Using a GPS device to route

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by shocker5oh, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. shocker5oh

    shocker5oh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    How is everyone doing...I am new to the industry...I've been planning my business over the past 3 weeks and plan on starting it up in the spring of 09...I have been on this site religiously and wanna thank everyone for the insite they have given me and other it helps to deter making some crucial rookie mistakes...a big thing that I've red from a lot of different users is wasting gas is wasting profit...makes sense so I was wondering how many people use a GPS device to route there jobs to make everything the quickest may know your area well enough but this helps give out how many miles one job is from another and if a new job should be placed inbetween...again just wanna thank everyone for there responses.
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I have never used GPS to do my routes but it kinda sounds like a good idea. Though I don't know if it would be worth buying one if it only saves me a mile in my route. I could just do it using mapquest for free.
  3. shocker5oh

    shocker5oh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I use my GPS now for resturants and stuff...but the thing I noticed...say you have 30 customers and you put all there names and addresses into the GPS it will tell you who is closest in order and you just work your way around from won't have to spend the time mapping each location and who to go to first and all that...time saver overtime could save the money it cost and then some
  4. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,397

    Generally speaking, Microsoft Streets and Trips will do what you want and will cost significantly less. I have a GPS but never use it for work - it's a cool toy but not practical for this line of work IMO.
  5. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    i use google to map my bids but a GPS is kinda like a toy for trips and stuff.
  6. shocker5oh

    shocker5oh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Just a thought...if it works well ill let yall know...ifigure it won't hurt to try I have it, have used it for a year now...its already paid for itself.
  7. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 993

    I use mine for every estimate I run to.
  8. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 1,134

    I use it for estimates.
  9. Tim03

    Tim03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    The problem you will face is not every GPS is equal. I had a Garmin 340 until someone stole it, then replaced it with a Mio C230.

    The Garmin's interface and mapping were easier and better but the Mio is faster to lock onto a signal, held a signal better, faster at recalculating, and had better installed maps.

    Your plan may work great with a Tom Tom and not to your liking with a Mio or Garmin.
  10. shocker5oh

    shocker5oh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    For as long as I've had my garmin, I've never had a problem with it...I used to use the dell axim haldheld for the gps and it didn't work well at all...conteplating on using that for invoices to print from the truck

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