What is more productive? 2 man or 3 man crews?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Clear-Cut, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    that is my question...i am currently solo but i plan on expanding in the near future when i am done with school and i was just curious...

    what crew is more productive groups of 2 or 3?

    here the yards are small, on average 2,000 sqft to 3000 sqft and i charge about $20-25 per lawn. i figured it takes 30min for me to do each lawn (with a 21" push mower) ao a 2 man crew can probably do a minimum of 3 per hour (if there is driving)

    what do you guys run? would it be worth it to pay an extra $10 per hour for a 3rd guy?
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    for residentials a 2 man crew will be more productive money wise.
  3. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    thanks..thats what i was looking for..sorry for not clarifying

  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    For those size yards, 2 at most.

    RICHIE K LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 647

    I have noticed that having a 3rd giy slows things down
  6. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    thanks a lot for the input...i only asked because there are a couple of lco's around here that have 3 guys goin at once....but i did always see 1 guy standing around with nothing to do after he was done doing what he was doing

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    I agree with everyone else 3 is good but 2 is more efficent one mowing and the other trimming and cleaning everything off.
  8. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    If you are offering full service, then 3 guys are the way to go. If you just mow, blow and go then 2. I sometimes have 4 to 5 guys on a lawn at a time. One trimming, one edging, one mowing, one pulling weeds from the beds, and the other guys trimming trees and shrubs.
  9. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    ^ good point...but how often do you have to pull weeds and prune? most of the time i just cut trim and blow...so i wouldnt need 3-5 guys per crew for the entire year...

    would it work if i had 2 man crews for the cutting season then hire a couple extra seasonal employees for spring and fall to do cleanups? i figure if i do that then i can kind of recruit based on there performance in the seasonal jobs and add them to the team
  10. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    That would be a good plan. No need for the extra guy if your yards are small

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