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pjslawncare/landscap
01-13-2004, 06:54 PM
During the mowing season, what time in the morning do you start working? Im talking residential mostly. If you start too early you may make customers mad and morning dew will be a factor. Ive been getting things going at 8:30 and most days were done about 4:00 pm. Also how long for lunch? do you go to fast food or take lunch with you?

macaw
01-13-2004, 07:03 PM
9:00 am Take my lunch take about 30 min.
But I start loading truck at 7:30

rodfather
01-13-2004, 07:08 PM
I personally load the trucks and mowers, equipment, ect. starting around 6:30 or so (depending on the time of the year). Mowing begins anytime around 7:30.

Lunch? What is the hell is that? J/K. Most of my guys bring lunch and coolers with them. They normally only need like 20 minutes or so. Nome of them do the fast food thing btw...

bayfish
01-13-2004, 07:20 PM
I start loading the equipment at 7 a.m. Move out at 8:00 and do commercial properties first.

LB Landscaping
01-13-2004, 07:24 PM
I like to leave bewtween 7-7:30. Usually done by 5:00 but depends on the weather.

Avery
01-13-2004, 07:49 PM
Start mowing at 9:00 am. We cannot start earlier than that per our contracts. My guys usually bring their lunch. They get 30 mins. for lunch plus two 15 minute breaks during the day. We work until whatever we have scheduled for that day is done. Usually 5 or 6. We work Mon.-Sat. Have worked Sun. on occasion when we get behind.

work_it
01-13-2004, 08:07 PM
Start checking out the truck and all fluid levels around 7:15. Load the equipment and recheck them to make sure I didn't miss anything the evening before. On the road by 8:00 and start mowing by 8:30. I work solo and don't take lunch breaks. Pack a cooler in the morning and eat while I'm driving from one job to the next. BTW-eating is more of a task than a pleasure, and all my breaks are taken while I'm staring through a windshield.

greensideup
01-13-2004, 08:25 PM
My guys get here at between 6:45 & 7. We use enclosed trailers, so there is nothing to load. I make any repairs and change blades at the end of the day. Everything is ready to go in the morning, so wee leave just about 7. Get done between 2 & 3 most days.

promower
01-13-2004, 08:28 PM
I'm just like bayfish, start my commercial props first. I had one guy that lived in an apartment next to a commercial property I did. He got mad came outside and said he doesnt want me next to his residence at 7:00 in the morning mowing. Told I had to start this early to get everything done (my busiest day) so he called the cops came. Police talked to us both and said by law I can actually start whenever I want as long as I'm only doing work in a commercial zone. Guy was irrate, so I got there at 6:30 next week just because the guy was being so unreasonable and came out screaming at me, never saw him again.

workaholic
01-13-2004, 09:13 PM
Heres a good one about starting early. I think it was summer of 98 super hot days up near 100 and above for like a month or more.started mowing this lawn at 6 am within 10 minutes the guy across the street walked over and was so pissed he said what the #@%$ are you doing and i said mowing grass he said dont you think its a little early to do that and i said not for what i have to do before it gets to hot then he calmed down a little and said why dont you come back a little later to finish. I told him it had to be done now that i dont backtrack on my routes so he looked at me and said if this was my property you would never be back and i said but its not your property and started the mower and finished. to this day the guy wont even look at me..

alpine692003
01-13-2004, 09:30 PM
I start at around 9am - 10am.

Load equipment, get route sheets ready, talk to my partner for a bit, my brother who is a p/t'er at 7:30-0800. We have breakfast from 8am to 8:30am, then we head out when we're done our breakfast to our designated site.

NCL
01-13-2004, 09:48 PM
I have 1 or 2 guys come in at 7am to sharpen blades I get to the shop at 7.30 they are usually done by then and loaded up go to wawa to gas up and get food for the day. We don't take specific brakes when your hungry you stop and eat or drink and get right back to work. Usually done by 5pm

troblandscape
01-13-2004, 09:54 PM
We try to start mowing between 7:00 and 7:15

turfman33
01-13-2004, 10:16 PM
7:30 to 8am depending on the area I'm working. Lunch I put in a cooler and take with me. Plenty of water as well.

Steve

Kelly's Landscaping
01-13-2004, 10:28 PM
Never have nor will I ever understand starting before 7 or 8 to each his own although I do question why some want to get out of their homes so soon. We start at 8 usually with over sleeping and morning delays its about 8:15 before every one is in. we load up and were on the road any where from 8:30 to 8:45 as for lunch well that depends how close we are to a good deli. But typically we take lunch as early as 2 and as late as 4 we work till we feel we have had enough usually thatís around 7 pm but sometimes its as late as 9 pm. I wont start a residential any later then 7 but commercial and industrial I have no problems starting at 8 pm. Which is why I cant see starting earlier I work long enough I personally would rather have the extra hour sleep.

BOTURF
01-13-2004, 10:36 PM
2 days a week we start commercials at 6 am to beat the traffic rush and other days we start res. work at 7 30 to 8 am . On the 6 am start days we start loading truck and cking fluids ect at 5 am. Usally finished and unloaded by 7 pm

oleo
01-13-2004, 10:42 PM
I get up to work construction at 5:30 am and usually get done at 3:30. I then go mow lawns until about 8:00 or 8:30 pm. Gets to be long days but I am still young and I really enjoy staying busy. Now in the winter I get to enjoy just going to college full time being brain washed!

proenterprises
01-13-2004, 10:45 PM
were usually out and going by 830 and done by 6

bobbygedd
01-13-2004, 10:47 PM
this is my first season commin up , being full time. i'll start the mower at 8 am sharp. no fast food for lunch,i'm bringin my own, i have my spot picked out already. a nice park near alot of my accounts where all the pretty mommies bring thier kids to play.

mowinmoney
01-13-2004, 10:58 PM
Goal is to be mowing at 6:30 when light is available. Commericial property's until noon 5 days a week then res. until dark. Saturday is all commercial.

alpine692003
01-13-2004, 11:01 PM
I forgot to mention, my partner leaves my place of work at around 2pm to go to his other job at a hotel as a bell captain.

So he helps me from 8am - 2pm then screws off to his other job. I told him no problem because we are relatively new and still going.. Once we get goping he will leave his job to do this!

lawnman_scott
01-13-2004, 11:03 PM
Start at 6 or 7 doing commercial, dont do any residential till 8, and work till we are done which is dark. 6 in the winter, and 8:30 in the summer.

BOTURF
01-13-2004, 11:09 PM
hey lawnman scott , headed your way in march for 2 weeks of spring break on st pete beach sun sand and babes lol

mtdman
01-14-2004, 04:51 AM
Originally posted by work_it
I work solo and don't take lunch breaks. Pack a cooler in the morning and eat while I'm driving from one job to the next. BTW-eating is more of a task than a pleasure, and all my breaks are taken while I'm staring through a windshield.

Same here, mostly.

I try to get on the road by 8am. Sometimes I have worked 8am to 8pm, or later.

:D

Equipguy
01-14-2004, 06:58 AM
Depending on the time of year we load between 6:30-7:00 and start working by 7:30.

David Haggerty
01-14-2004, 08:19 AM
We do service work until it dries up some.
It can get really humid here. Last year the dew wouldn't lift until 9-10:00. I'll usually wait until then and work 'till 7-8:00.
Dave

Tvov
01-14-2004, 08:59 AM
The guys show up at 8AM, and after we go over the machines we are usually mowing by 8:30AM. We don't work on residentials before 8AM, and mostly will not work past 5PM on residentials unless it is something unusual. I know everyone says it is to be polite about running machines, and that is an important reason, but I prefer to work on properties when the homeowner isn't home.

When we quit, usually around 4:00PM, we just park the equipment and go home. We used to spend 1/2hr+ doing maintenance at the end of the day, but finally one of my guys pointed out that every morning we re-check all the machines anyway to make sure we didn't forget anything, so why do it at all at the end of the day when we are all hot and tired and want to go home?

EastProLawn
01-14-2004, 11:41 AM
We usually start loading the equipment and accessories at about 7:30 am and hit a Dunkin Donuts about 8:00 am. After a quick coffee and light breakfast, we start our first cut at about 8:30, I like to ease into it and keep a good pace all day, we break for lunch whenever it fits in, about 1 or 2 pm and we take 20 to 30 min. and we break for drinks whenever the need arises.

rodfather
01-14-2004, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
this is my first season commin up , being full time. i'll start the mower at 8 am sharp. no fast food for lunch,i'm bringin my own, i have my spot picked out already. a nice park near alot of my accounts where all the pretty mommies bring thier kids to play.


Gonna check out the MILFs bobby?

Razorblade
01-14-2004, 12:23 PM
I will never stop for fast food. It really cut's productivity to the bone. It also cuts into my income-$5.00/day X 6 days/ week X 4(sometimes 5) weeks / month + travel time + fuel costs + wear and tear on vehicles.....WOW! I have no problem starting commercial properties by 7am and residential by 8am. Will start cutting even sooner if the dew allows it.

LawnPerfect
01-14-2004, 12:27 PM
As soon as the dew lifts. Usually between 8-9am. However if it allows I will start earlier. I always get my older customers first since they have been up since 2am.

I pack a lunch.

naturescape
01-14-2004, 02:03 PM
An lco was cutting a lawn near my house at 7:20 AM last summer -- 3 machines going at full throttle. I was very tempted to call the cops on 'em. I refuse to operate residentially before 8 or 9am. I believe anything before 8am is illegal (residential). The guys must have had a complaint, they never started before 8am again.

Green Gopher
01-14-2004, 02:13 PM
Eat lunch on the road making use of windshield time, but i'm solo and can get away with it for now.

mbricker
01-14-2004, 02:20 PM
Start time for me depends on how much dew. If possible and grass not too wet I will start first commercial at first light on a real full day. But with heavy dew I've seen too many 1 hr jobs turn into 1 3/4 because of wet grass clumping up. And I see plenty of my competition leave it that way because they gotta get out early so they can brag they got done by 2:30. Not me--I don't mind working later in the afternoon.

Residential (or comm. right by residences), I never start mower before 8:30, if forced to mow residential on Sat. will not start before 9:00. I don't like people cussing at me.

Lunch break is in the truck between jobs, and this is one of the reasons I now work by myself. Too many guys (and especially gals) thought windshield time could not count towards "real" break time.

greenback
01-14-2004, 02:29 PM
at my first house at 8am, saturdays 9am

DFW Area Landscaper
01-14-2004, 02:41 PM
Alarm goes off at 5:45...start the mower at 7:00am.

Later,
DFW Area Landscaper

Premium Services
01-18-2004, 07:07 PM
the gate drops a 8:00am and go till we're done

Yard Perfect
01-18-2004, 07:15 PM
I try to be mowing by 7:30, lunch is taken on the move. We try to be done by 4 ish. Fast food is discouraged unless I have an emotional need. (Which is too often)

bobbygedd
01-18-2004, 07:23 PM
what does "emotional" mean?

sildoc
01-18-2004, 07:28 PM
Originally posted by work_it
Start checking out the truck and all fluid levels around 7:15. Load the equipment and recheck them to make sure I didn't miss anything the evening before. On the road by 8:00 and start mowing by 8:30. I work solo and don't take lunch breaks. Pack a cooler in the morning and eat while I'm driving from one job to the next. BTW-eating is more of a task than a pleasure, and all my breaks are taken while I'm staring through a windshield.


That about sums it up for us solo guys. Pending weather I start around 8-9.

DieselDeere
01-25-2004, 06:38 PM
Around 9 AM usually, no earlier than 8:30 AM.

captaingreen
01-25-2004, 07:42 PM
We shouldn't be posting this stuff. Once everyone finds out we don't start work until 8:30 and quit around 4:00, make millions, and sit down on a mower all day, everyone will be mowing.

Ideal Lwns & Landscp
01-25-2004, 08:26 PM
The guys show up about 7:45 a.m. Equipment is in an enclosed trailer, so no loading time there.. Hit the local deli or store on way to first job to get bagel and drinks. Usually have the mowers started by 8:10 on residentials set up where the homeowners are already gone or are getting ready to leave for work..Eat lunch at local delis. My employees get paid for this time so they don't mind only spending about 20 minutes for lunch..Will stop for some drinks later if necesarry if they want something besides the water on the truck in the cooler which I get in the morning. We try to get done by 6 pm. weekdays unless there is bad weather, thats a whole different story.LOL!!!

Creative Lawn Care
01-25-2004, 08:31 PM
Start mowing usually around 8:30 and try to finish by 6. Of course once back home there is always blades to change. mowers to fill up and repairs. Somtimes seems the days never end they are just continuations of the day before. Also bring lunch everyday. Ever figured up how much money you spend in a year at $5.00 a day for lunch?????

outrunjason
01-25-2004, 08:58 PM
Most of you seem to mow late. I am at my first lawn at about 5 min till 7:00. Gives me 5 min to stretch, gas up the equipment, and unload. 7:00 mowers are on the ground.

Jason

juststarting023
01-26-2004, 12:01 AM
We start our commercial props at 8AM and residentials at 9AM.

impactlandscaping
01-26-2004, 04:57 AM
On lawn mowing days, we leave the shop at 7:30-7:45 and start the first account on the route at 8:00.On installation days, we leave around 6:30, stop and get breakfast and then head to the site. I buy lunch for my two guys at least 2-3 days a week, and I provide 2 68QT coolers in the truck and mowing trailer full of bottled water and Powerade for all of us to drink. It keeps them happy, and I write it all off anyways.


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Tvov
01-26-2004, 09:51 AM
Originally posted by naturescape
An lco was cutting a lawn near my house at 7:20 AM last summer -- 3 machines going at full throttle. I was very tempted to call the cops on 'em. I refuse to operate residentially before 8 or 9am. I believe anything before 8am is illegal (residential). The guys must have had a complaint, they never started before 8am again.

Local noise ordinances vary. I think in my area you can start power equipment as early as 6:30AM! But, most companies wait until at least 7:00AM. I know a lot of excavation companies start at 7:00AM on the dot.

nelbuts
01-26-2004, 01:36 PM
Some commercial properties I start around 5:45 a.m.

First residential around 7 a.m.

The reason we start early in Florida is two fold.

1. At 5:45 it is already 78 degrees with 85% humidity
By noon 90 degrees and 70%

2. Around 3 p.m. it is raining. Sometimes up to two inches in an hour and then it is back to work.

That is why we start early. Our county wide noise ordinance is from sunrise until 10 p.m. and is designed for the construction industry. Besides if I have to listen to the brakes squeal on a trash truck early in the morning what is a little lawn mower.:D

Tony Clifton
01-26-2004, 01:36 PM
Everybody starts at 7AM, it is probably about 7:15 by the time they get to first job site. A few days of the week are commercial, the other days are residentials. On the residentials, we make sure it is okay to start so early, we have found that most people are up long before we arrive at their homes. As far as lunches, it is probably split 50/50 with people bringing their lunch, and people eating at restaurants. The ones that eat at restaurants like to do so because it breaks the day up more, and is more of a break for them because they are getting out of the truck etc. We require a hour lunch, and that hour starts when they leave the job site. We ussually work until 6 ideally, but have been known to work much later. We also shoot for 4 days a week, Mon-Fri, this way we avoid overtime, and have Friday as a makeup day incase we get rained out one of the other days.

cush
02-01-2004, 12:14 AM
At the golf course I used to work at we would start at 4:45 am. Adjust our reels gas up coffee on hole 1 by 5:30. Sun came up around 6:45. Now 8:30 seams darn early. Amazing what 10 years will do to ya!

DanTheGrassman
02-01-2004, 01:55 AM
mowers are smokin at 8am, remember summers are hot so when the temps are approaching 100F we start at 7:30am the extra half hour let's us nail 2 extra places be the heat really gets us by mid -day.

Doster's L & L
02-02-2004, 04:38 PM
Usually start at about 8:00 and go till 8:00 or just when ever it gets dark. Which ever happens first.

Lawn Dog2001
02-02-2004, 05:08 PM
We start every morning at 8am. I never personally eat lunch during the day, just lots of water or gatoraide throughout the day.

quiet
02-02-2004, 10:59 PM
***mowers are smokin at 8am, remember summers are hot so when the temps are approaching 100F we start at 7:30am the extra half hour let's us nail 2 extra places be the heat really gets us by mid -day.***

Yeah, it gets hot up there in Toronto, eh! That Canadian mid-day sun must be brutal! Whew!

I still think it's rude to be mowing in a residential area before 8:00 am. I wait until 8:45.

Commercial - first light.