Ideal Landscaping

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by idealscape, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
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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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  2. idealscape

    idealscape LawnSite Member
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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"
     
  3. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a question. Do you use the single cab cabover trucks for residential. And the quadcab cabovers for commercial?
     
  4. idealscape

    idealscape LawnSite Member
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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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  5. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
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    So are all the employees assigned to a truck or do they switch off?
     
  6. idealscape

    idealscape LawnSite Member
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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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  7. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Great thread! Paying attention to this one, Could learn a lot
     
  8. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
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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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  9. idealscape

    idealscape LawnSite Member
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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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  10. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
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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
    taking the time to answer.
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