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2 man crew

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by philmacrakken, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. philmacrakken

    philmacrakken LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I've operated for a few years solo but this year I'm gonna hire at least one more guy. My question is about time saved doing a lawn with 2 guys vs. 1 guy. I suppose in theory if you arrange it so both guys are working the entire time ( 1 guy mowing, the other trimming then grabbing a walk behind to help finish) I should be able to cut the time it takes to do any given lawn in half. Is this accurate? If not, how much time can you save with a second guy?
     
  2. Titans Fan

    Titans Fan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    This may sound crazy, but a good helper will more than cut your time in half.
     
  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    Good production out of 2. Three well cordinated guys are the fastest. Four could be good on big jobs but often is not as good as 2 or 3 in terms of production per $.

    Use 4 guys when you get ready to train and split into two iof two.
     
  4. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    Is your equipment as efficient as possible? Do you have a stander or a zero-turn rider? Make sure your equipment is productive first. Moving to a stander or a ride on from a walk-behind will earn you more time than an employee. It will also cost you less. Just my opinion.
     
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961


    Absolutely, that is why we buy good equipment.
     
  6. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    I agree 100%
     
  7. willietd2

    willietd2 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 210

    I second that. the acounts i had took me 5 days to do by myself. I hired an experienced operator and the same acounts took two and a half days to do. I was shocked,therefore allowing me to take on alot more work.
     
  8. lwp

    lwp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I know this is going to sound crazy to everyone but I a new at this. What is a stander and zero-turn rider? I am a female learning the business with 5 residential customers right now and just bidded on a commerical account. It started out a just doing something for my boyfriend but I see it could be so much more. I sent hours yesterday learning some stuff about the business. Also what is your take on uniforms...shirts, pants?
     
  9. lawn guy1350

    lawn guy1350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    well a stander is a mower that is like a walk behind but you stand on it. and zero turns are http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=72949&stc=1&d=1171300527

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  10. lwp

    lwp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thank you lawn guy1350 for that information. I am glad I found this site and there are people like you who do not mind telling beginners like me this wonderful information.
     

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