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tharod
06-23-2010, 05:38 PM
someone called asking for a bid on 3 acres. I only have a 48" cut and it's just myself, there is a house and workshop and two driveways and about 15 big trees on the property. I don't mind doing the job but unsure how long it will take and I definitely don't wanna under bid it, but don't wanna overbid it either since this is a big yard. Most of my business is small neighborhood yards. Any input and info would be great..thanks in advance

Ric3077
06-23-2010, 06:02 PM
We did one a few years ago for $350 per cut, however we do not have them anymore. Also this was only cut like once a month since it was a lot only no house. So it was always close to 2 feet every time we went to cut it.

clydebusa
06-23-2010, 06:07 PM
Don't bid it, unless you have the equipment. 48" would take 2.5 hours just to mow.

tharod
06-23-2010, 06:21 PM
my work load is not that heavy considering I only cut about 25-30 yards a week. I just started out in the lawn care business...I was thinking around $100

MowingMowingMowing
06-23-2010, 06:27 PM
my work load is not that heavy considering I only cut about 25-30 yards a week. I just started out in the lawn care business...I was thinking around $100

That's just not worth it for the time it will take you.

bchataroo
06-23-2010, 06:31 PM
It takes me and another 2hrs and 15 mins to cut and weedeat 2 acres. There are alot of obstacles in this yard though. that is also with a 60".

ajslands
06-23-2010, 06:33 PM
my work load is not that heavy considering I only cut about 25-30 yards a week. I just started out in the lawn care business...I was thinking around $100

Woa!!!!! Idk where your from, but around here that's super low!
Around here prices per acre are usually in the 55-75$ range. Up to x amount of acres, and then it starts decreasing gradually. But not too low!
Oh and for those prices, sometimes you will want to charge more depending on the complexity of the job.
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unit28
06-23-2010, 06:43 PM
I wouldn't mow it for $100.
Isn't 3 acres like over one hundred and twenty thousand square feet

better pack a lunch :)

Glenn Lawn Care
06-23-2010, 07:44 PM
with a 48" wb it will prolly take you an hour per acre. my minesota math tells me thats 3 hour of just mowing. i charge $65 an acre if the trimming is easy. if there is alot of trimming i will charge any where from $75 to $85 an acre.

nepatsfan
06-23-2010, 08:04 PM
No lower than $150 per cut

MOturkey
06-23-2010, 09:19 PM
I'd like to be able to charge what some of you do. Around here, unless it is a high-end property, which it doesn't sound like it is, $120 would probably be tops, and would more than likely end up being mowed for $100 or under. The equipment you use, is, in a sense, irrelevant, except to you. What I mean by that is it is an $X property in your region, and will still be an $X property whether you mow it with a 21 or a 72, the only thing that changes is the time required for you to do so.

If you are not busy to the point where you are turning away business, then I'd go for it, event though your mower will take a bit longer than a large Z. You will still be able to make a decent profit, if bid correctly, you'll just make a bit less per hour than someone else might.

Turf Commando
06-23-2010, 09:34 PM
$240 or walk away...

Mahoney3223
06-23-2010, 10:11 PM
Where are all the mowing experts that said that earlier in the season $90.00 was a great price for 3+ acres?????????? perhaps greeting people at wal-mart??? hahahaha.....$100.00 is wayyyyy too low even for a solo. at least $150.00

clydebusa
06-23-2010, 10:14 PM
Go ahead and do it for $100. You will be spending a 1/2 day on this job and it will keep you busy while other LCO's are picking up the gravy work!

DA Quality Lawn & YS
06-23-2010, 10:15 PM
my work load is not that heavy considering I only cut about 25-30 yards a week. I just started out in the lawn care business...I was thinking around $100

Not that busy with 30 lawns a week? If I had 30 with about 1/2 mixed larger commercial, I would be booked out for the week (as a solo). This big lot you are speaking of sounds like more than you need for all the biz you currently have - bid it way high and see if they bite otherwise walk.

dougdm
06-23-2010, 10:23 PM
I had just this very situation this spring. I have a ztr and a wb, my bid was $165. The owner just about flipped out. The only other bid was for $75, 2 people 2-60" ztrs. I dont care now, I am glad I didn't get it, but at the time I was lost trying to figure out how they can make a profit. Later to find out they were only planning on mowing half weekly. hmmm shady. Plan your bid, but make sure you have large enough equip, and plan for your profit margin. NOT TO JUST GET THE JOB. My mowers can set and make a better profit than work its butt off for a loss.

ff162bfd
06-23-2010, 10:29 PM
I mow a three acre lot with no trees or structures and I do not do any trimming. I charge $125 a cut but if I had to trim and do cleanup it would be much more.

2low4NH
06-23-2010, 10:33 PM
i have a few very large lots i mowed all of them with a 48" belt with a sulky i moved up to a 52" hydro i cut,trim,blow one of my 2.5 acre lots in just about an hour. I would do a 3 acre loot for 150 all day long

Glenn Lawn Care
06-23-2010, 11:05 PM
Go ahead and do it for $100. You will be spending a 1/2 day on this job and it will keep you busy while other LCO's are picking up the gravy work!

$100 are you crazy? if he spends a 1/2 day there then something is wrong. he shouldnt be there any more then 3.5 hours tops.

BadRancher
06-23-2010, 11:15 PM
I do one for a lady that is about 3.5 acres for 100. But I've known her forever and she has been through hell the past 2 and half years and I cut her a break.

Glenn Lawn Care
06-23-2010, 11:28 PM
I do one for a lady that is about 3.5 acres for 100. But I've known her forever and she has been through hell the past 2 and half years and I cut her a break.

so you are making $28 from that yard if that after fuel, insurance and what not. ouch.

gebby
06-23-2010, 11:29 PM
I mow 2 acres every other week, 10 minutes of trimming less than 2 hours for all for $150.00. The first cut was 3 foot tall and charged 550.00. Earned every penny of it. I cut the first time with my Gravely z 252 lowered the deck each cut and went over it 3 times. Don't leave any money on the table. Learn how to negotiate the price. Always do your best work. If you do it long enough you will understand why some say... don't do it for 100.00. When it's time to replace equipment it's nice to have some money put back instead of just surviving.

twcw5804
06-23-2010, 11:30 PM
Solo on jobs that I use my 52'' ZTR on I try to bid $1per minute on all new bids. I would start at $200 and go from there.

FastMan
06-23-2010, 11:55 PM
I do one for a lady that is about 3.5 acres for 100. But I've known her forever and she has been through hell the past 2 and half years and I cut her a break.

Good man.

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ajslands
06-23-2010, 11:56 PM
I mow 2 acres every other week, 10 minutes of trimming less than 2 hours for all for $150.00. The first cut was 3 foot tall and charged 550.00. Earned every penny of it. I cut the first time with my Gravely z 252 lowered the deck each cut and went over it 3 times. Don't leave any money on the table. Learn how to negotiate the price. Always do your best work. If you do it long enough you will understand why some say... don't do it for 100.00. When it's time to replace equipment it's nice to have some money put back instead of just surviving.

550 for 2 acres?

Wow I guess I gouged someone! I charged 400 for half an acre.
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ajslands
06-24-2010, 12:00 AM
With a 48" mower, no obstructions, you should only be there for 2.5 hours, I think someone said 3.5 hours but that seems a little long to be there if I was bidding it, I'd charge 225$ maybe 249.95 just to make an extra 24.95$ so I can buy a nice pizza or two!
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lzrj
06-24-2010, 12:37 AM
My neighbor has 3 acres and has been hiring it out for the past year. The company that does it charges him $75 a cut. The are out every week. They are usually done in about an hour and a half on average. Sometimes one comes other times there are two of them working on it.

Fireguy97
06-24-2010, 12:47 AM
I do one for a lady that is about 3.5 acres for 100. But I've known her forever and she has been through hell the past 2 and half years and I cut her a break.

Good for you! Loose money on every cut at her house because she has been through hell.

The only way that I would do a job like that at that price is if it was 3.5 acres at the Playboy Mansion. I know that some of those girls have had bad childhoods. I would cut them a break too!

Mick

nepatsfan
06-24-2010, 06:30 AM
Good for you! Loose money on every cut at her house because she has been through hell.

The only way that I would do a job like that at that price is if it was 3.5 acres at the Playboy Mansion. I know that some of those girls have had bad childhoods. I would cut them a break too!

Mick

Doesn't anyone on this site know the difference between lose and loose.

KyleOH
06-24-2010, 11:49 AM
you guys running wide open or what lol. I do a 3.5a yard with hills and all and i can cut trim blow and edge and be out of there in 1.5 with a 60 z. Takes me 50 minutes to mow it. I get 110.00 per cut which shoots me out to around 1.25 per min. Flat yards 1.00 min, hills etc 1.25 min is what I like to do.

unkownfl
06-24-2010, 12:14 PM
Simply ask them what they're paying now and see if its even worth while to even come up with a bid... If they're paying like 60 bucks or something insane then its just simply not even worth while to figure out a bid. With my setup and if it were close to my route it would be around 100-150 I figure 45 minutes mowing to maybe an hour to be safe. Then I figure about an hour for ground work, so 2 hours total at 50-75 per hour depending on the frequency I would be mowing and condition of the yard for wear and tear.

jackhammer731
06-24-2010, 12:50 PM
I cut a 1 acre property with minimal trimming and am done in 1 1/2 hours. I charge $70.00 per cut.

Fireguy97
06-24-2010, 03:02 PM
Doesn't anyone on this site know the difference between lose and loose.

Sorry! Sticky ooooo

How about your and you are (you're)

Mick

JCinNC
06-24-2010, 03:37 PM
It takes me an hour and 45 min. to cut 3 acres. Now I am cutting 7 acres and it takes 3 hours & 45min. Mostly open, not much to mow around expect the pool and a playhouse. I used to pay $65.00 per cut, but "lost touch" with the guy who was cutting it after the first year. I guess I got dropped. I am hoping to get my mow time down to about 2.5 hours with a commercial sized mower.

clydebusa
06-24-2010, 06:28 PM
My neighbor has 3 acres and has been hiring it out for the past year. The company that does it charges him $75 a cut. The are out every week. They are usually done in about an hour and a half on average. Sometimes one comes other times there are two of them working on it.

Lets seeeeeeeeee 1.5 hours x 2 men 3 hours $75.00 = $25 hour. Man I would :walking: from that.

dobe
06-24-2010, 06:40 PM
I'd like to be able to charge what some of you do. Around here, unless it is a high-end property, which it doesn't sound like it is, $120 would probably be tops, and would more than likely end up being mowed for $100 or under. The equipment you use, is, in a sense, irrelevant, except to you. What I mean by that is it is an $X property in your region, and will still be an $X property whether you mow it with a 21 or a 72, the only thing that changes is the time required for you to do so.

this guy has it.

we would never be able to get close to $150 for 3 acres here
know your market
you might be able to do it where you are but here they would think you are crazy.

clydebusa
06-24-2010, 07:26 PM
$100 are you crazy? if he spends a 1/2 day there then something is wrong. he shouldnt be there any more then 3.5 hours tops.

Oh 3.5 hours is alot better than 4. DO IT!. He might get some medicine to keep him from getting dizzy riding a 48 around and around!

Darryl G
06-24-2010, 07:38 PM
$100 are you crazy? if he spends a 1/2 day there then something is wrong. he shouldnt be there any more then 3.5 hours tops.

Ummmmm...isn't 3.5 hours about 1/2 a day? 8 hour work day, half of that is 4 hours...............

TimsLawnCareVA
06-24-2010, 07:51 PM
In my area, over 50% of my lawns are 2+ acres and we are in and out in less than a hour. My biggest residential is a little over 5 acres and we cut, trim, and blow in just over 1.5 hours and charge $225. Some of these prices are just crazy for 3 acres! If you tried to get those prices around here you would have no work.

mbrew
06-24-2010, 08:02 PM
In my area, over 50% of my lawns are 2+ acres and we are in and out in less than a hour. My biggest residential is a little over 5 acres and we cut, trim, and blow in just over 1.5 hours and charge $225. Some of these prices are just crazy for 3 acres! If you tried to get those prices around here you would have no work.

Is that time with both of those dixies working? If I'm reading the models right their both over 60" cut? Anybody else trimming?

Thanks,

TimsLawnCareVA
06-24-2010, 08:06 PM
Yes, that is with a 60" and 66" Dixie running. We both trim and blow after we are done mowing. It is just me and one employee.

mbrew
06-24-2010, 08:12 PM
Thanks, that's kikin' my tail