View Full Version : A very inefficient 3 man crew

The C Man
05-04-2004, 03:38 PM
This is the house across the street from me. It's on a corner so the lawn is mostly just the front and side. Anyway, a 3 man crew in a big truck pulls up with at least an 18' enclosed trailer and mowed it last week and it seemed like it took them too long, so this week I timed them - 18 minutes!!! That'd be fine for a solo operation but this was 3 guys. While one guy unloaded the mowers the other two stood around and watched. They had a big Grasshopper, a midsized Exmark which they didn't use but unloaded, and maybe a 36" or 48" WB with a sulky. They trim, but barely, and they don't edge. The guy with the trimmer walks around in slow motion while the other 2 are mowing and then sits down and waits for them to finish instead of grabbing the blower. It was just a horribly inefficient operation to watch.

The C Man
05-04-2004, 03:42 PM
This is the tiny back yard...

05-04-2004, 07:54 PM
I hardly ever run a three man crew because I fell that they are inefficient. But maybe this lawn happens to be close by some larger accounts that this company feels they need a three man crew on.

05-04-2004, 09:25 PM
My boss and a lot of the other companies in my area all run at least 3 man crews for their lawn maint. crews. My bosses guys fly, they get lawns done real quick. So why don't you walk across the street and offer your services?


05-04-2004, 09:51 PM
I run a 3 man crew... ME being the 3rd!! :D
When I'm tied up with other work, it becomes a 2 man crew.

Hey Jeff, How's the season going?


05-04-2004, 11:12 PM
A 3-man crew is the most efficient crew but only if used correctly. You definitely need someone on the crew to take charge and make these guys move.

05-05-2004, 09:34 AM
If I were you, I would think of a way to make small talk("Meet that neighbor")also make sure they know you do lawn care, and when you least expect it , they will call you.
The lawn will be yours!

05-10-2004, 03:28 AM
I am new to this industry but I think a 2 man crew can be better depending on drive time to the next account. Also the size of the account matters also.

05-19-2004, 07:38 AM
three man crew is good. But i think two should start trimming and edge when one is done start using the blower and the 3rd guy should be mowing on a yard like that they should be done in 8 mins seen it done many times

05-22-2004, 08:20 AM
I saw something simmilar the other day. I pulled up to one of my lawns and they where already cutting thiers, two gravely walk behinds and a man trimming they where just sluging around aimlessly, anyway, I finnished before them on a scamper w/ a velke, double cut and all. I would never hire a three man slack ass crew like that

05-23-2004, 07:58 PM
I could do that lawn alone in 18 minutes (probably less) 54" w/b

05-29-2004, 09:20 PM
2 man crews.we run 2mc seems 2work .cut 105 yards weekly