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sergsaa
02-23-2010, 05:47 PM
hi everyone i'm planing on starting my lawn maintenance business soon and i would like to know if anyone can help me establish my hourly rate on my equipment, wich so far it is a 60" exmark zero turn, a 52" walk behind ekmark hydro, edger, line trimer, blower, te esentials along with hand tools, i'm planing on working in the notheast tx area,

thanks

Mahoney3223
02-23-2010, 05:49 PM
400 hr........................

nepatsfan
02-23-2010, 05:52 PM
400 hr........................

will that even cover expenses?

punt66
02-23-2010, 05:54 PM
most solo guys shoot for $60hr no matter what their running. But every area is different. That also is assuming your using the right equipment. Of course you cant charge 60hr to mow a 2 acre lot with a 21.

sergsaa
02-23-2010, 06:20 PM
most solo guys shoot for $60hr no matter what their running. But every area is different. That also is assuming your using the right equipment. Of course you cant charge 60hr to mow a 2 acre lot with a 21.

thank you for the advise.

360ci
02-23-2010, 06:22 PM
I average it to $1/min, or $60/hr if you will for residential lots. A $25 lawn I can generally cut and trim in 20-25 minutes. It's less than a 2min drive between them all. I only run 21" mowers, so profit is good. With larger mowers I'd charge a bit more, more so for the added fuel and maintenance costs.

JCPM
02-23-2010, 08:23 PM
I charge $60hr for each guy who just mows and $30hr for guys who mainly trim and blow. You should always get around $80 to $100hr for a two man crew.
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tstutz
02-23-2010, 08:40 PM
I completly agree with JCPM. Try to stay around $80-$100 for two man. Some may think thats a little too much but if your running the properly sized equiptment for the job most will be happy with that rate. I usually like to throw an average price to a potential customer at an estimate and then ask if i can mow it once to get an appropriate price per time.

sergsaa
02-23-2010, 08:50 PM
awesome! thank you all guys, God bless.

TGM
02-23-2010, 11:14 PM
$70/hr, but i'm in an area where prices are from $35-100/hr. you need to find out how economical you and your equipment is, what the market can bear, and how much you want to make. $60/hr or $1/min is a good average number to shoot for when it comes to mowing/maintenance.

demhustler
02-24-2010, 01:54 AM
I average it to $1/min, or $60/hr if you will for residential lots. A $25 lawn I can generally cut and trim in 20-25 minutes. It's less than a 2min drive between them all. I only run 21" mowers, so profit is good. With larger mowers I'd charge a bit more, more so for the added fuel and maintenance costs.

that's misconception - actually you will charge less, throw biggest equipment you can and be in and out in 5 min

about as JCPM sayed below: 45$ per menhour - pretty close
know your expences: usually grasscutting expenses lover then other landscaping jobs expenses, about 30$ for cuts and 45$ for general landscaping, so what above - is what you make; sure very by region an type of jobs; rule of thumb could be: $50 per men-hour - and play (adjust) from there


I charge $60hr for each guy who just mows and $30hr for guys who mainly trim and blow. You should always get around $80 to $100hr for a two man crew.
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JCPM
02-24-2010, 08:57 AM
Exactly, the larger equipment you have the more work you can finish on a weekly basis. You can charge less but take on more volume which will make you more money if your overhead isn't too high.

A solo can charge $60hr but only bill out $480 for an 8hr day. A two man crew, with larger equipment, can charge only $90 hr but bill out $700-$1000 for an 8hr day. Once you establish a good route and have system for each account, its not abnormal to make over $100hr with two guys. If you have the work and you don't pay too much for labor, this will make your company more money over the course of the year.
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AdlerLawnCareLLC
02-24-2010, 09:23 AM
You need to figure out your minium cost per hour to operate. Your break even point. This is the cost of what you have to charge just to break even. Then find out what your market can bear. How much are you willing to lose or gain? Every company can charge what the other company charges but you will fail in doing this. Its very important to know why you charge what you charge. Every company has different operating cost. A good site to go to for this info is Profits unlimited. You can buy all there books and software. They have simple easy to use computer software and books with all this info in it. This money you spend starting up may seem like alot but its nothing compared to the amount you loss if you go out of business. Any body can mow grass or butcher a lawn but can you make money at it? I promise if you use this software you will turn a profit. Also utilize contracts or service agreements with your accts. Dont go on a handshake. Protect yourself. Your accts rarley care if you survive or not. They can always open a phone book and call someone else. Good Luck!