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LawnMan883
06-18-2007, 12:33 AM
I have a residential customer who is looking for a quote on a 6 acre lawn. I am usually used to doing smaller lawns, but figure i can take this on. Whats the average price for a flat 6 acre lawn with some trees and such, but nothin gtoo major?

Stillwater
06-18-2007, 04:25 AM
I woud charge alot

Bigray
06-18-2007, 07:09 AM
is there any detail work involed, like bushes, pulling weeds from flower beds or picking up cones ?

GreenN'Clean
06-18-2007, 08:04 AM
What kind of mower are you going to be using? Just factor in the time its going to take you to do the job and times that by the amount you want to make per hour. The price would go between $250-$325 here

carcrz
06-18-2007, 08:29 AM
around 3-400.

Stillwater
06-18-2007, 09:37 AM
In MA. my area 700.00 remember 6 acres is almost 7 football fields

Prestige-Lawncare
06-18-2007, 11:22 AM
Curious here reading all of the replies so far ... how long are you guys figuring time wise it is going to take you to mow a pretty simple/flat 6 acre property? Also ... I would assume (and we all know we shouldn't assume anything) you are using at least a 60" Z.

Stillwater
06-18-2007, 12:07 PM
Ok lets take a 72" side discharge Ferris 5000Z with a 31.5 HP Cat diesel no bagging, top end mowing speed is claimed to be 12mph. at 12miles per hr. no stopping you can mow 7.2 acres per hour. But we all know that is a bunch of crap and even under ideal conditions this is a remote reality. So take the Ferris numbers and toss them in the trash becouse it would be a entire day and I would want 700 for every mow or I would pass on the job.

Rob.C
06-18-2007, 09:44 PM
totaly agree 700-800, or pass, I like to see that someone else is aggressive on pricing, I dont charge by just the cut, I have a charge for the cut, trimming and bagging.

KTO Enterprises
06-18-2007, 09:53 PM
I can do 6 acres on a tractor doing 3 miles per hour in 4 hours. Are you guys drinking before you mow? With a 48 Z I would plan to be there no more than 3 to 4 hours. Hit them with 300 per cut.

UnderCutters Lawn Service
06-18-2007, 10:08 PM
I am mowing seven acres with a 61 in. Ferris 3100 for $300. It takes about an hour and twenty minutes to an hour and a half to cut. Half hour to trim and blow. Are you going to use a pair of siccors if you plan to be there all day and charge $700-$800?

Lohse's Lawn Service
06-18-2007, 10:08 PM
I mow a cemetery, it's probably 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 acres and I mow it with 2 ExMark Lazer Z's 60" around all the head stones, and we finish the whole job in 35 minutes. It pays $200. I wish all my mowing were 2-acre cemeteries! The most important thing is to not cheat yourself. You could charge $60/acre (considering the mowing/trimming isn't anything too rough), which is very cheap, but that would still be $360. That would be an afternoon well-spent. If you're in this for the long run, go out and buy a ztr mower big enough to handle big jobs like this, and 6 acres will seem like nothing. Good luck to you and don't underbid!

KTO Enterprises
06-18-2007, 10:18 PM
Hey Lohse you do that bush hogging job?

Rob.C
06-18-2007, 10:47 PM
I was just agreeing to the price, I could mow that in a 1 1/2

Rob.C
06-18-2007, 10:57 PM
anyone who charges 60.00 a acre needs to find another line of work or go to a different area I wont touch one for under 125.00.

Midwest Lawn Services
06-18-2007, 11:02 PM
In MA. my area 700.00 remember 6 acres is almost 7 football fields

thats a good price. we just bid on a 5.31 acre plot and gave a bid of 709.99/visit. That is a lot of turf to cut!!!

David Hartzog
06-18-2007, 11:03 PM
i just cut 8 acres today. 4 hrs. $100 an hour

Lohse's Lawn Service
06-18-2007, 11:29 PM
anyone who charges 60.00 a acre needs to find another line of work or go to a different area I wont touch one for under 125.00.

I need to find another line of work? Is my $60/acre not a reasonable amount? I sure thought it was. If it's straight, easy mowing, $60 would be a reasonable price. I seem to be doing just fine with my business, even if I'm not charging $125. You continue to charge $125/acre and I will charge $60-$75/acre. Good luck my friend.

Lohse's Lawn Service
06-18-2007, 11:34 PM
Hey Lohse you do that bush hogging job?

No sir, I normally don't bush hog. I have a few open lots in town that I mow, but nothing big/tall enough that my ExMarks can't handle. I see that you do...do you prefer mowing huge lots compared to residential yards?

KTO Enterprises
06-18-2007, 11:43 PM
Yes I do. Figure Ive been on a bush hogging job for a developer here since last friday and still have to do some final touch up work on thursday. Figure at least 40 hours at 125 per hour, or drive around all day chasin yards . I will turn at least 5 g on this one job to sit on my booty. The only problem is extreme chaffing. 10 hour days on a tractor can begin to hurt.

I remembered you askin about bush-hogging/shredding prices and didnt know if you got the job.

Rob.C
06-19-2007, 12:04 AM
I need to find another line of work? Is my $60/acre not a reasonable amount? I sure thought it was. If it's straight, easy mowing, $60 would be a reasonable price. I seem to be doing just fine with my business, even if I'm not charging $125. You continue to charge $125/acre and I will charge $60-$75/acre. Good luck my friend.
I am not dogging on your bussiness we are all on the same team here but at least move your price to 90.00, if its just cutting and no trimming maybe 85.00 but my cheapest is 115.00 1 hr. cut I have a 2 acre for 245.00 1 1/2 hr cut raise your prices, I wasnt trying to be rude to u just tying understand why such a low price, 115-125 hr no less, good luck.

Stillwater
06-19-2007, 02:59 AM
I can do 6 acres on a tractor doing 3 miles per hour in 4 hours. Are you guys drinking before you mow? With a 48 Z I would plan to be there no more than 3 to 4 hours. Hit them with 300 per cut.

I have noticed their is a huge differential in priceing for cutting from all over the country

Bigray
06-19-2007, 07:18 AM
Rob C. if you were to chg. that much in my part of the country, you would have no work. imo, going price / i charge 75-80 per acre when estimating, i also would give a small disc. for multiple acre's.

Rob.C
06-19-2007, 04:00 PM
I get it all day long up here, I gurranntee I could get close to that in flordia.

Lohse's Lawn Service
06-19-2007, 05:49 PM
Yes I do. Figure Ive been on a bush hogging job for a developer here since last friday and still have to do some final touch up work on thursday. Figure at least 40 hours at 125 per hour, or drive around all day chasin yards . I will turn at least 5 g on this one job to sit on my booty. The only problem is extreme chaffing. 10 hour days on a tractor can begin to hurt.

I remembered you askin about bush-hogging/shredding prices and didnt know if you got the job.

Good grief man, 40 hrs at $125/hr? Sounds like that job will be a good one. I understand the idea of doing that job compared to driving around all day; wise choice. And yes, chaffing is the worst. I recently read a thread on here about that. Funniest thing ever. Glad to know it's a common problem among all of us.

Regarding that bush-hogging job I posted a thread about...

I bid it at $75/acre, it being 5 acres, and he said he would go rent the equipment. You win some, you lose some. That's just how any business goes. Good luck finishing up your $5,000 job. What a way to end the week.

Lohse's Lawn Service
06-19-2007, 05:59 PM
I am not dogging on your bussiness we are all on the same team here but at least move your price to 90.00, if its just cutting and no trimming maybe 85.00 but my cheapest is 115.00 1 hr. cut I have a 2 acre for 245.00 1 1/2 hr cut raise your prices, I wasnt trying to be rude to u just tying understand why such a low price, 115-125 hr no less, good luck.

Yes, we are all on the same team and I can't believe some of the reactions I get or see people get for asking a question (not implying you). I'll have you know I did go place a bid on a yard today, about an acre, with wide open mowing and weed-eating around the driveway, house, and a few flower beds that are separated from the house. Called the customer and told them $100. She asks, "You'll charge $100 every time?" I told her "yes." She said she'll call me back either way.

But do you see what I'm getting at? You may charge $125 or whatever it was an acre. I just placed a bid for $100 and it's questionable to whether I'll get it or not. You guys have to understand prices vary in different parts of the country. I have 70 customers and I would love to add this one. When she calls back, and if she says "no" then I will drop my price to $85. Isn't $85 better than $0? It's straight mowing with 10 minutes of trimming! I could go there by myself, with the equipment I have and be done in probably an hour, tops. If there were dozens of trees, then yes, I understand raising the price.

I guess we won't all get every customer we give bids for. Good luck to you and I appreciate your advice.

Rob.C
06-20-2007, 12:21 AM
Oh I agree with u 85.00 is better than nothing, I start high if I get it I dont on a yard your explaining I would do that for 85.00, in my area I have a lot of trees landscaping, they are so picky, so I charge more, glad to see its going well for u, thats always good to see.:)

Stillwater
06-20-2007, 02:26 AM
Oh I agree with u 85.00 is better than nothing, I start high if I get it I dont on a yard your explaining I would do that for 85.00, in my area I have a lot of trees landscaping, they are so picky, so I charge more, glad to see its going well for u, thats always good to see.:)

Oh yes I agree aswell 85 is better than no 85 as long as you are not violateing your business plans labor to wage ratio. A lot of my lawns are waterfront homes of extreem quality, they require bagging and demand total attention to detail. That is why I would demand over 700 for those 6 acres. I have been doing this for along time but still their is absolutely no way possible for my service to cut those 6 acres in the amount of time some posters hear are stateing. Unless I put all my mowers on it at the same time

Rob.C
06-20-2007, 03:16 AM
I agree, I did say to the above post 1 1/2 hours to mow 6 acres but thats saying no obstacles and that is just to mow no clean-up, trimming, bagging.:weightlifter:

LawnMan883
06-21-2007, 05:45 PM
Thanks for the input guys. i told them i figured $325 for the mowing and trimming around the house. They said they think another service will do it for $35 an acre and they think i'm too expensive. they said they would get back to me.

I plan to do the cutting with a 54" deere rider.... its all i got so far. I know it will take a while, but after a month or two i plan on buying a 60" ZTR so I should be in better shape then.

Lohse's Lawn Service
06-21-2007, 07:20 PM
LawnMan883, that sounds very reasonable. I'm not sure how long you've been doing this but as you will see, there will be many times that people think your prices are "too high." If someone is willing to go do that same yard at $35/acre, then let 'em be. Lower prices can sometimes, not always, but sometimes mean lower quality. I'm not dogging on any of the new guys either that think $35/acre is reasonable.

Once you get that ztr, mowing will suddenly become easier. It's amazing. You won't get every customer you give bids to, but as long as you give a bid, that's all you can ask for. Plenty of yards out there for everyone to mow. Good luck in the future.