How many lawns can a solo guy do in a day

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Eho, May 7, 2005.

  1. Eho

    Eho LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    Hey guys, just wondering how many lawns(all average size to small size lawns) can one solo guy mow in one day with a 21 inch mower. The reason I ask this is b/c on Wednesday I mowed 11 lawns solo with a 21. I think I could have mowed at least five more tho b/c I had to go to class at 8 AM and didnt leave to mow until 10 AM. Also, most of the lawns were on the other side of town, once I got there the route was pretty tight but by the end of the day I had driven around 40 miles. I finished with my 11 th lawn about 7 45 which means I would have had time for at least one more before it got dark. Also, If I could have started two hours earlier thats at least 2, maybe 3 more lawns. Last of all, if I wouldnt have spent so much time driving around I could have mowed more. I would say 16 in a day for a solo guywith a 21 is do-able. I packed my own lunch, didnt take any breaks and really busted it. I was gone for exactly 10 hrs and 40 minutes so I thought getting all 11 done that day was good...especially with all the drive time- Just wanted to hear some feedback from yall
  2. walker-talker

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

    Too many factors involed. With a 21" mower, square footage would be a major factor. Edging and trimming is another factor. I have properties that are 6K sq ft that take as long as a 15K sq ft lawn. Sounds to me though you are doing fairly well.
  3. Triple R

    Triple R LawnSite Member
    Messages: 244

    Most I've ever done solo is 22, mow, edge and blow. It was a long day and I don't plan on ever doing that again. I can handle 8-14 on on a regular basis but thats a mix of lawn only and full maintenance accounts. What matters more is not how many but how much $$$ your pulling.
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    It's all relative to what you consider small and other varying local conditions. Small to me is 7 to 10 thousand sq ft (actual, not total lot size) of grass that needs to be double cut at this time of year. Throw in 20 minutes of trimming and you're not going to do 11 in 10 hours.
  5. Eho

    Eho LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    It has been pretty dry here lately, so the grass really wasnt that thick. This, helped me go faster. Plus, all of these have a nice edge so edging didn't take too long at all. I understand its about the money, but at the end of the day I was wondering how many I could do in a perfect scenario. Also, the temperatures in the 70s helped more than temps in the 90s
  6. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    The most i'v done in a day was 24, my average is 15 a day. I have been doing this for ever so I stop and do 4 here and then 5 there, so I can whip them out like that.
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I can't mow any lawns with a 21 inch mower....just not gonna happen.
  8. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    yeah dude, if i even have to pull the 52 wb out that is a strech for me.
  9. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116


    Two of my crews are one man crews this season. The routes aren't very tight, but my one man crews are doing 13 in a day with no problem. They start cutting around 8:00 and finish around 6:00. They are using 21's too.

    Once the bermuda really starts growing, those 13 lawns will take at least an extra hour per day because of additional blower time. The bermuda is usually gowing by May 9th, but not this year.

    FWIW, my three man crew has the tightest route imaginable on Thursdays and Fridays. They are knocking out 35 a day...7:00am to 7:00pm.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  10. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    If your knocking out that many now, in the 70's, that ain't too bad, however, when we hit the 90's like we always do, you WILL bog down... Other than fatigue, I'd say the REAL limit to how many you can do is drive time... Everybody usually mentions equipment, and sq. footage as big factors, which they are, but if you've got a lot of prop's in the same hood' I bet you could exceed your current #'s if they're small props..

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