how much equipment is needed

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Doug8949, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Doug8949

    Doug8949 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    hi i take care of 200 homes done every 14 days i also take care of 30 homes i do weekly and 160 different apartment buildings. How much equipment will i need i figure about (5) 2 man crews. what do you think
  2. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 667

    uh... 7. if you already have these accounts why are you asking? aren't you already doing them? is it working? If it is, look outside and count your equipment. If it isn't, add some. talk to the guys doing the work. They have an idea or two....
  3. Doug8949

    Doug8949 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    We picked up this work in the middle of winter and have not done the work yet tying to figure it out so the spring and summer art a surprise.
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  4. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,157

    It,a too late. It already is a surprise.
  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    Hey Doug let's see if I understood your post .:waving:
    Did you say five two man crews.:nono:
  6. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    So you went from 30 weekly homes to 200 biweekly homes AND 160 apartments complexes
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  7. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I got to ask how did you "pick up" a total of 390 properties? There are some big very successful outfits on here, I worked for a good size LCO for years. I don't think any of them have that many properties and certainly if they were going to take on any large scale operation like that (I'll assume they are all located very close together and small cookie cutter lots) they would have it down to a science as to exactly how long it would take and exactly how much material needed.

    How did you sell yourself for this? The company I worked for had to provide equipment lists ect so that the owner or mgt company would know we, or others submitting bids, were capable and equipped to do the work.
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  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    We need a lot more info about this. How many times will you have to move your truck to completle these and how many acres would this all add up too?
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  9. Southern Lawn Care  LLC

    Southern Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 314

    I agree with this post.

    Can you give us some more information. How much weed eatting and all that? Another thing would be. What do you have on your trucks now equipment wise? Are you dragging trailers behind truck or do you run box trucks? Do you have to bag any of this grass, are you installing mulch or pine straw on the flower beds?
  10. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    3 one tons
    1 3/4 ton
    1 ranger

    3 enclosed
    1 deckover

    4 walkers
    3 36" wb's
    2 72" z's

    5 kombi's with all attachments
    10 trimmers
    7 bp blowers

    My short list........

    Oh yeah........... 10 guys to run the stuff ;)
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