Question ????

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by torontoyoman, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good luck getting any useful information from some of these guys.

    My place is on about a half acre (about 22,000 square feet) and I mow, trim, edge and blow, by myself, with a homeowner 21" since the place is too rocky for a good mower and has too many trees for a bigger mower. It takes me about 1.5-2 hours.

    So, not including drive time and setup/teardown, I would expect that you could do 3 or 4 per hour. You're only talking about a handful of acres. I'd feel comfortable trying to get that done in two fairly easy days, if they are close together.

    Hell, if it takes you 20 minutes to drive to each, 10 minutes to unload, 10 minutes to load and 20 minutes to mow, trim, edge and blow, you can still get it done in three days and contrary to what others might say, it will be a fairly easy 3 days, since you will be resting 40 minutes for every 20 you work.
     
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
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    Useful information only exists to those who want to open their mind and learn.
    Buying a 21" mower and then asking how to cut 30 existing lawns is a bit like putting the cart before the horse.

    They didn't build an atom bomb first and then try to figure out how it worked.................



    By the way I enjoyed the "2 easy days" comment........................That would be 45,000 (1 ACRE)square feet of turf each day with a 21" mower, plus drive time, blowing, trimming, etc. etc.
    Hardly what I consider an easy day.
    By the way, if "your place is on half an acre" that means it is only aprox. half that much turf.
     
  3. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd bet that there is more turf around a single house on 1/2 acre than there is around 7 houses on 1/2 acre. I get mine done in 2 hours and it ain't that hard, even in August. I'm guessing I could do it once or twice more in the same day without really hurting.

    11 hours a day, 6 days a week on a tobacco farm is hard. 5 or 6 hours with a mower and a few hours of driving isn't.

    He asked how long it would take, not how stupid you thought he was...
     
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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  5. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
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    He also asked if there was anything else he needed to buy or do. Did you answer that either? I am trying to open my mind, but I just don't see anything useful in your response.

    I guess I'm just not ready to learn.
     
  6. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
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    And neither is there anything useful in your rersponse, because you have no idea of what you speak.
    It gets a little old listening to the rediculous questions being asked about 21" mowers and lots and lots of customers as if that's all it takes...................He'll be cussing that 21" mower after the first week, but then I'm certainly not as knowledgeable as perhaps maybe you would be, EH?

    Enough of this childish nonsense...............
     
  8. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
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    There are plenty of people on this site using 21" mowers for lots like he is planning to do. 30 of them isn't exactly "lots and lots" at that size. You guys outfit yourselves to handle acres per hour, but a guy with a 21" can't get an acre done in a day? Please. We had more than an acre when I was a kid and I had to mow it with a 21" push. I didn't have to edge and trim, but I had plenty of time to go play football when I was done.

    Why don't you just tell him what equipment he needs, how many people and how much time? We're all waiting to learn from you.
     
  9. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
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    Even at MM's projected efficiency of 20%, he's looking at 15 hours plus drive time.
     
  10. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 649

    to the original post.

    Sounds to me you may be OK unless you edge hard surfaces in your area. Then you'll need an edger. I'm assuming you have a truck you'll be using?

    Hey, '52, what size mowers do you suggest on this guys 3000' lawns? I agree it's a lot of mowing, but I suspect those small lawns have obstacles, and if so a 21 may be the ticket, even if he could or wanted to buy a larger mower, such as the often recommended 36 belt :)
     

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