need help on quickest way to do job

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by steve wood, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. steve wood

    steve wood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I am new just starting out and i have my first decent commercial job tommrow. It is a small condo unit and a row of eight townhousees, I have to do the common areas, sidewalks, etc. My question is with a 2 man crew what is the most efficiant way of doing this job. I was thinking of both of us cutting the grass first, then both weed eating, then both blowing, Or should one cut, one weed then both blow?

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    It's Nov. and you are "getting" a account to cut grass???
    I am wondering why they are not still using the crew that did it all year??

    With a crew Of 2 I found that on most smaller jobs one guy could cut and 1 could do all the rest, and end up about the same----but how did you price this job if you do not know how you are going to do it??
    How long will each task take to do?
  3. steve wood

    steve wood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    This is a job that i already have a contract with but under a different Industry. I do all of this companys Carpet cleaning, & Flood Restoration. I have alot of inside connections with the high ups. I am gettting into Lawn And Landscaping for a couple of reasons. I have bought some good equiptment for my personel use, why not put it to work. I caught an auction and bought some stuff cheap. When i purchased my house 2 months ago, the previous owner sold me an Ex-mark 48 inch, . I am ready to go to work. The project manager on this job told me the current price for the job.
  4. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    If its you and 1 othe guy one cuts and thee other line trims. Depending on how much trimming is needed the line trim guy blows off the walks while your still mowing.
  5. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    if you can clean the carpet, you can take care of the lawn correct...... and a job like that usually inicludes fert and weed control, wich i guess wouldnt take much knowledge either.....:confused:

    like pm said, if you dont know how to do the job, how in the world could you bid on it....:hammerhead:

    to answer your question, the fastest way would be to sub it out to a knowledgable crew, and see how much your bid was short by.....
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    There are two determining factors in this equation. One, is what you're cutting with - for the conditions, and the second is your trim to mowing ratio. There is a better chance than not though,...that what TNT described will probably fit your needs the most adequately. Try it a few different ways, and time out what each operation (trimming/blowing, mowing) takes.
  7. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 806

    Ok, I wish you luck, but folks, this is one of the reasons lco's make dipstick for profits. Just about anyone can start lawncare real fast and are instant pros... :)
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Like it's been said:
    One guy cuts and the other does everything else and you should both be finished about the same time.
    This might prevent you from having to buy two of everything...

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