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chefdrp
07-25-2004, 12:34 AM
I know its too early but i am lining up people to find out if they want this service. I have a person that comes to the Rest. and asks me if i would do there lawn. (aerate). Its almost 4 acres. I normaly just take what i charge for the lawn and times it by 3. seems to work well. anyway, if normaly its 45 bucks an acre to cut. does 540 bucks sound about right? And i have never done a large prop like this. 1/2 acre tops. about how long would it take to do with a say 36ish w/b unit?

HOOLIE
07-25-2004, 12:45 AM
I dunno how long...but with one of those walk-behind machines you WILL feel like you've been run over by a bus 4 acres later.

I'm sure you could do that in a day, and $540 ain't bad for one day.

walker-talker
07-25-2004, 12:54 AM
If he bites that $540 price, I would take that money and apply it towards a $1500 Lesco (or other brand) tow behind aerator.

chefdrp
07-25-2004, 01:06 AM
If you are talking about the type that doesnt PULL the plug i dont want it. I want to pull the plug. By not doing this you are in a sence not doing any real good. You are just compacting the soil more. (pushing the soil in and not letting it breath. ) Does this make sence?

LawnScapers of Dayton
07-25-2004, 08:43 AM
I would rent a pull behind plugger for that job......then if you get more of these large jobs buy one......

Derek

walker-talker
07-25-2004, 10:39 AM
Originally posted by chefdrp
If you are talking about the type that doesnt PULL the plug i dont want it. I want to pull the plug. By not doing this you are in a sence not doing any real good. You are just compacting the soil more. (pushing the soil in and not letting it breath. ) Does this make sence? Yes, that does make sense, but I was talking about the kind that pulls the plug. Classen makes a good pull behind unit also.

chefdrp
07-25-2004, 04:58 PM
ok. thanx walker. I will look into it.

gogetter
07-25-2004, 09:29 PM
chef, do you have something to pull a pull behind with? If so, that would definately be the way to go for that size property.
You can rent one in the 4' to 5' range for like $30 for 4 hours. $45 for the day.


Now, just a couple things about your original post that I have questions on.

1. You said you charge 3 times the mowing price. So how did you come up with $540 for a $135 lawn? Just adding a little fudge factor?

2. You mentiond a 36" wb aerater. Who makes a wb that wide? 26" is the widest I've seen.

Wells
07-25-2004, 10:05 PM
gogetter.

I think you must have mis-understood part of his post. He mentioned charging $45.00 per acre to cut, and the property he is looking at aerating is a 4 acre property. Then he charges 3 times the cuting price.

4 acres x $45 = $180
$180 x 3 = $540

chefdrp
07-25-2004, 10:06 PM
gogetter. 45 bucks an acre times 4 = $180 X3= $540 i think. I think thats the size i rented last year. Not sure of the make. I might be wrong.

cantoo
07-25-2004, 10:54 PM
I have a few aerators. One is a former golf course model that pulls plugs on 4" centers and is 5' wide the other pulls plugs on 8" centers and is 6' wide. Using either unit and my 1520 Ford I could do that property in a couple of hours max. Or I could use my Steiner and the 4' front mount aerator that pulls plugs on 8" centers and take a little more time. No one around here would pay that kind of money for aerating. They do for small lots but not for acreage.

gogetter
07-26-2004, 11:47 AM
Whoa! What the heck was I punching into my calculator?????? LOL!
Your math is right, mine was wrong, sorry 'bout that.


Good luck and let us know how it goes if you get it..