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RockSolidLLC
08-13-2009, 02:13 PM
Guys i was just asked to bid field mowing a 50 acre field.... problem is is that I have never bid a property this size. The property owners just want the grass knocked down and left... any recommendations for pricing? I have all the equipment needed to complete this job, I just have no idea on what a fair price would be. Any thoughts would be great

skennedy04
08-13-2009, 02:23 PM
I bid all of mine by the acre

skennedy04
08-13-2009, 02:24 PM
What will you be mowing it with.....how tall is the grass

RockSolidLLC
08-13-2009, 02:24 PM
What is a reasonable price per acre when dealing with this size?

RockSolidLLC
08-13-2009, 02:25 PM
2 deers w 6' brush mowers

skennedy04
08-13-2009, 02:27 PM
i get 25 per acre with 15 batwing minimum $150 charge

RockSolidLLC
08-13-2009, 02:43 PM
anyone else with some insite

JB1
08-13-2009, 04:04 PM
anyone else with some insite

is it a field or grown up lot or what.

RockSolidLLC
08-13-2009, 04:53 PM
Its a field w grass that is a foot and a half in most areas and in a very few it is 5'.

JB1
08-13-2009, 05:16 PM
Its a field w grass that is a foot and a half in most areas and in a very few it is 5'.


was just curious, I would either brushog it, I charge by the acre or I have before on large acres got someone to come in and cut it for hay.

howierd3866
08-13-2009, 05:48 PM
i get 25 per acre with 15 batwing minimum $150 charge

I'd 2nd this...good luck

Mowbizz
08-13-2009, 07:59 PM
You must have an idea of how long it takes you to mow 1 acre right?
Say an acre takes 15 minutes. Multiply that times 50 (give or take) and you have a time period to work with. 50x15=750 divided by 60 = 12.5 hours to mow the 50 acres.

Figure your hourly rate with man hours (if you have a helper). Factor in fuel and wear and tear. Now you have an hourly rate. (many other factors could be figured in as well but this is just a simple example)

If you get a rate of $40 per man hour (example only) you will charge $80 per hour and gross $1000.

Plug in your rates and make your bid!

treemover
08-13-2009, 09:01 PM
$25/acre is a fair price. We mowed a county project 300acres 3x a year for $27/acre. It was nice money! we used 15' batwing by the way. It will take you a fair amount of time to mow with 2 6' mowers. 1 15' mower will mow what 6-7 6' mowers can mow. But you gotta use what you have. In my opinion with the grass height you may get 1.5 to 2 acre per hour. so price accordingly. What hp tractors are you running?

DieselDennis
08-13-2009, 09:03 PM
Well let's throw an educated guess at it.
43560 sq ft in an acre. Figure your 6' bush hog is cutting 5.5' per pass. 43560/5.5 = 7920' that you'll have to drive your tractor to cut that acre. I figure you'll drive about 4.5 MPH. 5280' in a mile means you can drive (4.5 x 5280 =) 23760' in an hour. That means you can cut (43560 / 23760 =) 1.83 acres per hour per tractor. Figure with turns and obstructions and water breaks you'll only be actually cutting 90% of the time so you're down to 1.65 acres per hour. So 50 acre field and you can mow 1.65 acres in an hour. That means you can mow the whole field in (50 / 1.65 =) 30.3 hours. Since you have two tractors, you can cut that in half, down to 15 hours. (close to the 12.5 hour estimate earlier.

I always figured $10 per foot per hour when I bushhogged. This would match the estimate earlier ($150 per hour for 15' bushhog). So your tractor would run $60 per hour each.

So that's 12.5 hours x $60 per hour x 2 tractors = $1500. Now that doesn't count transportation. Probably a two day job. How much do you normally bring in during a day? I'd probably big $1750 if I wanted it, $2,000 if I didn't care.

I third the suggestion to sub it out and have somebody cut it for hay (if the grass is any good). A single 9' disc mower could probably knock that out in 10 hours tops on good ground. You might suggest this to the landowner and offer a little finder's fee. Could theoretically be paid to have it cut, and then give the custom baler all the hay. Essentially being paid for doing nothing. But that wouldn't be very ethical.

If they just want it cut, I would hire the hay cutter to come in and just cut it. Pay him $1000 and put the rest in your pocket. Their mower won't spread the grass out though. But it will cut it low.

STIHL GUY
08-13-2009, 10:32 PM
i would charge by the acre