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Assigning equipment maintenance?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mdb landscaping, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    Was wondering if anybody else here has tried this idea? we just implemented it the other day and its gonna be interesting to see how it works out. our company is growing at great lengths, and over time the larger we got, equipment maintenance was starting to take a back seat. really wasnt anybodies fault, but something had to be done. we came up with the idea of assigning each guy a few pieces of equipment they are in charge of. that includes oil changes, daily maintenance etc. some of the complicated machinery like bobcats, trucks, loaders etc were given to crew leaders/foreman while handheld, mowers etc were given to the H2B guys. anybody else tried something like this or a simliar program? last year we kind of gave each guy their own mower, and it seemed to work well. nobody likes using busted equipment, and when they are designated to use it, they made sure they all ran great, so we decided to try this throughout the company. got any input on ideas to try or comments on this? just curious what some of you larger companies are doing who dont have a full time mechanic? this will then be used for evaluation time when wage is considered on how well they maintain things as well. we are thinking of doing like a monthly gift to the guy with the best maintained equipment as well.
  2. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,433

    When I was in the ranks of an "employee" we used to do that. At the end of the day each crew leader was to make sure the mowers were greased, air filters tapped out, decks cleaned and blades sharpened for the mowers that were on our trucks. We then cleaned all the trucks out and went over our lists for the day. Every other Fri the oils were changed.

    It was a daily routine. Nobody seemed to mind as we drank beer and BSed while we were doing it. And it was an easy extra hour on the clock.

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