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onemancrew
06-11-2003, 03:48 PM
This is a veeery good customer. I have cut their lawn for 3.5 years, they also let me trim shurbs & any other small jobs of outside nature. They just bought a new home & it has 3 acres to be cut weekly. This has a small (50 x25 ) pond on ti as well as a pool. Not a lotof trim above the norm. This lawn is mostly flat. Their old lawn was 16 k normal trimming a small hill (35 X15) $45 per cut. I just bought last week a John Deere 737 54" ztr. W hat do you guys think? I'm going to lthe property now. Thanks in advance. Todd:confused:

Barkleymut
06-11-2003, 03:58 PM
With 3 acres I'm sure there are some variables. Many trees? Hills? I would use my judgement to estimate how long the weekly process would take. Then charge a buck a minute. BTW get them on a monthly contract and don't be afraid to charge them enough. You will kick yourself later if you don't.

Lombardi
06-11-2003, 05:05 PM
I recently mowed 5 acres, flat, lots of trees, house and out buildings. Took me 3 hrs. $125.00. A reasonable price, but with larger properties you will usually get additional work to offset a generous price for mowing.

Lawn-Scapes
06-11-2003, 10:12 PM
Well... how did it go?

plowboy81
06-12-2003, 12:38 AM
Two weeks ago, I picked up a 3 acre yard for a company. I bid at 125 and another guy bid at 100 so the woman liked me and give me a chance to get it for 100. No trimming, edging, or anything but mowing. So I took it for 100. Took me 1 hr. 20 min to mow with my hustler (Super Z 60"). Ended up making better than I thought. With a yard that big and a customer that good, it is really hard to lose your tale. Good luck. I might would figure around 90 to 100 site unseen to keep the customer and get neighbors nearby.

stevo22
06-12-2003, 12:44 AM
i wouldn't touch a three acre yard around here less than 140-180 with normal trimming..80-90 is just too low...

plowboy81
06-12-2003, 12:48 AM
I live in NC and I also said 90-100 which is only $10 difference, but this is a $10 world. It all depends on the neighborhood, customer, your overhead, your ambition to make money, and how fast you are. My price would probably be different if I had to price it and could look at it. Just my .02

2 man crew
06-12-2003, 12:55 AM
Originally posted by Lombardi
I recently mowed 5 acres, flat, lots of trees, house and out buildings. Took me 3 hrs. $125.00. A reasonable price, but with larger properties you will usually get additional work to offset a generous price for mowing.

You mow for $25.00 per acre?????
I've got plenty of work for you. plus ill give you over time for the side jobs.

onemancrew
06-12-2003, 12:58 AM
Just touching base about the property. Flat no a lot of trimming. I think I can cut, trim & blow in 2hrs.:blob3:

plowboy81
06-12-2003, 01:01 AM
Sounds to me like $100 is close to your price. You know your customers better than I do and you know what they will pay. Another thing, if there isn't alot of beds, trees, and other stuff, you can make a nice profit by installing this stuff for them. Good luck.

onemancrew
06-12-2003, 01:05 AM
I feel as if $100 is a good price. Thanks

Barkleymut
06-12-2003, 06:39 AM
You said it is flat. One thing I have found is on lots this large the ground is sometimes very bumpy. If so you can only mow at half the speed you anticipate. Look the property over very well. Also how far is the property from your shop? How far from your nearest customer? Sight unseen and your estimate of 2 hours I would go with $140.

lawn perfection
06-12-2003, 12:22 PM
I HAVE A 3ACRE ACCOUNT, ITS FLAT VERY LITTLE EDGING TAKES ME ABOUT HOUR & HALF. I CHARGE 80.00

Lombardi
06-12-2003, 03:32 PM
2mancrew,
I base my pricing on time, not by the acre. I make $40-$70 hr., depending on the job. With that particular job I made about $42/hr. If I was closer to MN. I would take you up on your offer. I like to make money. My overtime rate is $85/hr.

jman00
06-12-2003, 07:58 PM
I mow a 2 acre lot with quite a bit of trimming for 80 a cut. I do other side work for him also. It takes me and another man about 1h 15 min.

TaussigLawnCare
06-12-2003, 08:09 PM
if they got a 3 acre yard a pool and a pond and they were happy with the previous service I would mow it for $150 if they like you they will keep you money is prolly not a big matter with them. never low ball to get the neihbors cause they will want it all low to.

onemancrew
06-12-2003, 11:39 PM
Here's the kicker!!!! I stuck to my guns, $100 per cut. He said , well I talked to the guy who owned the property & his guy will has been cutting the lawn for.........................$60, yes Isaid 60. Well better him than me. Thanks guys. Todd:angry:

LawnMowerMan2003
06-13-2003, 12:08 AM
Granted, all I have is a 21" mower, but the price should be the same; I'll just have to work harder untill I get better equipment. I just started a 1 acre lot for $75, and there's hardly any trees. In addition, the edging is very limited, due to there being no fence. I haven't measured the grass, but I know I'm not mowing a whole acre either. I know for a fact I charge less than some lawn services here, and I wouldn't mow 3 acres for $60, not matter what kind of mower I had. I figure, even if my mower could mow 3 times as fast, (maybe a 48 inch?) that would only make up for the mowing, (-$15) and I'd still have alot of trimming to do! I don't know how anybody could make money at that price.

hubb
06-13-2003, 03:50 AM
I charge a rate of $55 per acre. I usually knock of $5 per acre for anything over 2 acres.

DanG
06-13-2003, 09:41 AM
I charge by the hour also on large jobs, $50- $60 depending on the degree of dificulty.
If i was to charge even $30 an acre that would be between $90-$120 per hour.
Nobody around here is going to pay anything close to that rate.:(

Dan

bastalker
06-13-2003, 10:07 AM
Hey LawnMowerMan...How long does it take you to cut one acre with a 21" mower?:(

I usually charge $50-$60 an acre. I just got one client that has a little over 2 acres, they offer me several side jobs. Cut for $125
The neigbor liked the cut, and wants us to cut her 3 acre yard. No obsticles. Told her do it for the same price. One guy on the walker, myself on the lazer. and one guy weed whackin. Takes 3 hours to do them both.

Not many blue collar jobs out there where you can make $30 -$40 an hour after taxes:D