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Split Shifts

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wells, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    Anyone ever tried running a split crew shift? What I mean by that is you have one crew that does all residential homes during the daytime hours, say 7am-4pm and then a second part-time crew that works on the commercial properties from 5pm-9pm.

    The advantage to this setup would be that you could save on the cost of additional equipment and trucks. The disadvantages would be the equipment is going to wear out sooner and if something goes wrong with either the equipment or truck you could have two crews on downtime.

    I was thinking that down the road I might consider trying it but wanted to pick the brains of those that have forged the path before me.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,138

    Hom many accounts per week are you cutting.
  3. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 777

    Sounds like a plan to me, but for that matter, instead of working 2 crews each day, how about running 2 crews on an "on 3 off 4, on 4 of 3 schedual" Basically the same thing.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    The only advantage I see Brett is mowing the commerical props when they are closed at those hours. The other thing too is you might have some trouble finding people just to work 3 or 4 hours a day at that time as well...unless it's some that has a full time job and either needs some extra money and/or likes the exercise.
  5. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 946

    A buddy of mine was talking about something similar last year. He never got it to work though.
  6. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    Not sure how that makes any difference. The concept would work the same for a large or small company. The only difference would be instead of having two crews sharing a truck and equipment you have 10 crews sharing trucks and equipment.

    This year I plan on adding my first crew and depending on how things progress my second crew may just be part-time workers servicing commercial properties in the evenings and sharing the truck and equipment with the first crew. If the concept ends up working out I may just continue adding split shifts as business grows.
  7. dsmrolla06

    dsmrolla06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 305

    What about a 7-2 and a 2-9 crew? 7 hour shifts arent too bad, wouldnt you only have to give only a half hour break then? I like the idea tho, it would alow you to have more accounts that way, as well as not having crew members getting worn out because of the shorter work day.
  8. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 946

    Yeah it does sound like a great concept i theory. The reason that dsmrolla06 mentioned is the exact reason my buddy was going to try it. If you don't beat the heck out of your labor they may stick around longer. Less turnover = less training = better productivity = better profit = :)
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    I think there would be some problems with scheduling...here's an example.

    We run 2, 3-man crews just for maintenance. Now these guys are all pretty close, talk with one another in the morning even before showing up for work. If the weather in the early morning is not so great (showers or t-storms), many times they will discuss among themselves and start later if things are forecasted to clear up after a few hours. So if there is say a 2 hour rain delay in the morning, they will almost always try to make it up in the afternoon most of the time or start earlier the next day to catch up.

    If they decide to work late, now the "2nd shift" under this scenario is SOL...correct?
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Maintenance issues would come to mind. When do you fix things

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