How many cuts per person or team an hour?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Shane Scaife, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. Shane Scaife

    Shane Scaife LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    How many cuts do you do, or do you expect, per person or per team, per hr?

    I know it varies on size, slope, trees, and so on, so lets say we are talking an avg. 100'-100' prop with one tree.

    One man can do ? an hr.
    Two men can do ? an hr.
    Three men can do ? an hr

    One-truck crews.

    I was thinking by my self I can figure on one lawn each 45 minuets or about 10 jobs per 8 hr day. A two-man crew should be able to do 2 per hr or 16 per 8 hr day.

    Is this right? What do you figure with drive time?

    P.S. 36in scag mower

  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    If you mow 10 lawns in 10 hours alone you are mowing 1 per hour. So you would think that 2 should do 20 in 10 hours. But you will still have the same amount of drive time, so it wont be exactly double, although there are times when having 2 people will go faster than you would expect, for example blowing in the wind. I know i didnt awnser the question, but its something to think about.
  3. MacPhersonlawn

    MacPhersonlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Working solo I was doing about one lawn every 45 minutes or so. But I was worn out by the end of the day. With a helper we do an average about 2 per hour including travel time. I don't have any of those 10 minute lawn jobs some people talk about.

    I have found that I am more accurate by measuring earnings per hour over jobs per hour. My expense structure requires me to make $70 per hour. That means a one hour job is $70, two thrity minute jobs are $35 each. Two jobs per hour at $25 each will not make it for me.
  4. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    My 2 man crew that does 5-12000 sq ft yards do about 30 yards per day.
    But they have the right equipment also, you're killing yourself with a 36" mower. They have 3 walkbehinds, a 36" for small gated back yards, a 52" as a backup, and a 60". The 60" guy stays mowing all the time, might blow a little. The other guy, edges drive, walks and curbs, then blows. Whoever is done first will lift up the ramp on trailer maybe gas up 2 cycle equip and time to jump in truck together and off they go to next yard or yards. We have about 100 of these yards in a 5 sq mile area. They get them done in 3 days.
  5. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    (solos)Why worry about how fast you can do a lawn, as long as you get all your lawns done, by the end of the week thats all that matters. I myself enjoy lawn work, and want to give my customers the best looking lawn that i can. It really doesn't matter how much i make an hour, because i don't care about working the hours.
  6. ince8728

    ince8728 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    me,along with 2 employees can do between 2-5 accounts /hr. Depending on what size they are, most are no more than 10k sq ft & no less than 3k sq ft with the exception of one or two large one's.

    where also run a 48" GHS Walker, 36" Lesco, 21" Honda
  7. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    working solo i average 15 lawns a day with drive time ,lot sizes are 50/ 80 to
    100 /250 7am to 5pm
  8. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    I'm solo and use a Hustler ZTR with a 52" deck. Most of my lawns are 12k-15k SF. I can mow 2 of them per hour on average. I can usually do 15 lawns in 8-9 hours which includes travel time. All properties are mowed, trimmed, edged, and blown clean each week. I have 65 weekly accounts and can usually do them all in 4-1/2 days... weather permitting.
  9. Shane Scaife

    Shane Scaife LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Thank you all. Great info.

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