How are your crews put together?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Tim Wright, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,034

    This may me a dumb question.

    If you are running crew for mowing, landscaping, final grading, etc., how are they put together?

    Do you have them structured something like:

    1- Crew Chief
    2 - 1-3 or 4 labors
    or
    1 -Crew Chief
    2-equip operator
    3 labor

    or on mowing

    Tim
    rider
    push/trim

    I am trying to get a feel for what I am going to be looking at here in the future.

    Tim
     
  2. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 916

    I only run 2 man crews. One foreman and one laborer. I count on the laborer to run his own crew the next season, but most of the time, we go through several laborers per season.
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    For mowing, one foreman and two other employees.
     
  4. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,267

    Rod,

    Around here a decent LCO charges between 40 & 45per hr for labor what is the going rate in NJ? My guess is between 50&60
     
  5. jschu13

    jschu13 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    Two man crews are what you typically see in the KC metro area.
     
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    For me, every bit of 60 and more...part timers can get away with less I am sure.

    I have to get 60 and more since I have my general help at $17.50 an hour and foremen at $22.50 an hour. I also know that my billable hours per day will range from 5.75 - 6.25 (for maintenance) in any given 8 hour day (landscaping will be higher due to less windshield time). So, I know exactly how much each man must produce in revenue as well during those 8 total hours to help me run my company.
     

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