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Pecker
03-29-2011, 08:56 PM
Hey guys,

What would you charge for this? Bush-hogging/brush-hogging/rotary cutting/heavy mowing. It is a 15 acre tract hay field that needs to be mowed before the hay starts growing so the crop will be more pure. Tall grass only, no woody stuff. . .pretty much the ideal property as far as wear and tear on equipment goes. In ideal conditions (not muddy, no extra heavy stuff to cut, no steep hills. . .just sitting on the tractor and mowing), what would you charge?

Also, its a one-time cut. I'd usually give a lower price if the work will be on-going but on one-timers I usually go a little higher.

Your thoughts, please on what you would charge and how you come up with your rates. Thanks!

JB1
03-29-2011, 09:00 PM
$375.00 sounds like a good number.

P.Services
03-29-2011, 09:06 PM
$375.00 sounds like a good number.

Jobs yours then. Are you kidding me 15 acres for 375 bucks?!?

I wouldn't touch it for less then a grand. More like 1,500. If I'm cutting lawns for 50-100 acre I'm not mowing a hay field for less.
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JB1
03-29-2011, 09:13 PM
Jobs yours then. Are you kidding me 15 acres for 375 bucks?!?

I wouldn't touch it for less then a grand. More like 1,500. If I'm cutting lawns for 50-100 acre I'm not mowing a hay field for less.
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its only two hours of work.

Grass Wackerz
03-29-2011, 09:22 PM
$75 an acre

knox gsl
03-29-2011, 09:28 PM
I would say that go for $300 unless you have to trailer it there then adjust accordingly. Depending on size of tractor this could be done in 3 hours or less.

blowerman
03-29-2011, 09:33 PM
its only two hours of work.

I'd agree, if you are into field mowing it's only 2 hrs. For guys that can't mow with any speed, don't bid this type of work or you'll price yourself out of the job. I could cut this with my 15ft. batwing 2615L in all of 1.5 hrs.
This isn't something you show up with the 60" 3pt. hitch mower.

Pecker
03-29-2011, 10:07 PM
I should mention I would be mowing with my compact tractor with 48" 3 pt. finish mower or 48" bush hog. You can beat up a ZTR pretty quick mowing this tall stuff. That said, it will definitely take alot longer to mow with the tractor. Thanks for the replies so far, keep it coming!

Pecker
03-29-2011, 10:08 PM
I'd agree, if you are into field mowing it's only 2 hrs. For guys that can't mow with any speed, don't bid this type of work or you'll price yourself out of the job. I could cut this with my 15ft. batwing 2615L in all of 1.5 hrs.
This isn't something you show up with the 60" 3pt. hitch mower.

Blowerman, what would you charge for a 1.5 hour job with your batwing?

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-29-2011, 10:24 PM
Blowerman, what would you charge for a 1.5 hour job with your batwing?
If that biggest thing I had I wouldn t even think about bidding on that size of job

I have 15' bat wing Tractor 7740FWD Ford take me 2 hours at $175 per hr

Good luck on getting the Job at the price you said. If you get it , contact a farm to do it for 300 and keep rest as a good profit

orlawncaresvc
03-29-2011, 11:24 PM
$375.00 sounds like a good number.

$375 for what? Are you kidding? We do a 7 acre property every year of all dry tall weed grass which is easier on the equipment because it's dry and very fragile and easy to cut. With a 4-5 man crew it takes us about 14 hours and we charge between $2,200-$2,600. Now in your case this tall grass is probably still green and it will be heavy for the mowers. How many guys do you intend on taking out there with you? If I'm doing 7 acers for this price then 15 acers would be charged at least the minimum of $5,000. That's just my two cents. I don't think you wanna go and give that price with guys like the ones on here saying they will do it for $375. Ha!

CLS LLC
03-29-2011, 11:39 PM
$375 for what? Are you kidding? We do a 7 acre property every year of all dry tall weed grass which is easier on the equipment because it's dry and very fragile and easy to cut. With a 4-5 man crew it takes us about 14 hours and we charge between $2,200-$2,600. Now in your case this tall grass is probably still green and it will be heavy for the mowers. How many guys do you intend on taking out there with you? If I'm doing 7 acers for this price then 15 acers would be charged at least the minimum of $5,000. That's just my two cents. I don't think you wanna go and give that price with guys like the ones on here saying they will do it for $375. Ha!

Stop cutting with a scissors.

4-5 guys 14 hours for 7 acres. That doesn't make any sense.

Try one guy with a tractor and a bush hog like the original poster was referring to.

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-29-2011, 11:48 PM
$375 for what? Are you kidding? We do a 7 acre property every year of all dry tall weed grass which is easier on the equipment because it's dry and very fragile and easy to cut. With a 4-5 man crew it takes us about 14 hours and we charge between $2,200-$2,600. Now in your case this tall grass is probably still green and it will be heavy for the mowers. How many guys do you intend on taking out there with you? If I'm doing 7 acers for this price then 15 acers would be charged at least the minimum of $5,000. That's just my two cents. I don't think you wanna go and give that price with guys like the ones on here saying they will do it for $375. Ha!

What are you mowing with can I ask
For me do 7 Acres thats a Hour of labor Green or dry
If its good grass I'll mow it and bale it for the cows to eat or sell it for $50 per bale

J.R. Services
03-30-2011, 12:51 AM
$5k? Seriously? Please say you were kidding, 15 acres isn't that much, although you might be there a good part of a day with a 48" mower, its not worth any more than 400/ tops.
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orlawncaresvc
03-30-2011, 01:10 AM
Oh, my bad gentlemen. You guys are probably thinking just a huge flat surfaced 15 acers? The 7 acers I am talking about has hills and steep drop offs. 50% machine mowing and another 50% hand trimming. You guys would probably have to see it in person to understand our price. But for the desciption of work this thread is about, the person requesting the estimate would probably be better off hiring a farmer with a tractor. And paying him $100 for the job. $50 for fuel and $50 for his hard labor of sitting on the tractor all day. Ha!

JB1
03-30-2011, 07:32 AM
I'll stick by my numbers and be in and out in less than two hours, either some of you have not the equipment to do this or your not in the real world, read what he described, its a hay field that just needs clipped before the season. Oh yeah we aint using a 52" zero turn either.

hackitdown
03-30-2011, 10:18 AM
Can anyone with relevant experience say how long it will take HIM to cut 15 acres with HIS tractor and 48" bush-hog? At least then he can give an estimate. Three Hours? Eight? Anybody? Yes, a 75' wide mower can do it in 3 minutes, but what about his set up?

I have a B7800 with a 5' bushhog, and I would plan on 2 acres per hour at best with my setup. You may be looking at 10 hrs.

soloscaperman
03-30-2011, 10:36 AM
Pictures? I would say $750-$800

CLS LLC
03-30-2011, 10:37 AM
Can anyone with relevant experience say how long it will take HIM to cut 15 acres with HIS tractor and 48" bush-hog? At least then he can give an estimate. Three Hours? Eight? Anybody? Yes, a 75' wide mower can do it in 3 minutes, but what about his set up?

I have a B7800 with a 5' bushhog, and I would plan on 2 acres per hour at best with my setup. You may be looking at 10 hrs.

If he were able to operate at 4mph and 100% efficiency (read: driving in a straight line with no turns at all with a FULL 48 inch cut) he would do just under 2 acres per hour. Now realistically with turns and overlapping the cuts he's looking at closer to 1.5 acres per hour. Therefore it's 10 hours.

This is just an issue of figuring out how to do the math and doing it. Come on guys.

Get Some...
03-30-2011, 10:54 AM
$375 for what? Are you kidding? We do a 7 acre property every year of all dry tall weed grass which is easier on the equipment because it's dry and very fragile and easy to cut. With a 4-5 man crew it takes us about 14 hours and we charge between $2,200-$2,600. Now in your case this tall grass is probably still green and it will be heavy for the mowers. How many guys do you intend on taking out there with you? If I'm doing 7 acers for this price then 15 acers would be charged at least the minimum of $5,000. That's just my two cents. I don't think you wanna go and give that price with guys like the ones on here saying they will do it for $375. Ha!

City boy's.....:laugh:

blowerman
03-30-2011, 12:57 PM
Can anyone with relevant experience say how long it will take HIM to cut 15 acres with HIS tractor and 48" bush-hog? At least then he can give an estimate. Three Hours? Eight? Anybody? Yes, a 75' wide mower can do it in 3 minutes, but what about his set up?

I have a B7800 with a 5' bushhog, and I would plan on 2 acres per hour at best with my setup. You may be looking at 10 hrs.

Alright, so not everybody has a 15' or 18' batwing.
I do several sites and have both 15 ft. & 6 ft. rough cut mowers.
In the past I owned 74" & 88" flail mowers but wanted something stronger and faster so that's why I switched to rotary style brush hogs.
Rarely do I charge by the hour, however one site I have is 42 acres and they pay $125 per hr. and it takes 8-9 hrs. tops.
Typical is a $250 minimum charge and that's a 5 acre field that takes one hour total from the time the tractor leaves the shop until it's back.
For you: if they'd pay $500 give or take that's about it. Find a farmer, better yet, who are you cutting this for: a farmer?

GrassesGuy
03-30-2011, 01:25 PM
1,275. Assuming you got a walker Billy Goat. If you got a tractor half that.

TNGrassCutter
03-30-2011, 01:33 PM
Heck I'd just buy one of those DR field and brush mowers on tv and do it for $150.
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knox gsl
03-30-2011, 05:15 PM
Heck I'd just buy one of those DR field and brush mowers on tv and do it for $150.
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You are a lowballer, you could easily get $165 for it, that's enough extra to get a 12 pack and some smokes. It should only take 2 days with one of those DR's.

TNGrassCutter
03-30-2011, 06:07 PM
Yea but I'm trying to quit smoking so I figured I'd snowball even more so I won't have extra money for them.
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