production goals

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Old Stone Lawn Care, Jan 5, 2001.

  1. Old Stone Lawn Care

    Old Stone Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Posts: 3

    Hey guy's I new to this forum..Just found it today.Here's my ? What would you expect a crew to do in one day of mowing for $$
    You can break it down these ways
    1. 1 man crew doing res.
    2. 2 man crew doing res.
    3 3. man crew doing res.
    4 3 man crew doing com.

    In the past few years i have found that the most profitalbe mowing for res was 2 men and commerical was 3 man crews what do you all think?
     
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    I think there are several important factors that you must compare so its not apples to oranges but oranges to oranges.

    mentality of employee -- training -- skills -- education -- age -- weight

    I do not feel that sex is an issue because there are several high end operations run by women in our area.
     
  3. Old Stone Lawn Care

    Old Stone Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Posts: 3

    I am talking about your spefic company
     
  4. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    I have found out that 3 men res. is most profitable (It's alot more efficient)
     
  5. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    From the company we use only 2 men operations for residential and 3 for commercial.

    The only times we beef up labor on our Grounds Crew is in the early spring when renovations have to be done the same time mowing operations have commenced.

    Then again in the fall for leaf removal.
    We have rarely used more than three men per crew at either time though.

    Sorry about the confusion
    kris
     
  6. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    I estimate each residential 2 man crew should gross $1300 for every 8 hrs. of mowing production (+) trimming/edging operations.

    Hope this helps.
    kris
     
  7. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    kutnkru...so you are saying that your 2 man crew is doing about 5.5 residential lawns at $30 each every hour...so approxiamtely 43 to 44 yards a day...is my math right?
     
  8. Boy Kris that's big numbers for working out of Elmira or Johnson City.

    Are all your customers clueless geeks who work for IBM or Singer Link that have money to burn?
     
  9. tazman

    tazman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    I think a 2 man crew for Res. should produce $500-$700/day depending on the size of the properties. For commercial with 3 man crew $700-$1200/day. My formula is I want to gross $800-$1000 a day to meet my monthy and year end sales goal. Once those goals are achieved, then a new $ amount is calculated to get to the next $ goal. Somebody on this web site once said a 3 man crew should generate $20k a month in business. I believe that is true because my guys are close in doing that. This boils all down to what do you want your business to do and how hard do you want to work to achieve it. I have seen a lot of lazy landscape crews that I wouldn't hire because they would hinder me in reaching my $ goals.
     
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    The amount of money earned differs from company to company and area to area. There really are too many variables to consider in order to answer your question with any degree of accuracy. These variables include distance between jobs, equiptment, is the company in question concerned with quantity or quality?, type of turf, growing characteristics, weather etc..
     

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