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Old 08-01-2013, 05:41 PM
ShorterGrass ShorterGrass is offline
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Speeding things up

Not considering equipment, what tricks have you guys picked up that help you get a job done as quickly as possible?
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:51 PM
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Being in good shape & eating healthy drastically improves your abilities & speeds at work.

I have 2 employees 22 & 26 who had 0 experience. Who now (after 2-3 mos) run laps around a 38 & 42 year old who have several years experience. The two younger guys eat healthier and exercise outside of the job. The older guys hit up fast food twice a day and drink beers all night. It really shows.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:03 PM
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Being in good shape is a good one from above. Lots of water even when not working to stay hydrated. Mow 1st then weedeat (if one man show) that way if a tree does not need weed eating you will know already without walking to it.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:06 PM
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Always check to see if trimmer has enough gas so there's no walking back to truck to refill. Only one yard I do requires more than a full tank on a trimmer. Check trimmer line also
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:07 PM
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-don't mow completely around trees and other obstacles. just mow on one side of it and then get the other side on the other pass. when trimming, it doesn't take any less time to get the extra grass, compared to going completely around it with the ztr.

-buy a couple extra trimmer heads for each trimmer and keep them spooled up. saves a lot of time when your out in the field, youll be glad you did.

-buy one of those long handled debris grappler things and have a 5 gallon bucket bungee strapped to the top of the mower deck, if its possible. saves a lot of time and energy rather than walking around with a trash can bending over and picking it up by hand.

-if there is an excess of children/pet toys strung out in the yard everytime you come, don't be afraid to kindly ask the customer to please keep it picked up if they know you are coming.

-buy good equipment. don't fiddle fart around with half ass $hit. itll end up costing you more money in time trying to get it to work. get commercial stuff.

-always make sure everything is filled up with fuel. that ones a given I think.

-time yourself on each lawn. keep records of how long it took, so that the next time you go back to that property, you may can find a way to shave off a couple of minutes. 2 minutes counts up, and keeping timed records will make you want to push yourself. if you have 20 lawns and you shave off 2 minutes on each one, that's 40 minutes. that's enough time to squeeze in a couple extra lawns. and maybe you can shave off a couple more the next week, and so on and so forth.

that's all I can think of right now, hope this helps!
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:09 PM
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-buy one of those long handled debris grappler things and have a 5 gallon bucket bungee strapped to the top of the mower deck, if its possible. saves a lot of time and energy rather than walking around with a trash can bending over and picking it up by hand.
Dude thats brilliant. Thats happening as soon as I get off work!
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:46 PM
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Don't be reading LawnSite when you should be working...........
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:32 PM
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Don't be reading LawnSite when you should be working...........
Ill definitely take that into consideration....
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:53 PM
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Just mow ever other pass, and tell the owner it's the new up coming fad.
Kinda like strips, but in 3-D
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:40 PM
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GPS

And practice, lots and lots of practice.
Just takes time.

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Just mow ever other pass, and tell the owner it's the new up coming fad.
Kinda like strips, but in 3-D
Better still blow everything down first, then mow and trim.
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