View Full Version : newbie part-timer question

04-02-2006, 07:35 PM

I'm an underpaid full-time journalist trying to make some cash on the side. I have two questions for the pros regarding starting my own part-time lawn care operation.

1. how long does it take to mow a 2-acre lawn with a 48" walk behind mower (+ weedwhacing and blowing)? how long for the same size lawn with a 21"?

2. would you recommend to a newbie part-timer dropping the dough on a $1000 48" (cause it will save me time and a lot of effort presumably), or should i get a quality $500-$600 21" mower, since i'll only have time for a very limited # of lawns per week?

i figure with the 48" i can easily do at least 1 lawn per day, maybe 5 on the weekends.

please let me know if i'm just ignorant of the business. any help greatly appreciated.

J Hisch
04-02-2006, 07:38 PM
Lots will vary on time you can service them. If they are flat and wide open then you may be in and out in 1 hr. if same size but obstacles and more trmming equals more time. So I guess to answer your question depending on lot lay out and trimming figure 1.25 hours to 2.25 hours for 2 Acres.

04-02-2006, 07:41 PM
thanks j

is the time frame you gave me per lot for a 48 or a 21 inch mower?

04-02-2006, 08:11 PM
that would be for the 48" i believe

04-02-2006, 09:31 PM
thanks j

is the time frame you gave me per lot for a 48 or a 21 inch mower?

You best stick with a 48", it's going to save you a lot of time.

04-02-2006, 09:39 PM
thanks dcon and mc