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How long can you stay at one site.....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dfor, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    I start getting antsy on lawns that take me (solo) more than 2 hours. These are multiple houses where there is lots of trimming. If the trimming was minimal, I'd probably last a little longer. It must be my un-diagnosed ADD.
    Do you get antsy at long stops?
  2. Tim Johnson

    Tim Johnson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    we have a site that take 8hours, and by the four hour mark, i want to go

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    2 hours at say $100 bucks an hour nope i'm fine.
  4. No not really. Long hours=big jobs=more money.

    I guess I really prefer the bigger jobs. I've daydreamed about a job that would take most of the week. maybe just one big client. Just watch the landscape get better and better.

    Heck! I'm in the process of stretching the time I spend on each client with upselling bed work, tree pruning, weed & feed, aeration etc.
    If they'll pay my labor rate they'll have to run me off!


    I DO try to stay productive though. And by that I mean producing income.
  5. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    If I'm just mowing, I can last all day, it doesn't bother me. Trimming...that's another story. I used to have an account that took 5 hours mowing, mowing was great, I used to get sad at the end because I had to go drive and deal with people again. Same with a cemetary that took 4 hours, that was a good one too, I used to just get lost mowing really, time would fly so the day went faster. I used to like having all big accounts and putting in a 12 hour day once a week rather then the other 4 days working 8 hours a day at 15 accounts.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Ohhh yeah, but depends on the work. If it's straight grass-cutting, I start to feel the drag sometime after an acre or an hour or so into it, 2 hours of straight cut and trim and I want to puke LOL.

    Other jobs, 3-4 hour stretches make my day but much beyond that, my feet and everything else start to drag.

    What I like to do is put in a strong 3-4 hour stretch, then take off and go do something else, split jobs like this into 2 days, then come back the next day and knock it out. I'm well-known for splitting large jobs into 3-4 days even, just a half a day at a time, then run back home and load up the mower and go do that for the other half of the day. While I'm home, eat lunch.

    With mulch it's easier: One trailer in the morning, one in the afternoon - This gives me an hour or so break in between, doesn't matter at that point if it's all going to the same yard or not because to me, a load is a load is a load.

    If anyone ever asks, I like to tell them that the first 3-4 hours are my best, after that they're not getting their money's worth anymore so I switch to another task and come back after I've had a break and I'm fresh again.
    This seems to work for me pretty good.
  7. green acres lawns

    green acres lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    I am basicly solo. I get help from family members from time to time, but no hired hands. I like working alone. My largest customer is 59 acres(which includes buildings and parking lots). It takes 2 long days to mow and trim. I have a 20ft enclosed trailer with everything I need on site so I don't have to stop. No unloading and reloading every few minutes. Not much windshield time. My girl friend brings me lunch and cold drinks while I cruise around on the 72" tiger. I also have several (34) smaller props, so some days I'm hopping from yard to yard and 2 days a week I do the big one.
  8. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,290

    Two hours and only 100 dollars. You need to make more than that.
  9. Mark P

    Mark P LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    :weightlifter: No-way 2hrs work and only 100 bucks, you need to rethink your price, atleast 80 per hour, you could do 6 solo all on the same area and do 210 at just 35 per lawn.......Marks Mowing Service
  10. dwlah

    dwlah LawnSite Senior Member
    from Argo Al
    Messages: 558

    My church cemetary takes about 3.5-4 hrs about half mowing and half trimming and doing some cleanup I usually do the mowing take a water break then finish up and press on

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