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TAKE A POLL (Work solo or with a crew?)

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Ric3077, Jun 21, 2003.

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Residential...do it solo or with a crew

  1. SOLO

    18 vote(s)
    42.9%
  2. 1 HELPER

    19 vote(s)
    45.2%
  3. 2 HELPERS

    5 vote(s)
    11.9%
  4. SOLO AS LONG AS NO COMMERCIAL

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,113

    what's better...for residential...work solo or with a crew?:blob3: :blob4: :blob3: :blob4: :blob3: :blob4: :blob4: :blob3: :blob4: :blob4: :blob3: :blob4:
     
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Depends on the size of the job, Ric.

    I have one residential that is 16 acres of just mowing and a gazillion shrubs and trees to trim around plus a pond to trim around as well. I sure as heck wouldn't want to do that by myself each week (unless I had nothing else to do that day).

    Small jobs, at least someone to do the trimming and blowing while I mow.

    BTW, we don't work alone...crews of 2, 3, and 4 depending on the day of the week.
     
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    rodfather has made the perfect point. It just depends. But normally we run a 2 man crew. We tried a 3 man crew for a week and it was totally confusion. We were only saving maybe 5 mins per job, thats all. Not worth the time or money for us.
     
  4. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,035

    Tiedeman is right, most residential places gets done almost at the same time with 2 guys than with 3, some real big houses gets done faster with 3.
     
  5. Live4Mowin'

    Live4Mowin' LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    I voted solo because thats my only option.:D
     
  6. Gimme a jingle, I'll let you experience a crew...

    Then you can decide where to go from there.

    BTW going to set a date for a luncheon here in the St. Louis metro area soon, hope you can come.

    Also commercial does not always mean large, just it's a place of business, not a home.
     
  7. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    On average size residentials (15k and less) you save about 33% of the time using 1 helper. If it normally takes 1 hour solo, it would take about 35-40 minutes with 1 helper.
     

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