Who Double Cuts?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by RickR1818, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Just wanted to see how many of you actually Double Cut your customers lawns? I know it is supposed to be good for appearance, but I can't see how anyone could make any money cutting a lawn twice.
  2. mowing grass 1111

    mowing grass 1111 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 433

    i will double cut spots that may need ( grass clumping up in spots) it or if the lawn was not mowed the week before
  3. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    A. It helps disperse the clippings. Some times its more cost effective to double cut a area instead of running back to the shop to hook up a vac system.

    B. Appearance. It can give you a checker board look.
  4. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    I double cut only when I leave excess grass clippings on top.
  5. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    dont think hes asking why, hes impling you dont make much spending all the time doing it and i agree. its a waste of time, yes it looks much better but IMO most customers really dont care. they only time i go back is for very think, clumpy grass. if its a real large amount, they get billed extra.
  6. LawnSharks

    LawnSharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    Only when needed (clumpy trimmings, customer wants defined stripes or checkerboard) in Spring and Summer. In the fall we'll mow once, mulch the leaves and then run back over the lawn with a catcher to suck up the excess. Looks much better but does double your time.
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,941

    Several years ago, in my early years of business, I double cut often. But, I have learned to cut, with a bag, if clippings are going to be a problem.

    No, it was not the clippings laying out on the open places of the lawn, rather it was dealing with clippings in the beds, on walks and driveways, and places where I (and the customer) did not want clippings. Double cutting can rid the open areas of excessive clippings, but one still has to deal with the clippings where they are not wanted. Usually, if the open areas have excessive clippings, then the turf around tight areas of beds, walks, etc, will also have excessive clippings. Blowing them into those areas then requires time to mow in a different pattern, and/or to spend extra time with the blower to get rid of them (and never do a good job at getting rid of them out of mulched beds anyway).

    With all the extra time of dealing with the clippings, plus the time of double cuts, and already having a system to bag other places, I learned to just put the bag on and go. Yes, it is more work, harder work, but in the long run, more productive use of my time.
  8. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Spring is the only time we double cut and that is only if it really needs it for appearance's sake.
  9. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I own Toros so I have to double cut often. Especially in the morning when there us dew on the grass.

    I had one residential that wanted double cut and bagged every week. Took me 9 hours to do it myself but it was worth it come bill time. He always was the first to pay too. I ended up letting him go as a customer, could rely on one person for a full days work. If I would have pissed him off or something would have happened I would have been looking for 10 more accounts just to fill that time. Also, my insurance only covers $10 million in damages. With my luck I would hit a rock, knock out a window which would hit a candle off a table burning the whole place down :cry:. Couldnt risk it, it was kinda nice showing up at one place and staying there all day though. Unload once and I was all set.
  10. gandk06

    gandk06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    Only when I need to. Time is money. When I do double cut though the second takes about half the time as the first pass. No need to spend the time with making the first perimeter pass, don't have to be as careful going around trees... And they do get billed for a double cut.

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