Size of LCO??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ACutAbovesiny, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm setting some goals for next year and one of them is to run a second crew. I dont expect to start the year like that but hope that I will need to during the year.

    My question is how many crews is too much?? I would personally like to have no more than 3. I also do other work like pavers, new design, plowing, etc. So are some of your opinions?
  2. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
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    No opinions??
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    when there is no fun involved in it anymore
  4. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
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    i think it depends on how its set up. what each crew is assigned to.

    i would love, a lawn crew and landscape crew. the landscape crew could be responsible for also trimming, etc, anything that would slow the lawn crew down.
    i'm sure it will be a nice problem to have when i get to it.

    on the island, with all the traffic, i wouldn't want 3 crews worth of trucks (fuel) and guys pay sitting in traffic.... unless the money was coming in to warrant it.
  5. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
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    adam, you do the trimming and let your helper run the mowers, dont you? how do you like it? thats the way i started doing it. it seems that all the houses have minimal trimming and i'm done alot sooner. thanks
  6. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
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    been like that for years (8 to be exact). just this monday i hired a sceond guy, full time, which is a big deal for me. same deal, i trim, 2 mowers going.... or if this house is small, i just do the blowing:) .... or even smaller, rest my head on the steering wheel and listen for the door to open letting me know they're done.:)
    strange sometimes though, some house have the same time amount of mowing vs. trimming. either that or my guy is eating his wheaties... but for the most part, i always finish first, and grab a blower.

    but i noticed this week, the best part of an additional guy, 3 blowers going with the leaves! what an unreal differnce in time, effort, and morale:weightlifter:
  7. mythntr

    mythntr LawnSite Member
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    I run 2 three man mowing crews, plus a shrub and cleanup crew and sprinkler repair guys. Im also a contractor so I do fences, decks etc. Probably will have to add another crew this next summer and that is the point when I will do nothing but run around a get things for the crews,do bids, and go play with mommma. I will have to hire a guy specificaly to take care of those 3 crews. Too much can happen in the day to day operations.
  8. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thats my answer too!
  9. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I imagine thats it
  10. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One super crew (3) guys trained well, streamlined with no fat and a tight route. In todays competitive pricing it's the only way to go. In my area not just IMO, a reality! Multiple crews are sloppy, get lazy and become unmanageable. You'll make great money and have a life.

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