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Old 08-26-2005, 05:22 PM
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Question for Solo LCO's...

Simple many clients do you typically service in one day? I'm just trying to figure out when I go full-time (hopefully in 3 years) how many clients I should be able to service in a 6 day work week? Thanks!

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Old 08-26-2005, 05:29 PM
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depends on the size of the lawn.I can normally do ten lawns but they are a variety of sizes... some take an hour and a half with a 48 ztr. some take 20 mins.
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Old 08-26-2005, 08:02 PM
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Usually i can handle between 6-8,without killing myself.that is with a 60"ztr and a 48" w/b.solo of course.
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Old 08-26-2005, 09:04 PM
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What they said above is very true and I have a few things to add:
- Depends on time of year. In spring, 10/day is easy, in summer it is not possible and in fall it is difficult (due to shortening days), not to mention the demand swings WAY DOWN in summer and picks up noticeably in fall but the busiest season by far is spring.
Furthermore, any machine of mine is ONLY gone over in its entirety in early March, thus as the year moves along, my machines (the wb's anyway) get a little slower as they wear down. Unfortunately I don't have the time to do FULL-blown nitty-gritty go-over-every-nut-and-bolt maintenance throughout the year so that suffers. Of course they get greased but bearings and belts? SHeeee !
- Depends on equipment AND experience. In my first year, 5-6 / day was average during spring and 8 was all I could do with what I had and what I knew. Today, the figures have improved considerably but I'm in my 4th year and one builds stamina (endurance) over time as well.
- Depends on your customer base, specifically the SIZE of it. In my first year, even if I had WANTED to cut 10/day it hardly made sense with 20-some grass customers... Today I have 50-55 grass customers thou I hear say some new guys are able to start out with that many, but I was not able to do it.
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Old 08-26-2005, 09:49 PM
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It depends how big they are and how close together they are. I have 18 homes that are all within a one mile radius and I can cut them in about 6.5 hours in the summer. In the spring when they need to be double cut they take longer. This is with s 60ztr and includes the basic mowing, trimming and blowing off. Driveways and sidewalks get edged with the trimmer
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Old 08-26-2005, 10:16 PM
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I do dang good to get 5 or 6 done but mine are scattered over 3 different counties. I have as of late picked of some new ones that are on the same street, saves gas and time BIG time.
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Old 08-26-2005, 10:46 PM
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Like others have stated depends on size of lawn, travel time, etc. Most of my lawns are all in the same town. The best I've done solo has been fourteen, but these were all residential of varied sizes. The worst I've done is two, but these were some larger commercial props.
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Old 08-26-2005, 11:19 PM
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Once again I will say as the others have already. Route density and having the best equipment setup for your situation will determine how much you can do. I do all my cutting in 3 days. Day 1 - 14 stops. Day 2 14 stops. Day 3 - 11 stops. Most of these days are about 8 - 9 hours long. Accounts range from 3k to 2.5 acres.
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Old 08-27-2005, 01:08 AM
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Equipment, Size, How close they are, Heat, Rain, Spring, Summer and many other variables.
Day one- 26 Lawns 8.3 hrs average
Day two- 6 Lawns 7.2 hrs average
Day three- 21 Lawns 7 hrs average
Day four- pick up loose jobs in spring or rain day or schedule odd job or shrubs
Day five- Odd job, extra jobs, bidding, day off, maintenance.
Day 1 and 3 My larges lawn is 5000 sq ft and trim edge mow blow catch what weeds there are and maybe lay fert.
Day 2 smallest is a little over an acre and the largest is 5.6 of turf.
This is solo although In the spring with cleanups and such I usually hire a part time guy to keep me caught up with the mowing side.
Times are averaged most part from feb to July.
Spring sucks being solo and trying to keep up. Growth of 10 inches are not that uncommon and most grow about 5 a week. Just plan ahead and you will get a good schedule and rhythm.
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Old 08-27-2005, 08:52 AM
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Just depends on how much you want to work in this heatthat we are having I cut it offa t noon or a little after so that puts me a doing 1 large job or 2 small jobs
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