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Old 10-04-2007, 01:45 AM
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How many hours u guys workin' a day?

I am curious to know what some of u dudes put in on avg. I put in usually around 20-25 hr/s week ( as that's all the customer's I have). So I go anywhere from 3-6 hr days usually. I've heard some of u guys mention working 10-12 hr days for 5 days a week or more. I want to know how do your hands, ears, and all that, hold up to all the vibrations for the period of time u put in each week? I'm doing well now, that thing I though that was corpal tunnel or whatever is gone. Maybe cause I got these $25 cushioned gloves and an Echo Trimmer vs a toybuilt. But is there any secrets to making it through 40, 50, 60 hr weeks or more and still feelin' good?
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:14 AM
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I'm doing about what you're doing because of the drought

During busy times anymore I just raise my prices, I much prefer spending a little more time in each customer's yard doing a good job than all that running around, and between higher prices and serious cherry picking I almost never have that problem anymore.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:48 AM
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I am curious to know what some of u dudes put in on avg. I put in usually around 20-25 hr/s week ( as that's all the customer's I have). So I go anywhere from 3-6 hr days usually. I've heard some of u guys mention working 10-12 hr days for 5 days a week or more. I want to know how do your hands, ears, and all that, hold up to all the vibrations for the period of time u put in each week? I'm doing well now, that thing I though that was corpal tunnel or whatever is gone. Maybe cause I got these $25 cushioned gloves and an Echo Trimmer vs a toybuilt. But is there any secrets to making it through 40, 50, 60 hr weeks or more and still feelin' good?
Well, it kinda depends. During the heavy growth season, when the days were longer, I wouldn't get in until 10 o'clock some nights, but now since its starting to get dark around 7, the work days are much shorter. I just stretch it out and what I can't get to one day, I push it up to the next. So far the customers haven't had a problem with it. Keeps me going each day though, only about 2 solid more weeks of growth left. As far as how to do it, my hands dont hurt, I wear ear protection, and I feel great. Just stay in shape and you should be fine. I play a lot of golf, stay in shape, and eat well. I usually don't get exhausted. The Echo trimmer can prob contribute to less vibration though.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:12 AM
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Hmm, I've been working about 20 hrs. a week this summer. Fridays I work from about 7:30 A.M. until about 5:00 P.M. That's about the most I do at one time, though. The drought has really slowed things down.
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:13 PM
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I've worked up to 90 hour weeks on a regular basis before, I'm down to a nice comfortable 60 now, but I've never had any problems with my ears, my hands get a little rough but the more work you do, the better they hold up. Once you get a layer of calusus on them your hands actually have a layer of protection. If you have problems with vibrations try wearing a pear of Mechanix MPact gloves. They have a nice gel layer designed to absorb the vibrations from pnumatic impact guns for guys changing tires on pit road. And one other thing...Eat enough food even if its hot and all you want to do is drink. Your body still needs a good meal in it..and of course STAY HYDRATED
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:54 PM
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I'm hittin oly about 20-25 a week now, the drought killed me here too. Just had my first customer say last mowing for the year too
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:01 PM
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i typically work 8 hour days, 6 days a week.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:08 PM
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8-9 hours a day, but only 4-day weeks. The drought has really put a damper on things. I'm glad I do hardscaping.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:12 PM
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During this drought we are doing as much as you (20) hrs or so. If we have installs or landscaping then it is a little longer. During the growth season we are around 50 to 60 a week. I have allready had the carpal tunnel surgery allready. That was 6 years ago. You should use hearing protection allways. Plus there is nothing like a $600.00 seat for those Zs. LOL.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:41 PM
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Guys come in at 745am, out the door by 8am and back in the barn by 430, and no later then 6pm. We have a 5 day work week, and try to keep the work days Monday thru Friday. The drought slowed us down a little, but all and all, we have manage to keep running at full load. We have everyone contracted thru the week of christmas, so I am not worried about people cancelling early.
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