tracking crews/trucks etc...

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Mow Man, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Mow Man

    Mow Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    I am looking for input on tracking crews. I run 2 crews and feel I am getting beat up on times etc.... I take real good notes on my jobs and feel that I do a pretty good job on bidding, but that all goes out the window if the cutting times and travel times are being manipulated by my crew leaders. 10-15% adds up to a whole lot at the end of the year.
  2. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    Lojack! Theirs another one but I forgot what the name was!
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  3. hawkerhino

    hawkerhino LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    alot of cell providers offer tracking now. just give them a company phone or mount one in the truck and see what happens.
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. MnLefty

    MnLefty LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    I just bought this one a week ago:

    It has been on the truck of one of my crews for a few days now, and I've already seen enough to make up my mind that these guys will be fired... I'm just letting it play out through a full cycle of routes to uncover ALL the details.

    Daily McDonalds breakfast, 3 long gas station trips a day, general time wasted driving round and round the route, and to top it off a couple cash jobs. The 3 days it's been on the truck have averaged close to 2 hours a day straight wasted, and that's being conservative... allowing for some gas station time and a bit of a break now and then.

    The only drawback to this particular unit is that you do need to recover it and download the data, but I can handle that for $150 and no fees. I've been tucking it inside the front bumper behind the license plate and its signal performance has been outstanding.
  6. jntaylor

    jntaylor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    How would you know about cash side jobs?
  7. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,305

    He would compare the address the crew was at against the addresses of his clients. If the addresses aren't on the list they are doing a side job using his equipment on company time.
  8. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    Oh wait until they fill up their gas can and have their GF pick it up. That really steams you!
  9. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    RT BARRY: NEXTEL is what we use w/ GPS tracker push to's spendy per mth, but how much u would save just showing up to a job site they are @.....PRICELESS...they c u...they work harder...they don't c u...they look over their shoulder wondering if u r around the great for me>>>>bring em pizza on the job sometime,,,that will make em work harder and get u respect
  10. MnLefty

    MnLefty LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    This exactly! They had a 25 minute stop at a spot where we have no clients, so I drove through that evening and there were 3 different properties that were freshly cut... they didn't do them all, but more than likely did 1 or 2 of them. That was last Thursday, today we'll see if they do it again.

    I also had the crews switch routes one day last week before the GPS was on and a neighbor came out to ask the non-regular crew "Can you mow my lawn again? $20 bucks like last time?"

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