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tiedeman
07-23-2004, 10:08 PM
Well, I have a residential customer, the one with a 4.1 acre lawn, that I do weekly. He was having company come up from out of state and was wondering whether I could mow his other properties for him (which usually his dad mows it, split up over the entire week) to make them look nice.

So we started on the project yesterday, mowed for 3 hours, and finished up today mowing and trimming and it took 5 hours today, a total of 8 hours. I still haven't got the complete measurements on the lawn yet, but from what I measured today it was 12.6 acres and still counting.

I still haven't figured out a price yet for this property, and price is of no issue for him.

Just thought that I would tell my story.

bonerigo.1
07-23-2004, 10:11 PM
The biggest I do is a 10acre lawn that takes me 6 hours. Get on a 72 inch, turn on the Peltors and off i go.

Expert Lawns
07-23-2004, 10:12 PM
price is no issue? how about a quadrillion thousand dollars

tiedeman
07-23-2004, 10:14 PM
Originally posted by Expert Lawns
price is no issue? how about a quadrillion thousand dollars

I was thinking more like one billion...ya know, its a nice round number

CamLand
07-23-2004, 10:20 PM
Originally posted by tiedeman
I was thinking more like one billion...ya know, its a nice round number


Uncle Scam will like your price...payup payup payup

Pecker
07-23-2004, 10:27 PM
How about $480 per cut. . .or you could make him a deal at $450.

HayBay
07-23-2004, 10:30 PM
One residential customer we get $120 for 5 acres of grass to cut. 2 big hills. Corner lot. Just discharge this one. With 2 people it takes 2 - 2.5 hours , with 1 person 3.5 - 4 hours. We are cutting every 10 days at this time of year, but usually its weekly. When the grass is growing fast you can add an 1/2 - 1hour onto that time. This property is not fertilized.

If you calculate that hourly it doesnt pay out like some smaller lots, but I couldn't see this customer handing over more that $500/month for their lawn. Thats almost a mortgage payment.

One advantage is you only load and unload 1 time for that money.

Expert Lawns
07-23-2004, 10:30 PM
$60/hr is good money for a group of lawns. are they near each other? what's your windshield time

lawnman_scott
07-23-2004, 10:57 PM
Originally posted by HayBay
One residential customer we get $120 for 5 acres of grass to cut. 2 big hills. Corner lot. Just discharge this one. With 2 people it takes 2 - 2.5 hours , with 1 person 3.5 - 4 hours. We are cutting every 10 days at this time of year, but usually its weekly. When the grass is growing fast you can add an 1/2 - 1hour onto that time. This property is not fertilized.

If you calculate that hourly it doesnt pay out like some smaller lots, but I couldn't see this customer handing over more that $500/month for their lawn. Thats almost a mortgage payment.

One advantage is you only load and unload 1 time for that money. on a property like this $500 probably isnt even the tax.

Mdirrigation
07-23-2004, 10:58 PM
Originally posted by HayBay


If you calculate that hourly it doesnt pay out like some smaller lots, but I couldn't see this customer handing over more that $500/month for their lawn. Thats almost a mortgage payment.



That is relative to where you are located, I had customers paying 175 per cut every week in 1986 , the guy who bought the accounts from me is getting 250 per cut , they are 3 man hour jobs. Here in the annapolis area a $ 500.00 mortage wouldnt buy you a 1 car garage . A 2 bedroom rancher on a 75 by 200 lot in a regular blue collar neighborhood runs $ 250,000.

lawnman_scott
07-23-2004, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by tiedeman
So we started on the project yesterday So solo didnt work out? It never would for me, getting too old and lazy.

EastProLawn
07-23-2004, 11:02 PM
Tiedeman, god bless you, I don't think I would want to be on the same property for more than 2 hours.;)

tiedeman
07-23-2004, 11:03 PM
Originally posted by lawnman_scott
So solo didnt work out? It never would for me, getting too old and lazy.

nope didn't work out for me. He started working on Wednesday...man I miss having employees

chefdrp
07-23-2004, 11:28 PM
i try and go 40 bucks an acre.

HayBay
07-23-2004, 11:59 PM
Bank rates here are %3.50 for an open line of credit. 5 3/4% closed 5 year mortgage. Prices in Napanee are half the price of city homes.

We are country folk now. No bylaw enforcement, no neighbours 5 feet away. 4 acres to test different products on, dump leaves, clippings.

The biggest guy in town is charging $35 per cut on 30,000sq ft.
Sucks to be me I guess.

Mikes Lawn Landscape
07-24-2004, 06:46 AM
Originally posted by tiedeman
So we started on the project yesterday, mowed for 3 hours, and finished up today mowing and trimming and it took 5 hours today, a total of 8 hours. I still haven't got the complete measurements on the lawn yet, but from what I measured today it was 12.6 acres and still counting.

Well according to members on this site the price should be:

16 man hours X $60 per man hour = $960 anything less and your losing money you lowballing scrub.:D

12.6 acres in 8 hours chevyman could have done it in 20 minutes:D

txlawnking
07-24-2004, 08:53 AM
Originally posted by Mikes Lawn Landscape
Well according to members on this site the price should be:

16 man hours X $60 per man hour = $960 anything less and your losing money you lowballing scrub.:D

12.6 acres in 8 hours chevyman could have done it in 20 minutes:D


HAHAHAHA:D :D :D ROTF....

txlawnking
07-24-2004, 08:59 AM
I agree with chef.. I'd try to price it by the acre.. If the guy's got 12 something acres... And wants someone else to mow it..He'll pay your price...

It's interesting, down here, the biggest propery I've mown yet, was 3 acres.. Anybody that has 12 acres around here.. has their own tractor to mow it with...So far. MAybe I'll pick up a big acct soon, but most of mine are less than 1 acre.