Solo Operators-What's the best way to lower operating costs?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smitty's lawncare, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,345

    Please state how the truck saved $3k a year after everything was factored. All numbers I run show a loss in operating cost and ownership until around 150,000 miles. Please let me know how!
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  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,197

    If you are solo and conservative with your expeditures, then you are doing all you can to reduce your costs. Don't worry about it.
  3. magicmike

    magicmike LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    For areas that have kroger and stop and shop (maybe other stores also in different areas) use gas rewards, right now I have 1700 points which is a $1.70 off a gallon up to 35 gallons. Thats a $60 savings of gas. Fill up the Truck and gas cans.:usflag::weightlifter:
  4. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    I would suggest stay out of debt. By being debt free this will definitely help you grow being that you're not throwing money away to interest. Now, if you can finance something zero percent, maybe that's an option to consider.
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,499

    i cut one today. scalped the yard. they are getting it treated by the turf doctor and he told them to get me to do that and he's gonna spray it with nitrogen sometime next week.

    most people seem to be waiting as long as they can to start. i've cut maybe 5 yards so far over the past 2-3 weeks. i did 2 mulch jobs that's about it so far.

    that little cold spurt really slowed things down. hopefully in april things will pick up.
  6. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,023

    I bought an enclosed trailer this year and have found that I have become more efficient. Just about everything I need is in the trailer and not back at the shop.
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,976

    My phone was steady ringing 2 weeks ago, then it got cold and so did the calls. Hopefully mowing will be full swing in two weeks.
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  8. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    My point exactly. You spent a little more on the trailer and will spend more in fuel. You will gain that your equipment will stay fresher not getting rained on, road grit, etc. In the end your yearly cost maybe went up $1000-$1500. You can potentially make an additional $5000+ in labor over a season by not having lost time loading trailers and going back to the shop on occasion. So you increased your operating cost, but you also increased your potential revenue. That counts as a win.
  9. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    An enclosed trailer or box truck that's wrapped or lettered up nicely gives you instant credibility as well. It's also a rolling billboard. Can't beat that.

    I sold my enclosed trailer. I'm an idiot.
  10. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,023

    I was reluctant to switch but I'm loving it now. Another thing I did to increase efficiency was to buy a 1 ton truck with a dump bed.

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