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06-07-2011, 09:08 PM
Iv'e been getting some calls on mowing some 1 acre lots here lately and was wondering what everyone else was charging. Iv'e been told to charge anywhere from 75 to 100 dollars per acre here in Texas but my customers don't want to pay anywhere close to that. Usually I charge around 60 dollars per acre for just straight mowing but I think I'm gonna have to charge 75 minimum from now on. I can cut 2 acres per hour with my mower and my customers feel they are getting ripped off because I get the job done so fast. If they only new the amount of money it takes to run this kind of business.
06-07-2011, 10:03 PM
That's why I specialize in small lots, whole lot easier to figure out and I can get
$30 in 20 minutes in the shade, why should I bust my tail in 90 degree weather
for two hours for the same lousy $20, if they don't want to pay more that's fine
by me I just tell them to call someone else.
06-07-2011, 10:27 PM
Sounds like you have to know your customers better. Meaning that if they are a doctor, engineer, etc where they make over 50K a year $75 a cut isn't a whole big deal. Now ask that to a widowed old lady, living of her husband's pention or the Blue Collar factory laborer, they will look at you like you lost your mind.
06-07-2011, 10:58 PM
$50 is the going rate for an acre here and each additional acre is around $35.
06-07-2011, 11:02 PM
i charge $50 for a 1/2 acre...usually try to charge $75 for 1 acre...sometimes you may have to come down to $65....the reality is the bigger the yard the less money you make...i did a 3 acre yard and made $150...so that's $50 per acre...it goes down per acre the more you do....people just aren't willing to pay that much....i would shoot for $75 if you can.
06-07-2011, 11:45 PM
Here in the upper midwest, seems like $45 (minimum bid) for the first acre followed by $25-$35 for the additional acres depending on clutter is the norm. Any thoughts of bidding more will just result in an exercise of futility and an extra stamp. Pretty much don't bid much anymore. Just let word of mouth work, and when they call present those #'s, and I get some, and I don't get some.
06-07-2011, 11:54 PM
HOLY MOLY MAN,,,,,,, that's wayyyyy to much, here we charge 45 to 55 PA.
depending on creeks and such....
we can rough cut a 10 acer lot in about 2 hrs. this leaves us right at 250 per hour
Something as small as 1 acer I really would n't even mess with
06-08-2011, 10:27 AM
Good information guys. No wonder I'm getting so many calls on these lots when my local competition is charging 75 pa and I have been charging 60. Are prices generally the same for rough cut and finished cut?
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06-08-2011, 12:59 PM
I think the big question is what type of equipment are you using? If you are using something that can get the job done in about an hr, then your price is about par. An acre shouldn't require you to be at that prop for more then an hour, including trimming and edging.
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