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Number of accounts to keep 3 guys busy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 992

    How many residential accounts would keep three guys busy for an average of 40 hours per week. I am basing an average account in my area at 12,000 ft of lawn, yearly cleanups and mulch.
  2. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 992

    Forgot to add this one. Have 2 Exmark 48" mowers for the grass, 2 trucks and assorted other tools.
  3. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 945

    I dont belive a number will do you any good. The size of each one is more important. I know you said residential but residentials we handle range from 25.00 to 160.00 so to say a number is impossiable. I know another situation where a freind of mine has one account that keeps for guys busy, all year. So for them one account...it is such a open question. You need to know your own productivity levels.
  4. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    We discussed this yesterday in a different post somewhere by accident, but I'll repeat a little bit of it.

    Studies and polls have shown that a 2 man crew for lawn maintenance is more productive. Productivity on the 3rd man is not the same as when adding a 2nd man, know what I mean?

    Maybe for the mulching beds, cleanups, etc, but I would say go with 2 men on the maintenance crew.
  5. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 992

    Guido I think you may be correct. Nonetheless sometimes I will need to run a 3 man crew due to certain logistics.
  6. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    Hard to say.

    12,000 sq ft ain't that much here. My average lawn is double that and my average time is around 25 minutes by myself. With one helper I can do them in 15-18 minutes.

    You'll have 3 men so depending on how fast they are you should be able to knock these out in 10 minutes or so.

    120 man hours a week.

    Average lawns per hour should be at least 4 with travel time I would think, possibly 5 or 6 if they were really close.

    The bottom end would be 480 yards!

    I would back it down to 2 men and use a 3rd as a part timer.

    Can you round up this many accounts?

    If you could would you want to?
  7. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    How did you come up with that number?

    At 4 an hour would be 32 a day
    At 5 an hour would be 40 a day
    At 6 an hour would be 48 a day

    Bottom end I assume you mean the 4 an hour. So the 32 a day.

    5 days a week. 32 * 5 = 160 a week

    So....<b>160 weekly accounts</b> or <b>320 every two weeks accounts</b>

    It would have to be 6 an hour (48 a day) every two week accounts for 480 accounts.
  8. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    Gee Alan, you got me again!

    I did 120 hrs @4 an hour. Should have divided that by 3 people huh?

    Thanks for keeping me in line.
  9. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    Again? I don't remember the first time, but your welcome.
  10. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 992

    I see your point Homer. However a few hundred lawns seems inconprehensible when you figure they are full service. How bout an adjustment for that. I was figuring about 80 accounts. 2 man mowing crew knocks out 20 per day, 4 days a week. 1 man crew works on landscape projects etc, 5 days. on fifth day mowing crew joins landscape crew. sat is for catchup, maintenance and paper work.

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