In reading many threads and postings regarding fall season pricing I would like to share our 2013 experience. I consider leaf season to be the last 6 weeks before we shut down for the winter. We visit most properties twice during the season, a few just once and only two are weekly. We had 87 unique customers and all of the properties get quite a few leaves so we blow exclusively- no mower vacs. Almost all live where there is municipal curbside pickup or have a place to put the leaves on site. It is myself and 2 long-time employees. We use a Hurricane X3 main blower, two bp blowers and a proprietary leaf pusher. We haul a tarp less than 20 times all season (3 props that have a bridge and narrow gate). Our labor rate is $45 per man hour plus I charge for the leaf pusher and the X3 since I should benefit from the improved production that this equipment provides. The three of us generated $21,800 in sales from 370 production hours which = $59 per man hour. (We also offer a vacuum service but, I have separated that out for comparison purpses.) So our leaf pusher and X3 earn us about $14 extra per man hour. The median price per customer is $226 per season. The median man-hours per customer is 3.5 (note: the numbers don't add up due to the way the median is calculated). Now when I go to give a prospect an estimate for a one-time job I refer to the following: The median first time/ major cleanup (excluding vac removal) is $155 and a median of 2.46 man hours. I believe that it is very important for all professionals to mechanize and improve efficiency. Everyone seems to understand this when it comes to mowing but, I continue to be surprised at the primitive leaf procedure of most companies. The most efficient crew size is one. Each additional worker reduces efficiency. That fact is combined with safety and comfort as well as vehicle, equipment and routing considerations. I like 2 or 3 (perhaps more on large sites but, not all together). If you are pulling a tarp then you are in the dark ages and if you are pushing a 9 or 13 hp blower all day then you are in the middle ages. We have used a pusher since 1989 and we purchased the X3 this year and let me tell you that these two pieces of equipment will revolutionize your operation. I know the Hurricane is expensive and the payback period is much longer than for a mower but, once you've used one there is no going back. We should all be making good money at this time of year (within the confines of the market) and there is no need to give yourself away so start planning for next leaf season.