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Old 10-28-2001, 08:48 AM
dmk395 dmk395 is offline
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Number of accounts to keep 3 guys busy

How many residential accounts would keep three guys busy for an average of 40 hours per week. I am basing an average account in my area at 12,000 ft of lawn, yearly cleanups and mulch.
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Old 10-28-2001, 08:53 AM
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Forgot to add this one. Have 2 Exmark 48" mowers for the grass, 2 trucks and assorted other tools.
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Old 10-28-2001, 09:13 AM
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I dont belive a number will do you any good. The size of each one is more important. I know you said residential but residentials we handle range from 25.00 to 160.00 so to say a number is impossiable. I know another situation where a freind of mine has one account that keeps for guys busy, all year. So for them one account...it is such a open question. You need to know your own productivity levels.
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Old 10-28-2001, 09:15 AM
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Why 3?

We discussed this yesterday in a different post somewhere by accident, but I'll repeat a little bit of it.

Studies and polls have shown that a 2 man crew for lawn maintenance is more productive. Productivity on the 3rd man is not the same as when adding a 2nd man, know what I mean?

Maybe for the mulching beds, cleanups, etc, but I would say go with 2 men on the maintenance crew.
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Old 10-28-2001, 09:57 AM
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Guido I think you may be correct. Nonetheless sometimes I will need to run a 3 man crew due to certain logistics.
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Old 10-28-2001, 10:13 AM
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Hard to say.

12,000 sq ft ain't that much here. My average lawn is double that and my average time is around 25 minutes by myself. With one helper I can do them in 15-18 minutes.

You'll have 3 men so depending on how fast they are you should be able to knock these out in 10 minutes or so.

120 man hours a week.

Average lawns per hour should be at least 4 with travel time I would think, possibly 5 or 6 if they were really close.

The bottom end would be 480 yards!

I would back it down to 2 men and use a 3rd as a part timer.

Can you round up this many accounts?

If you could would you want to?
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Old 10-28-2001, 10:26 AM
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120 man hours a week.

Average lawns per hour should be at least 4 with travel time I would think, possibly 5 or 6 if they were really close.

The bottom end would be 480 yards!

?
How did you come up with that number?

At 4 an hour would be 32 a day
At 5 an hour would be 40 a day
At 6 an hour would be 48 a day

Bottom end I assume you mean the 4 an hour. So the 32 a day.

5 days a week. 32 * 5 = 160 a week

So....<b>160 weekly accounts</b> or <b>320 every two weeks accounts</b>

It would have to be 6 an hour (48 a day) every two week accounts for 480 accounts.
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Old 10-28-2001, 10:48 AM
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Gee Alan, you got me again!

I did 120 hrs @4 an hour. Should have divided that by 3 people huh?

Thanks for keeping me in line.
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Old 10-28-2001, 11:12 AM
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Gee Alan, you got me again!

I did 120 hrs @4 an hour. Should have divided that by 3 people huh?

Thanks for keeping me in line.
Again? I don't remember the first time, but your welcome.
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Old 10-28-2001, 11:16 AM
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I see your point Homer. However a few hundred lawns seems inconprehensible when you figure they are full service. How bout an adjustment for that. I was figuring about 80 accounts. 2 man mowing crew knocks out 20 per day, 4 days a week. 1 man crew works on landscape projects etc, 5 days. on fifth day mowing crew joins landscape crew. sat is for catchup, maintenance and paper work.
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