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managerial analysis of mowing crews

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by BradLewisLawnCare, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    some have to worry about working 360 degrees from central home base. say you do a 35 mile circle from home base. you go out 10 miles and work in a clockwise or counter clockwise circle and then 10 miles back in. or something like that. if your round trip is 35 miles in one truck, you have to think in this case the round trip for 2 trucks should come closer to 35 than 70 if managed right. in 15 mpg you spend 2-3 gallons on that route. which is $7-$12 around here. If you are driving 35 miles you have to assume at least 30mpg or worse between jobs and getting there. so your second guy sits for 70 minutes doing nothing all day. That is almost equivalent to your total gas expenditure for the day.

    remember, i have not established this to be true. that is why i am asking everyones opinions. I am taking my logic and applying it. it is being tested to the max right now. we are compiling data and going to test it.
     
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    26 week =5K for a truck then I can buy that.
    52 week =10K truck
    104 Weeks =20K truck
    ......
     
  3. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    ok beer run.. whats the most efficient way to get 1 mile to the store? get in my truck and drive there.
     
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Windshield time is a killer.

    If I have 4 guys sitting for 70 mins it is even worse.

    Still not buying that it is better to make 4 trips to do what 4 guys can do in a day.
     
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Poor management, should have stopped when out already.
     
  6. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    First time leaving my house sorry. No way around that one
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  7. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    That is one way to maximize profit. Keep expenses low :laugh:
     
  8. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    a little R & D at my house. had my masonry crew pouring sidewalks to get ready for my 4th of july party. just the hot tub slab and the radius patio and I'm done. Guys were out mowing. No one said I had to be with them :).
     
  9. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961



    Send them over here. I have beer ready :laugh:
     
  10. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    I got to try out the one man crew today. Not that I wanted to but one of our guys was out sick. So the kid that usually works with me went with my father and I worked solo. The two crews usually start at opposite ends of the service area and work towards each other where the larger properties are, where we all work together. I completed my part of the route only 1.25 hours behind where I normally end with another guy. So hypothetically if the fourth man was working we could have gained 2.5 hours working solo. I didn't factor in the large properties because no time would be gained or lost. Assuming the second crew did the same they would also gain 2.5 hours. Netting a gain of 5 man hours on that day. The other side is the operating cost of sending four guys with their own truck, trailer and mower 1 hour away from the shop to the serice area. So after adding some rough numbers on cost to purchase, register, insure, maintain and the two added trucks I came out with a gain of...... -$35.00. I will conceed that one man crews are more effecient for small/medium properties but in my case 1 man crews just are not a smart business move, but hey you were right about one man crews being effecient..... :drinkup:
     

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