newbie part-timer question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by gilbes81, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. gilbes81

    gilbes81 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3


    I'm an underpaid full-time journalist trying to make some cash on the side. I have two questions for the pros regarding starting my own part-time lawn care operation.

    1. how long does it take to mow a 2-acre lawn with a 48" walk behind mower (+ weedwhacing and blowing)? how long for the same size lawn with a 21"?

    2. would you recommend to a newbie part-timer dropping the dough on a $1000 48" (cause it will save me time and a lot of effort presumably), or should i get a quality $500-$600 21" mower, since i'll only have time for a very limited # of lawns per week?

    i figure with the 48" i can easily do at least 1 lawn per day, maybe 5 on the weekends.

    please let me know if i'm just ignorant of the business. any help greatly appreciated.
  2. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 952

    Lots will vary on time you can service them. If they are flat and wide open then you may be in and out in 1 hr. if same size but obstacles and more trmming equals more time. So I guess to answer your question depending on lot lay out and trimming figure 1.25 hours to 2.25 hours for 2 Acres.
  3. gilbes81

    gilbes81 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    thanks j

    is the time frame you gave me per lot for a 48 or a 21 inch mower?
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    that would be for the 48" i believe
  5. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    You best stick with a 48", it's going to save you a lot of time.
  6. gilbes81

    gilbes81 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    thanks dcon and mc

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