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Old 12-23-2011, 12:25 PM
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We actually mix our own fuel...like knowing how/when it is done and the tank is locked and only mechanic and I have a key to it. Trucks tend to stay around here for a while. We have a '96 and '97 ford (F250-F350 dually), '98 Chevrolet pipe truck, 2000 Chevy 1500 and "Old Blue" our first truck '86 Ford Dump truck that are still around, they run, but don't go out. We just spent $7500 on truck 11 so I can promise it will be staying around for a while.

If and when we do sell trucks, we might throw them on here and see what happens.
How had the old 86' Ford dump treated yall, ish it a gasser or diesel? You said they run but don't go out, I assume they are now yard trucks or back ups?
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:37 PM
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How had the old 86' Ford dump treated yall, ish it a gasser or diesel? You said they run but don't go out, I assume they are now yard trucks or back ups?
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Old blue was great...worked hard, but was replaced by the 650 and Sterling. Yes, they stay in the yard...every now and then they will get driven to the parts store or down to a project that is in the same business park as ours. But for the most part they are "yard art"
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:30 AM
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I have a question. Do you use the single cab cabover trucks for residential. And the quadcab cabovers for commercial?
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:49 AM
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Sure do, although one single cab does go to a large commercial property. It is basically used to move mowers around. The crew works that property 5 days/50hrs a week. The rest of the crew for that site uses an F250 or the Kawasaki Mule.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:54 AM
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So are all the employees assigned to a truck or do they switch off?
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:34 PM
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Not quite sure if you mean on this particular property or all of them.

On our residential routes, the employees never swap, we do this because they know their properties and what the homeowner wants/expects. If we threw new guys out there we are only asking for problems. We will only move guys around if a driver or several laborers are out sick.

The commercial crews are the exact same, with the exception of the large property crew...they will pile in which ever of the (3) trucks/mule has room. They are only going 1/4mi down the road. The drivers of the vehicles are always responsible for their truck and equipment.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:37 PM
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Great thread! Paying attention to this one, Could learn a lot
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:22 PM
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How many guys do you have on your residential crews? And when you say residential are you talking about single family homes or HOA communities? Do you guys take care of any apartments?
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:28 PM
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Residential- individual homes. 3 guys per residential crew. Our HOA properties are done by our commercial crews.

Apartments are tricky, the property managers tend to not particularly care what the grounds look like as long as tenants are happy. Currently we don't take care of any. We have in the past, but lost them on a price basis. We have an opportunity right now to bid 8 large properties (300+ units each) we'll see how it goes...
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:22 PM
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Wow when you bid large properties of that size do you charge based on sq ft or by the amount of time on site/ man hrs? On your 3 man residential crew, how many properties do they avg in an 8hr day? I would imagine the driver/supervisor running a ztr/wb, number 2 man weedeating, number 3 man spraying beds and clean-up. Sorry for all the questions ha ha ha ha. I appreciate you
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