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Old 12-17-2013, 02:41 AM
35DollarLawns 35DollarLawns is offline
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Keep us posted on how it works out. What will happen is non mowing guy will dick around trying to look busy half or more of the season while he could be cutting. Not all the time as there is stuff to do, I get that. You end up with really a 1.5 man crew. Maybe that is ok since you don't have to put another mower on a trailer that you don't want to get. I lived the one man crew out of a back of a truck. It is just not efficient. I also lived the two man/ two mower crew doing full service including bed maintenance weekly. Other mower and trailer was vital to being very efficient which meant probably 3-4 more properties a day.

To add another crew on the cheap and easy of course it will work. Depends on your goals to determine how well it works in the end.
And now that's a question I ask you to answer. How many jobs was you doing before you added 3-4 more?
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:54 AM
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I don't have exact data as I never worked a two man crew out of a truck bed with one mower. I upgraded long before even maxing myself out of the bed.

But, I did come up with something. The set up you are talking about I think we would do about 11 a day. With the set up of two mowers and trailer we can do about 15 and it would be easier. That is for us. We bag fronts, go through beds and other stuff.

If you take 4 more properties a day at $45 per that is $180 per day at just four days a week that is $720 a week. Assuming a 26 week season that is $18,720 more in revenue.

As well as more revenue if you get behind and have two mowers you can take a couple days and focus on just mowing to get caught up on that route. Skip a few minor things that week, do them the following week. With one mower out of a truck bed you can't do that.

Lastly weeds in beds shouldn't be much as you go. Pre in the Spring and Round Up a few as you go. There are several weeks in the year where we do not find any weeds in the beds.
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:23 AM
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Thank you for those details, good points.
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