Daily rate?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fblandscape, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    I was talking with a long time friend the other day about daily rates for when he sends his crew out to cut grass. He runs a crew of either 2 or 3 with 48" belt driven walk behinds. They load the machines into the back of a pick-up truck for the most part. He said that a good day for him is $600 for just cutting grass. The days range between $400 and $600 for cutting grass. He says he is happy if he can pocket $200 per day. What are your thoughts on this?
  2. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
    Messages: 0

    400$ no less for cutting grass.
  3. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
    Messages: 0

    400$ after payouts, Two man crew
  4. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    lets do the math: 3 guys on 48s have to be able to knock off 18 medium residentials in 8 hrs. at $30 a pop, thats $540. $240 in salary, $15-$20 in fuel. leaves $280. now, he needs to figure out his average daily operating cost before he can figure out how much he "pockets"
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    2 guys with 52" or 61" machines = $700 (+ or - $50) per day.
  6. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    That's what counts. Everyone has their numbers.
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    dont forget to add in the cost of FICA and whatever other taxes/fees your locality has....in a season this stuff adds up to a not-insignifcant cost factor...and of course you need to add your other fixed costs/depreciation etc....
  8. brentsawyer

    brentsawyer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    By myself with a 52" Z and a 36" wb for the small stuff; average $500, with another person $700, because of all the crappy breaks they need.
  9. goose

    goose LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    My 3 man crews usually gross about $1000-$1200 per 8-10 hour day.I have all my routes set up pretty tight so there is very limited travel time once they get to the first job , this helps a lot . Most of my trucks only put on about 9,000 miles a year.Routing is the biggest obsticle in our business and I'd like to think I got a good handle on it.
  10. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    Big difference between 2 & 3.

    At MINIMUM WAGE the 10/hr day cost is OVER $100.00

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