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Does Your City Have a Map & Grid System ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JustMowIt, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. JustMowIt

    JustMowIt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    In our Dallas market, we have Mapsco See The Website which most service & delivery people use to find address's. We print our route logs using a mapsco page number, then a small Alpha grid ID. We service a lot of new homes not in the national maps, but mapsco keeps up with the new growth areas.

    What system do you use to to print your route logs & how effective is it?
  2. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    I don't deal with near the volume (less than 3%)that you do, but what I do is print up directions from one house to the next and keep a map book in the truck, incase.

    This makes it easier when I have someone helping who doesn't know the route. They can just follow the signs and turn left or right as indicated.
  3. Evergreenpros

    Evergreenpros LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    We just use Microsoft Streets and Trips, it's accurate 98% of the time and it's easy to use. Even the 2% it doesn't get you there exactly, it always gets you within a stones throw of the house. We're switching to Microsoft Mappoint soon as it's a plug-in module on our scheduling program, supposedly we can just click on a route and it will spit out route sheets/directions (in theory).
  4. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    Mike, down in the Houston area, it's Key Maps. They are basically the same thing as the Mapsco maps.. Between Key Maps and Mapsco, I believe they have just about every metropolitan area of Texas covered.. I'm sure most other states have similar setups.. I'd say that I doubt you'll find a much better way to lay out your routes than that. I imagine that you could even use the scale and measure the mileage, But the maps aren't alway's exact. Possibly another alternative to make the routes more efficient may be using a GPS tracking setup, running the routes in the current mode, and trying alternate routes that you science out from the maps.. It's just an idea I had thought about back when I was a Repo Agent ( GPS, that is). I hope I was helpful, and God bless you and Terry richly.
  5. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    I just get on Maps.com when I have a new house and get driving directions. Its amazing how many companies rely on directions from their customers or subcontractors to get them there. Its just a lot easier and less time consuming for me to look it up on the net.
  6. ofishil

    ofishil LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Messages: 123

    i use a mapbook but i dont live in a really big city either. Down here we have a thing from the apraisal district and you can type in their address and it shows a pic of their house and all kinds of info like what it was appraised at.
  7. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    I generally punch the phone number into http://www.anywho.com/rl.html for a map and directions. I can see how the mapsco thing makes an operation like yours run a lot smoother. Without something like that, you couldn't give a price over the phone.
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I usually just use www.mapquest.com and make sure I ask the person for the zipcode. Most of the time this is all I need.
  9. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    I was stationary so it didn't matter too much, but when I worked for a carpet cleaner we used laminated map book. Today when I need directions, Yahoo maps then download onto Palm Pilot.

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