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sgallaher
02-06-2006, 10:15 PM
I am placing a bid to mow down some grassy brush around a residential community. The area is mostly flat and open. There is approx 5-6 acres that have small seedlings growing that are in tubes. The tubes are spaced about 6 feet apart. In this area I plan on using walk behind brush hogs. The rest of the area is about 18 arces of grassy brush that I can use a tractor with pull behind field mower. There are also two dry ponds that will need to be cleared of brush and cat tails. They are about 2-3 acres total in size. How much would you charge for this? I am thinking about 96 man hours total plus equipment charges. I was thinking about $5700. What do you guys think?

CutInEdge Lawn Care
02-06-2006, 10:25 PM
At the man hours you specified that is only $59.38/hr with out equipment charge. Or are you charging $20/hr and $39/hr for equipment. However you feel compelled to break it down it's still only $59.38/hr. 5-6 Acres with a walk-behind brush hog?

sgallaher
02-06-2006, 10:30 PM
Yeah, the 5-6 acres would be with walk behind brush hogs. We will be running 2 of them at a time while 1 guy uses the tractor. Should I charge more? How does $35/man hr $35/equipment hr sound. That would be $6720. This is the largest field mowing job for us, just difficult to figure out how much time to estimate.

sgallaher
02-06-2006, 11:53 PM
Here are some pics of the area.
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sgallaher
02-06-2006, 11:55 PM
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sgallaher
02-06-2006, 11:58 PM
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sgallaher
02-06-2006, 11:59 PM
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sgallaher
02-07-2006, 12:04 AM
Sorry, the computer is not uploading the files.

Sammy
02-07-2006, 09:57 AM
I am thinking about 96 man hours total plus equipment charges. I was thinking about $5700. What do you guys think?
If it is going to take you 96 hours to do the job, then $5700.00 is about right. ..... The bigger question is, why is it going to take you that long ?

dcondon
02-07-2006, 10:17 AM
If it is going to take you 96 hours to do the job, then $5700.00 is about right. ..... The bigger question is, why is it going to take you that long ?


I would say by the looks of all those plastic pipes sticking up. I do agree that it can be done in less time then 96 hrs.

DSIM
02-07-2006, 10:27 AM
from the looks of the pictures, I could do that bymyself in about 8-10 hrs or less.

Rollacosta
02-07-2006, 01:48 PM
from the looks of the pictures, I could do that bymyself in about 8-10 hrs or less.

Not with a walk behind you could'nt believe me,i'd price the job by the hour over here £30+tax,a job like that is hard to price accurately

KUBOTADAN
02-07-2006, 02:34 PM
i can put my two mowers in and have it done in 5 hrs.. Why a walk behind?

sgallaher
02-07-2006, 03:01 PM
The total area is about 20 acres of which about 6 acres will need to be done with walk behinds. The grassy brush is about 1.5'-2' tall with some briars growing. I can get the area that can be cut with the tractor in one day. I was thinking two days for the area that we have to use the walk behind brush hogs, and one day to clean out the two dry ponds. So at the least I think we can do it in 3 days, its just hard to judge how long it will take. I would rather be over priced and not win the bid then under priced and get the job and loose money.

DSIM
02-07-2006, 04:02 PM
One concern that I would have is with the briars. New tires may be needed after mowing 1.5 - 2' patches of briars. That would be the only issue stopping me from using z's instead of wb's.