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How much lots can I do?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I am currently working full time. Trying to venture into the lawn care business how much lawns can a solo operator cut per week with my mentioned below equipment. I also intend to do some spraying. I already know I am mainly equipped for residential and some small businesses probably no more than 8-1000Sqft. Please help with realistic answers.

    36" zero walk behind Bobcat.
    Detachable: Edger, Trimmer, Blower
    21 inch mower.
  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Do one and time yourself.
  3. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    Those lawn sizes are smaller then most row home/town home size lawns. What are you spraying. How many days/hours are you planing to work. Are you getting license and insurance. I could cut 20-30 town homes an 8 hr day with that equipment solo.
  4. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I am currently studying for the lawn applicator test. looking to take that test next month. Probably will be spraying the regular stuff people ask for around here like pre and post emergent and insect stuff. I am looking into getting insurances had a quote for about 250 for the year. All ready have a business license not a commercial applicator license. After work I am looking into doing maybe 3 hours per day Mon - Friday and 8 hrs Saturdays. I also do pressure washing and gutter cleaning. I plan to do that on appointment on Saturday. But if this lawn care thing really picks up I would drop that side of the business.
  5. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I timed my self. It takes me about 45min to do a 8000sqft lawn by myself. I dont know how some people say they can do 20-3o of those in a day with my same equipment.
  6. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    Is the 8000 sq ft the turf area or the property area? How many obstacles such as trees, bushes and landscape islands? Is this property level or does it have hills? You need to work on your efficiency. You should be able to do a lawn this size, with few obstacles and level in 30 minutes or less with you 36" wb. That includes string trimming and blow off.

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    Definitely need to figure out where your losing time. 45mins is way too long, especially with a 36" mower! Also it depends on how far apart each house is, the closer they are the more you can do!
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  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I can do a 10K yard in about 15 mins not including trimming and blowing with my 40"
  9. Byerley

    Byerley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    When I was trying to figure out how many yards I could do a day I would take a stop watch with me and as I was getting out of my truck I would start it and not stop it till I was back in my truck. always include your unload and loading time.
  10. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    what I meant to say is a 8000 spft yard with mow, trim, edge, and blow and three front bushes pruned would take me 45 minuntes. and its flat.

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