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How many lawns can one guy service in a day?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by sky_lawncare, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. sky_lawncare

    sky_lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    If you're using a Z rider, and all of your accounts are close to eachother, how many subdivision-residential lawns can a single guy realistically do in one day?

    Also, how early do these subdivisions usually let you start working / making noise?

    I'd like to do some profit/earnings projections, but I just don't know the answer to this question, love to get some estimates.
  2. sky_lawncare

    sky_lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Also, what are you guys grossing / netting a year, roughly?

    I'd like to figure out if this is just going to be a hobby or will I be able to ditch my 9-5 and go independent at some point?

    I have a "good" job with the county, job security, benefits, retirement. Sounds great right? Well, i'm miserable. :laugh: Sure my job is easy, but I don't like easy. Easy never gets you anywhere. I want more out of life than my cushy county job can offer. What, only a .50 raise this year? I'd rather give myself a raise by working harder and smarter. I have to work weekends at my current job. I generally have to work holidays. I worked on Christmas last year. I don't have ANY days off with my fiance'. This is no bueno.

    I've always had the entrepreneurial bug and I'm eager to flex my ambition on this business. Question is, how good of a living can this be in NE Florida?

    Also, you Florida guys, how long is the cutting season? I've heard about 8 months.

    Thanks for all the support and feedback!
  3. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    I could probably do 10-12 depending on 'how close they are' and 'square footage'.

    Figure 30-40 minutes a lawn to do em' right for a solo operator.

    Labor work at 7am, but no equipment till 8am in my area.
  4. sky_lawncare

    sky_lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Minimum of 10, $35.00 per lawn, $7,000/mo gross . . . hmmmmmmm

    What do you think about this for a starter trailer?

    $725.00 New.

  5. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    I think its small and you will outgrow it quickly.....
  6. sky_lawncare

    sky_lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Alright then, whats the minimum starter size you would recommend?
  7. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    at the very min. I would say 7X14 you can fit 2 z's or 1 w/b and 1 z on there comfortably. JMO though...
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    If that trailer is a 5x10 or even a 5x8, $725 is a heck of a good deal, assuming that trailer is new and dealer sold. Buy it, you don't have to have a huge trailer if you don't want that, just go with what will work with your equipment and put the blinders on.
  9. sky_lawncare

    sky_lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Ah, I posted this on my other thread. Trailer quotes:

    Lawn Equipment Dealer:

    For a 6x12 single they want 1135
    For a 7x14 tandem they want 1700

    I called allpro trailers:

    For a 6x12 single = 970
    For a 6x14 single = 1074
    For a 6x12 tandem = 1290
    For a 6x14 tandem = 1390

    So all in all the 6x14 single axle for 1074 sounds like the best bet.

    Don't have a huge truck either, 2wd Toyota Tacoma, it does have a v6 though, 5 speed, which is very rare for a 2wd Taco.
  10. martinfan06

    martinfan06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Got my 6x12 viking trailer from dade city for 825 out the door. The name is escaping right at this moment. Was in the bargain trader adds though.

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