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Nelson
10-23-2002, 10:12 PM
What would you charge.....I know it all depends on Mower,
etc etc...All I am asking is for ballpark figures....

1 acre, 100' cow fencing, above ground pool, 3 trees up
front(oak) maybe a few years old.

I am asking because seems like everyone in this rural route
has the same set up almost. Have a chance 2 get more accounts.

Let me know...Thanks..........:confused:

greenman
10-23-2002, 10:37 PM
$70 to $80.

f350
10-23-2002, 11:15 PM
are you by cecil field? if you are consider moving, or put flyer's in mr. magoo's, i bet you'll get alot of call's

GrassMaster84
10-23-2002, 11:56 PM
You should calculate if there is any edging or ditches to trim. If what you said on the original post is all the yard has I would give and estimate of $50-60 dollars. But you are right it does kinda depend on what mower you are using and if you are working by yourself. If you feel that the customer is kinda clueless on lawn management pricing go ahead and charge $70-80. If it will be cut once a week make the price a little lower that if you are gonna cut every 10 days or 14days.

Important Note: Do your best to earn $50-60 an hour.

The Lawn Choupique
10-24-2002, 12:26 AM
$35 would be just about right.

mowngrow
10-24-2002, 12:32 AM
take a look at the area. what is the going rate in that area.
60-80 sounds about right.


its all about the money!!!!

KLMlawn
10-24-2002, 12:49 AM
I wouldn't go near an acre for less than $80, I don't care if they had a 35,000 sq ft mansion on it, it would still be at LEAST $80.
That way I could hire Lawn Choupique to cut it for me and still amke a profit .....

The Lawn Choupique
10-24-2002, 01:10 AM
$80 per hour? I would not know what to do will all that money. You know, it has allways amazed me how from time to time I will read how will some old person dies who never made over minimun wage in their life will leave a million dollars in their will to the local college or some other charity. Yet someone making $80 per hour only has time to complain. Surly at $80 per hour you are a millionair many times over.

LAWnENFORCER
10-24-2002, 01:14 AM
$50-$60

Kevin

KLMlawn
10-24-2002, 01:59 AM
Well, I wasn't complaining, just stating a fact, afterall, my expenses considering insurance, license, certification, etc., etc., are a bit more than I am sure you are paying, plus the cost of equipment and repairs ... oops, sorry, I forgot, you don't have any of those and your "crapsman" never breaks down ... so I guess for the two hours or more it would take you to cut, trim, edge, and blow that property with your 21" mower, I guess you would be runnin' home to mama with that whole $35 you made and think you had found gold "in them thar hills".

Hodge
10-24-2002, 02:34 AM
camly down willy:D

Darryl G
10-24-2002, 03:39 AM
Of course, I'd have to see it, but I'd be in the $60 to $70 range for one acre. That's figuring 1.25 to 1.5 hrs to do by myself with 48 inch mower and sulky.

Fantasy Lawns
10-24-2002, 10:04 AM
Down here Lawn Choupique would be the only one cutting that yard

At $35 per cut .... 42 times yearly that would be about $122 per month ... for basic service on a 1 acre lot which is fairly open n only a little weed wacking .....little edging n blowing around the pool area

Though I would like to more so see about $145-150 per month ...n that's with a 60" Deck .... in n out in less than n hour .... we have some 1 arce that we do for $125 monthly (mow n go's) .... but with the home on it n pool ...it's only about 30 min cut time

It's cheaper down here (no property tax ... a $155k home down here would be atleast $250k+ in Washington DC ....just imagine what some of our $650+K homes would be in your area )

Almost NO one gets those nice fat hourly's ... specialy on what one might almost consider a "mow n go" ..... (not that they are not there .... because they are on beach property or large river front estate ....but it's the detail work which makes the $$ NOT the Mowing)

Also even at that $35 hour rate you would be hard pressed to be booked .... that's the key .... our rate is in that area .... but I have 5 guys doing that 45 hours weekly ....42 weeks a year ...not to mention side work in the off season

Hourly rate only has to do with what it cost you to do business in the area they must work in .... if I was working out of my home that alone would save me almost $1100 per month

Randy Scott
10-24-2002, 12:20 PM
KLM, you surely have heard of placing someone on your ignore list, haven't you? I would say to exercise your right in this manner. Why waste your time with some individuals here. :)

Nelson
10-24-2002, 01:42 PM
Originally posted by f350
are you by cecil field? if you are consider moving, or put flyer's in mr. magoo's, i bet you'll get alot of call's

That's funny f350, No telling what else u might get also...
If u know what I mean....lol lol :p

I also want to thank everyone that posted....It really
helps me out.

Mowwithhustler's
10-24-2002, 05:53 PM
i have a good estimate i would charge them 15 dollars the first time to get there business and 95 the second time to lose there buisness lol j/p charge em about 75/80

Old 5 LawnCare
10-24-2002, 10:03 PM
$ 35.00 ? Wow, Iguess I did good, I got a customer who has right at 1.5 acre, It takes me 2hours to mow, trimm, edge and blow and I am getting $100, And the best thing , I'm using her equipment (So I dont tear my stuff up)

Art Stubbs handy 58
10-24-2002, 10:50 PM
$70 to $80.00 Good luck with the bid:)

Jimbo
10-24-2002, 11:24 PM
End of the season and time to stir up some stink!

I say charge $5.00 less than the guy who is currently mowing it.

:blush:

TotalLawn
10-25-2002, 08:29 AM
Originally posted by Jimbo
I say charge $5.00 less than the guy who is currently mowing it.

What if he's doing it for $35?

Lawn-Scapes
10-25-2002, 09:24 AM
$50 - $60 max

Jimbo
10-25-2002, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by TotalLawn.
What if he's doing it for $35?

$35.00- $5.00 = $30.00 You really should have known.






Just kidding about the $5.00 less. I thought it would get more people fired up.

Jim

TotalLawn
10-25-2002, 04:39 PM
$50 - $60

lawnworker
10-25-2002, 04:55 PM
Seventy dollars take it or leave it. Thirty five dollars, I am speechless. I hope he's kidding us. That won't cover the trip over to the job. Now, if we were talkin one hundred acres to mow at one time $35.00 starts looking pretty cool to me.

Keep em straight out there!!

southerngent
11-30-2002, 08:12 PM
For an acre in S.Central Fl. $35 to $40 is about right....42 times a year = $1470 to 1680 a year

mowerparts
11-30-2002, 10:30 PM
Nelson,
How rough is the ground and what type of mower are you using?
With my Dixie and cutting by myself and with a fairly smooth surface I would figure between 1.5 and 1.75 man hours @$30.00 per hour. If the ground is rough then charge 2 or 2.15 man hours @ $30.00 per hour.

your local association is the PLSA http://www.plsa.org:blob4:

little green guy
12-01-2002, 01:04 AM
2 hours for an acre with a dixie? We have properties that are 3-4 acres that take less than that. You guys make an arce sound so big :) anyway i would charge like 50-60 bucks. good luck

KerryB
12-11-2002, 01:26 PM
$35.00? lol
$70-$80

rodfather
12-11-2002, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by lawnworker
Seventy dollars take it or leave it. Thirty five dollars, I am speechless. I hope he's kidding us. That won't cover the trip over to the job. Now, if we were talkin one hundred acres to mow at one time $35.00 starts looking pretty cool to me.

Keep em straight out there!!

Nope, the Lawn Chopper is serious...you should read some of his other posts:dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy: if you have some time. They are truly amazing.

KMSLawn
12-11-2002, 03:53 PM
Mowing & trimming roughly 40K Ft2 I would have to say at least $80, assuming approximately 1.25 hours per visit.

Kingspointe
12-11-2002, 04:46 PM
after a simple question theres hostility, relax!! 65 would be good though

Flex-Deck
12-11-2002, 08:30 PM
Here in Iowa I could bid $70-80 on every one acre yard in the state, and I can guarantee you that I would not need any mowing equipment, because I would have no accounts

In NY - Hambergers are $10 and in Iowa they are $3.50
In NY - Houses are $750,000 -- In Iowa $200,000

You may need $70-80 in NY - In Iowa, we make money at the $35 level. - Especially if you have a Flex-Deck

deason
12-12-2002, 02:53 AM
60 bucks.

.80 man hrs
2 man crew in and out in 25-30 min

Flex-Deck
12-12-2002, 07:51 PM
One acre - one person - in and out in 17 minutes - including trimming 250' of curb

Jusmowin
12-12-2002, 09:41 PM
Sight unseen I would say between $50 to $75 , If it was a year round contract maybe I would cut them a little bit of a break on the price but not much!

Nelson
12-12-2002, 09:54 PM
Well it's been a while since I posted this Question?

I guess someone went a few threads back.....

But anyway I was awarded the job for $65.00 a
cut, customer would not sign an agreement ?

However I p/u a few other customers on this route....

The good Lord works in mysterious ways.........:angel:

Darryl G
12-13-2002, 01:18 AM
Flex-Deck

You can't be serious? Does that include the time it takes to unload, load, cut, trim and blow? I say NO WAY. Your acres must be awfully small.:rolleyes:

kutnkru
12-13-2002, 01:24 AM
Originally posted by lawnworker
... Thirty five dollars, I am speechless. I hope he's kidding us. That won't cover the trip over to the job. I had the priveldge of meeting "Mr $35" not long ago. The properties were meticulously manicured, so obviously hes able to make money or he wouldnt waste his time. The difference is unlike many of us on here - his state doesnt rape, pillage, and plunder the working man.

If you had the chance to walk thru his territory, see the extreme attention to detail he takes (and makes his crews take for that matter), listened to his biz sense, you too could see how he justifies what he charges.

Cold hard truth of the matter is for his area Steve has the biz savvy of D. Trump without all the high costs of living. Besides, how bad a biz'man can a guy who drives a dodge be -LOL!!!

Walk that mile gentlemen before throwing stones -LOL!!!

Nelson
12-13-2002, 09:59 PM
I am making money beleive me or else I would not
be in the Biz.....

I p/u a few other accounts in the same area &
charged accordingly.........

My overhead might be less than others?

I know what my cost is to operate.... And @ this price
I am making a profit.

Thanks..........




:sleeping:

deason
12-14-2002, 02:45 AM
Originally posted by Flex-Deck
One acre - one person - in and out in 17 minutes - including trimming 250' of curb

Flex deck, would you care to share with what "star wars" type mowers and trimmers you will be using?

I personally don't see that 17 min would be a possibility. Sight unseen I estimate that this property would take at least 12-18 min in trimming alone with a crackerjack trim man. I may have under estimated my time by 5-10 min on my post.

Lets say it took you 10 min to trim. This leaves 7 min for mowing 43560 sq. ft. Now, they have a 2500 sq ft house, pool, trees ect. we will knock off 6000 sq ft. This leaves 37,560 sq ft.

Now, lets go to the high end of the eXmark lazer 72"productivity scale. - the top of the line Lazer Z XP is clocked at 11.0 mph and at 100% efficiency, rated at 8.02 acres per hour. This equates to 5822 sq ft per min. At 37,560 sq ft, it would take 6.5 min to mow this area.

This area is not wide open, and there is no way to run at 100%.(100% is a fantasy #, you can't obtain unless you are sitting still at no load). There are trees, fence, curb, pool, and various other obsticals.

I would have to see it to believe it. :rolleyes:

kutnkru
12-14-2002, 03:53 AM
Originally posted by deason
... there is no way to run at 100% ... 100% is a fantasy #...C'mon you've never seen a median style lawn before. One pass staright up nothing to come back for. Oh, wait Im sorry thats a trailer park -LOL!!! My bad. :D