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olebrooklawn
10-25-2011, 10:05 PM
thinking bout biding on a big job 2 hours away.

93Chevy
10-25-2011, 10:11 PM
Our closest account is less than 5 minutes away. Our furthest accounts are about 1 hour away.

32vld
10-25-2011, 10:25 PM
2 hours away means nothing.

Are you already mowing 40 hrs a week?

Or are you only working 20 hrs a week?

How much will the job sell for?

How much will you net?

How many hours do you think it will take?

Without not knowing the answers no one can determine if it would be worth taking this job.

Greyst1
10-25-2011, 10:26 PM
Good thread, mine is about 30 minutes. I'd go up to 40-45 tho.

To the OP, tell us about the job? Is it just a one timer, landscape reno?

Five Points
10-25-2011, 10:30 PM
i have about seventy accounts furthest away is twenty min including getting coffee

corey4671
10-25-2011, 10:30 PM
I have two days that I travel 45 miles one way.mow 13 accounts each day. two other days I go about 15 miles one way. Less accounts but much larger properties. Fifth day I probably don't even travel 10 miles total all day
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djagusch
10-25-2011, 10:31 PM
Whats the job is the question. My furthest is 66 miles from the base but it is 3 hrs of work with jobs on the way.

Is your equipment reliable (newer the better), do you carry tools, parts in the truck? Can you fix most issues in the field when they happen? Do you have spare equipment on the trailer? If you only have one trimmer, one blower, and one mower breaks down could kill any profit. If you carry a extra of each then start crunching numbers.

Can you pick up work on the way or on the way back?

What the job is will help answer all this.

siclmn
10-25-2011, 10:34 PM
15 min. is as far as I go.
2 hours?
Would that be 4 hours round trip?
How is that going to work for you?

Snyder's Lawn Inc
10-25-2011, 10:40 PM
I use to go 30 miles for 10 hrs with a 3 man crew did that for 2 years
I'll go any where as long its pays well

johnyredd99
10-25-2011, 10:44 PM
32.7 miles about 45min one way. break down the other day making it a 132 mile day

unkownfl
10-25-2011, 10:47 PM
15 minutes 8 miles. I don't need to travel but if I had to I would drive 10 hrs if I made money. If you can bid fuel and time and equipment and get it why not.

Mikegyver
10-25-2011, 11:44 PM
90% of our work is farther than 15 minutes away but no further than 25 minutes away. Guess thats what i get for living in the country...but I have a free dump!
Mike

Darryl G
10-26-2011, 12:02 AM
My mowing rig has never even been on the highway, lol.

johnyredd99
10-26-2011, 12:02 AM
Guess thats what i get for living in the country...but I have a free dump!
Mike

Nothing better then charging for disposal/landfill fees then taking the stuff home to your own burn pit. Just about everything burns once it gets hot enough.

only downfall about living in the country is there is never an estimate that will only take 5 min to get to. Seems every estimate is after I have already driven home. And no one likes to hear 'well the next time im in your area is' for an estimate.

RSK Property Maintenance
10-26-2011, 12:12 AM
I travel 30 mins away from my house for 1 lawn its small under 5000sq ft. 15 mins toaway double and triple cut some of it.Trimming takes me 10 mins,and same with blowing off the driveway and side walks. I have other stops on the way out there so its only 13 miles from the closest stop. Next year ill get more work out that way so its more profitable. But at 50 a cut its not too bad.
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Snapper Jack
10-26-2011, 12:15 AM
2 hours away means nothing.

Are you already mowing 40 hrs a week?

Or are you only working 20 hrs a week?

How much will the job sell for?

How much will you net?

How many hours do you think it will take?

Without not knowing the answers no one can determine if it would be worth taking this job.



Your postings makes one look all perspectives. Who are you and what planet are you from???:laugh::waving:
20 minutes travel time

Turf Commando
10-26-2011, 01:54 AM
Who cares how far one is willing to travel if your making a profit. Travel is life in this business don't base your route on accounts locally not always going to happen, sometimes travel is necessary evil.
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weeze
10-26-2011, 02:25 AM
2hrs away?...that's getting rediculous...not worth it unless they are paying you like $1000 a cut lmao

most i would go is 30min and really that's too far...all of mine are 15min or less from my house and i live in the country too.

RSK Property Maintenance
10-26-2011, 07:49 AM
Oh and im only cutting 20hrs a week in the spring time it so I take whatever I can get for now
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ralph02813
10-26-2011, 07:59 AM
one day I go east 14 miles and do a group of customers, that day turns into 35 mile day. the next day I go west 17 miles do a group of customers and catch 2 on the way home. The next day 4 miles south round trip for the 10 miles. The nice part is that every day takes me with 1/2 mile of my dealer. My last days are for things I couldn't get done besides cutting grass, weeding - hedge trimming, bush tree trimming, woods clearing, etc.

Snyder's Lawn Inc
10-26-2011, 09:35 AM
I cut atleast 40hrs per week with a 3 man crew So we cut my Rt in 4 -10 hr days and other 2 days we are landscaping

MOturkey
10-26-2011, 11:12 AM
My farthest is 25 or so miles, the closest around 4. Twenty-five miles around here is a 30 minute or less drive. If you are in an urban market with lots of traffic lights and traffic, ten miles could take 30 minutes.

gebby
10-26-2011, 08:20 PM
Furthest about 60 miles. Yes I do other work to and from. Closest 2 blocks. I have done route work for years. My route is roughly 250 miles a week unless all does not get done then I do go back. Yes I charge accordingly. If you have everything figured in your expences and you have the time, go for it.

Richard Martin
10-26-2011, 09:03 PM
16 miles. Time of travel is from 25 minutes to 45 minutes depending on traffic or if that stupid train is on the tracks at the Arlington Blvd RR crossing.

sjessen
10-26-2011, 09:25 PM
Closest one is across the street. Farthest is about 8 miles away - 6 in that subdivision. Have 40 others about 6 miles away in the same area. there is no money made driving in our business.

dhardin53
10-26-2011, 09:25 PM
One day a week I do my out of town work. That 3 yards totaling 6 acer between then and I drive less than 20 miles one way to get then all. Then 14 miles home, then take it easy I am retired you know. just over 2 1/2 hours of mowing.

Flex-Deck
10-26-2011, 10:38 PM
Whats the job is the question. My furthest is 66 miles from the base but it is 3 hrs of work with jobs on the way.

Is your equipment reliable (newer the better), do you carry tools, parts in the truck? Can you fix most issues in the field when they happen? Do you have spare equipment on the trailer? If you only have one trimmer, one blower, and one mower breaks down could kill any profit. If you carry a extra of each then start crunching numbers.

Can you pick up work on the way or on the way back?

What the job is will help answer all this.

Great post; yes, I also have a route that is 128 miles long with mowing all the way (some fairly large) and is a once every 10 day route. I run 5 machines, and trade one per year. Usually have about 2300-2500hrs. I carry extra belts, idlers, spare wheels-tires - have an extra string trimmer, and all the tools to change gearboxes, belts, alternators etc. If you can't fix it yourself, and preferrably in the field, down time will kill.

WJC
10-26-2011, 10:44 PM
My farthest customers are 30 min. away, I dont have time or desire to drive any farther.

KrayzKajun
10-27-2011, 07:49 PM
Bidding on a job for next season. 2hr round trip travel time. For a 10acre apartment complex. Worth the drive for a full days worth of mowing
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GMLC
10-27-2011, 07:57 PM
Yeah I wouldn't want to drive that far unless it was a full days work. I try to limit windshield time to 30 min or less.
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metro36
10-27-2011, 09:24 PM
I never travel more than 20 miles from my house for mowing. I will go a bit farther for a full day of landscape work. There are just too many contractors around here so I have to stay close to stay competitive.

lawnkingforever
10-27-2011, 10:17 PM
All of my accounts are within 15 miles of my house and most are closer. I will only take on mowing customers in 2 areas or if the account is located in between my house and one of these townships. I really try my best to have multiple accounts in the same development. As a solo operator I need to keep my windshield time to the bare minimum. Every week is a struggle to get all of my yards mowed. I could no way be as productive or profitable if my yards were scattered all over the place. I hate turning down so much work out of my service area but there seems be to enough work close-by to keep me busy.
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ralph02813
10-28-2011, 07:31 AM
In the big state of RI I will go east to the bay 14 miles or west to the ct border (actually the light on rte 1 in Pawcatuck 16 and no further north and rte 138 commonly referred to as South County

KrayzKajun
10-28-2011, 02:32 PM
The only reason I'm bidding on the 10acre prop a hour away is because I was asked to bid on four of their complexes total
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Glenn Lawn Care
10-28-2011, 03:06 PM
My closest is my neighbors and my furthest is about 30 minutes away. When I used to work for a guy along time ago he did an account that was about 2 hours away. t was for xcel energy..... it was a garbage account but he made a lot of money on it.