How far do you or have had to travel to mow?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by olebrooklawn, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. olebrooklawn

    olebrooklawn LawnSite Member
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    thinking bout biding on a big job 2 hours away.
     
  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    Our closest account is less than 5 minutes away. Our furthest accounts are about 1 hour away.
     
  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    2 hours away means nothing.

    Are you already mowing 40 hrs a week?

    Or are you only working 20 hrs a week?

    How much will the job sell for?

    How much will you net?

    How many hours do you think it will take?

    Without not knowing the answers no one can determine if it would be worth taking this job.

     
  4. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good thread, mine is about 30 minutes. I'd go up to 40-45 tho.

    To the OP, tell us about the job? Is it just a one timer, landscape reno?
     
  5. Five Points

    Five Points LawnSite Member
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    i have about seventy accounts furthest away is twenty min including getting coffee
     
  6. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have two days that I travel 45 miles one way.mow 13 accounts each day. two other days I go about 15 miles one way. Less accounts but much larger properties. Fifth day I probably don't even travel 10 miles total all day
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  7. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,225

    Whats the job is the question. My furthest is 66 miles from the base but it is 3 hrs of work with jobs on the way.

    Is your equipment reliable (newer the better), do you carry tools, parts in the truck? Can you fix most issues in the field when they happen? Do you have spare equipment on the trailer? If you only have one trimmer, one blower, and one mower breaks down could kill any profit. If you carry a extra of each then start crunching numbers.

    Can you pick up work on the way or on the way back?

    What the job is will help answer all this.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
  8. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 364

    15 min. is as far as I go.
    2 hours?
    Would that be 4 hours round trip?
    How is that going to work for you?
     
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I use to go 30 miles for 10 hrs with a 3 man crew did that for 2 years
    I'll go any where as long its pays well
     
  10. johnyredd99

    johnyredd99 LawnSite Member
    from gap,pa
    Posts: 163

    32.7 miles about 45min one way. break down the other day making it a 132 mile day
     

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