So this question/topic is generally geared toward bigger companies running around 5-6 crews or more (landscape and maintenance.) We run 3 landscape crews and 2 maintenance crews and then a few other guys that will float around and do filler work. Right now we are have production meetings to address issues that we have had in previous years and ways to address them. One of the issues that I brought up was putting together a 2 man crew using a few guys we currently have, start them at 12 and then they would work until about 8-9 at night. They would do any pick ups we need, run any material thats needed at a jobsite, handle small issues that arrise etc, until around 3-4. After that, they would return to the shop around the same time the crews would, and handle unloading all of the trucks, cleaning them out/washing them, fueling all equipment up, and pre-loading for the next morning. They would also be responsible for doing daily service on equipment that is brought back (grease, check oil, etc.) and sharpening blades and greasing the mowers. The biggest reason is that we spend way too much time every morning with 20-30 guys in our face, loading or waiting around to get loaded before they get out the door, Our guys are usually in by 630, and on the road by 7-715 (sometimes later if theres a lot to load.) Thats about $1500 per week in wasted labor. Using 2 guys, even if they are at the shop for 5 hours a night we would still only spend about $1000 in yard labor per week, would still equate to about a $18,000 savings in wasted labor. Anyone else do this? Certainly these numbers all look good when you put it on paper, but what are your real world experiences? What are your thoughts, experiences, etc? Just trying to pick some peoples minds. We have 2 guys who would be perfect for this job, both are CDL Drivers, so if a crew works late at a job and its the last day, we can still pick up equipment, move it to jobsites at nights. One has good plant knowledge and the other has good service knowledge so they two would complement eachother nicely I think.