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productivity question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newbomb, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    I plan to market to residential lawns of 1 to 1.5 acres this season. How many lawns per day should I expect to handle with a ztr, a 48" walk behind and another motivated person to help? I am also planning to work a tight route. What quantity of production would be reasonable to expect? Also I plan to cut flat properties and ones with average amounts of landscaping. Basically one acre mansions. Any opinions would help.
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    What size of ZTR. W/ a 61" you should be able to get an acre an hour w/ trimming. I would give myself 2 hours to be safe. You'll probably want to make sure that if you're using 2 mowers that they are the same width. I have had customers frown on using different widths. They were okay w/ it when I told them the other mower was being serviced.
  3. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    It doesn't take long to mow a 1-2 acre lot but it does take a very long time to trim around a good size house especially if there are lots of trees in the yard and other stuff you have to trim around and then blow everything off. I would say if your motivated and work hard you should be able to handle 4-5 depending on amount of work required at each location and drive time.
  4. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    I say that you shoudl be able to get abotu 6-8. Now, there are alot of variables to consider with this and the two big ones are:
    1. How quickly you can work and still do a GREAT Job...
    2. How much detail work (Trimming, edging, etc.) there is to be done.

    If you can minimize the detail, or speed up the work while keeping quality, then with help, I do not see where 6-8 is unreasonable, provided you are talking about an 8-10 hour work day.
  5. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    Thank you all. I have been cutting smaller properties for years and now want to start using a rider more. I figured 6, 1 acre properties per day would be something I could do consistently, so I am not far off.
  6. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,933

    i HAVE A 7/8 ACRE FLAT PROPERTY I cut with a 48" w/b & velky & trim in 1hr . easy. My son and I cut it with a 36" & 48" & trim in 40 min. he uses the 48 in 5th gear while I trim for 10 min then I jump on the 36 w/ velky. I would get a lazer if I had more of these type accounts. The equip. & personnel you mentioned I would say 2 per hour right next to each other .
  7. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    2 guys with the right equipment can bang off alot of work In a 10 hr day.
    You may be able to do close to 12...you will soon see once you get going on It.
  8. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,000

    Yea, A Turf Tiger will make short work of these props. Cutting flat 1 acre props that are fairly open with a little trimming and a blow... I would think its easy for you to do 12. figure 45 min. a prop. plus a lunch break.
  9. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    10 a day with a GOOD Trimmer guy. I would only do it 4 days a week if it's just the two of you, b/c if it rains 2 days in a row, high end lawns can't go 14 days without being cut. It's just not acceptable.
  10. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    Thank you guys. I have had the 61 turf tiger one year (used though). I have not really had the opportunity to work it to its true capacity. I know there fast and I was hoping for 8 to 9 lawns per day assuming I can get some side by side or close together. I am really used to town houses I can bang 4 or so per hour on the same block. I have to quit walking so much though.


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