Production Rates

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by excel, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. excel

    excel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Alright, I Have searched this site, and goggle.

    Vander koi has been recommended to me, I've tried to order it, even called the firm, no return calls.

    Im trying to build a quoting system for my new company. I don't want to eye-ball it. I'm currently working on getting my overhead calculated, but need some help in the production rate department. Would any of you have some numbers I could use for

    -Mowing (I have a 52" exmark ZTR with ultravac, and a 52" Wright Stander)
    -Weed Wacking
    -Mulch Spreading (I use 250sqft to a Yard?) How long does it take to spread?
    -Bed Edging
    -Hedge trimming
    -Fuel consumption

    I know you big guys have this info. If you don't want to share publicly Would one of you be so kind as to PM me some of your production rates? At the very least you'll be helping to assure that another Low-baller doesn't flood the market!

  2. excel

    excel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Don't Everyone jump up at once.

    i'm going to guess that no one has production rates available? I'm not quite sure how you bid without them?

    Could someone perhaps at least point me in the right direction? I really just need the raw data here. Id go out and mow my yard and time it, but I haven't put the snow tires on my Exmark yet...

  3. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,988

    Trial and error

    Best way is to figure your cost and hourly rate. Then time yourself for each service you are asking about.

    A great please to start is your personal home, parents, friends etc. time yourself, measure the fuel used, etc.
  4. excel

    excel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    This is certainly something I will be doing come spring. Id just like to see if anyone had some rough numbers that I could play around with until my sampling pool is large enough to be relevant.
  5. jrs.landscaping

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

    The only ones I can help you with production is mulch and edging. We can put down 4.6 yards per hour and I can usually edge 5 lin. ft. per min.

    I don't run 52" mowers so :confused:

    Trimming depends on what you are trimming or how you are trimming
    (vert vs. regular.)

    On the trimming, are you boxing, shaping, or just cutting back?

    Our basic fuel consumption is .76 GPH for Walkers and 1.13? for our Deere's.
  6. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    Its also going to depend on your meaning of bed edging and other terms.
    Do you mean bed edging after its trenched? With a string trimmer, I can probably bed edge 75 ft in a minute. If you mean trenching, well, then with the Brown I can do 20 ft a minute and with the echo handheld, I can do about 5 ft min.

    I have a formula for calculating how many sq ft I can cut in an hour with a particular mower, but I can't find it at the moment. Ive posted it on here before, so you may be able to find it that way.

    Mulch depends on the people. I can usually get 2 people to do 2 yards each per hour, but that depends on how far to haul it, time of day, day of week,temperature,etc.

    I guess what Im trying to say, you will never get any more than kinda close.
  7. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Messages: 6,825

    Get out the stopwatch.
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  8. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    hedge trimming... I can do about 20 small bushes trimmed in an hour with the long handled stihl trimmers. With the handheld I would have a tougher time with it. The hand held requires more movement and thus I'd say maybe 10 per hour. Cleanup is easier in bulk but add yourself in an hour or two depending how close they are from your truck location. I am getting $15 for bushes under 6 feet from root base and $25 from 6-12 ft. Then up from there depending how dangerous it seems and accessibility.
  9. Kings of Green LLC

    Kings of Green LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    How many ft per minute of sidewalk can you guys edge with a stick edger?
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  10. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
    Messages: 1,857

    How many men in that hour? No way you are referencing a man hour prod rate.
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