalks, patios, and street. Then thirty minutes or so later another lawn truck comes to make some more noise and finish what was started.

Roger
09-13-2011, 09:07 PM
I know one local business that had one person doing trimming. He had a small pickup (S-10?) with a trimmer, fuel, etc. He started out ahead, and went to each property for trimming while the primary crew followed with mowers.

This worked well for them. The person doing the trimming was faster and much better at trimming than any other of his staff. I think these were the two points, "faster," and "better." He was able to keep pace with the mowing crew, and nobody got in each other's way. It worked for them.

yardguy28
09-13-2011, 09:11 PM
sounds stupid if you ask me. also a waste of money. your making 2 trips to each property each week.

i did think about something similar only doing it for fall clean ups.

i would dump all the leaves from the mowers at the curb and have a second truck go back and suck the piles up so i wouldn't have to stop mid day and empty my truck.

but then i came to the conclusion i just stated, your making 2 trips to each property each week and that is a huge waste of money.

doing it with leaves it might get the job done faster cause it's quicker to just dump the catchers at the curb then into a truck and it saves time from having to unload the truck mid day.

but with regular mowings i would guess total time spend on the property is the same with one crew doing everything in one stop as with this 2 crew method.

i myself am solo and i trim first, but i don't feel it saves me any time on the property's. i just trim first because i think overall it leaves a nicer look, especially with long grass. if you trim after you mow you have those clippings laying in the yard.

FoghornLeghorn
09-13-2011, 09:48 PM
What a silly idea. But I guess different strokes for different folks.

44DCNF
09-13-2011, 09:58 PM
I would guess it means he has a need for a second truck on the route or he wouldn't be doing it. The lead truck could be the lead man, or have other things to do that day that would disrupt the other trucks route if not sent out seperately, he could be the only one skilled enough to trim without scalping or damaging plants or property, he could be scouting for pests in order to set up pest control applications and timing thereof, training a new employee on trimming, getting a little face to face time with customers, checking on the crews work or addressing customer's concerns, there may not be room for all employees in one truck, maybe there is extra work on certain jobs that requires the extra body, maybe he makes pickups and deliveries along the route between trimming time. Could be many reasons. Why not approach him and ask him why he does it that way. He could give you the low down. We can only speculate.

ed2hess
09-14-2011, 06:20 PM
We run two crews on most of our commericial properties. I run one trailer out with the mowers and mow the properties. Then later the trim crews come tru and finish. They sometime trim bushes etc. Trim crew does have to have big trailer that would handle the big mowers. They all have a couple 36" units and 21". I get to take a look to be sure irrigation is runnig and general condition of property.

MarkintheGarden
09-19-2011, 09:22 AM
Maybe they just can't stand to be in the same truck all day with the boss! Could be he smells bad and listens to rush limbaugh on the radio.

Texas Lawn
09-19-2011, 11:15 AM
that is the most inefficient thing I have ever heard

AK's Cuts
09-19-2011, 11:36 PM
I've been cleaning a yard up and a 10 year old dump box truck and trailer pull up and a guy trims a yard and leaves. 3 hours later a smililar set up comes and mows.

RoyalTree
09-22-2011, 09:11 PM
I have a large company that does goverment work only that works with trim and mow crews seperatly. He swears it is much more efficient since his mowers are running atleast 9 hours per day. I could not see how a homeowner would tolerate this
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ed2hess
09-23-2011, 07:30 PM
I have a large company that does goverment work only that works with trim and mow crews seperatly. He swears it is much more efficient since his mowers are running atleast 9 hours per day. I could not see how a homeowner would tolerate this
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They don't care they aren't home.

yardguy28
09-23-2011, 09:41 PM
They don't care they aren't home.

just because the home owners aren't home doesn't mean they don't know whats going on, on there property......

i can see how a client wouldn't tolerate this sort of set up.

for it to be efficient i would think it would cost more to have a trim crew go ahead of the mowing crew. after all your sending 2 trucks to the same location each week. more fuel and another truck that gets wear and tear.

not to mention it's un necessary. and if i were a home owner i wouldn't want to have to worry about the mowing crew never showing up the same day and mowing and blowing off the walk ways and drive way.