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coastallandscapesolutions
11-04-2004, 11:54 PM
What do you all charge for Bush Hog work by the hour? We are looking at bidding on a 500 acre site that wants is cut 6 times a year.

Thanks,

Brian

wanabe
11-05-2004, 12:04 AM
$7-10 per acre is what most advertise here. You will need a 15 foot batwing min, and will take a week to get it done. A new 2515 Bush Hog is runing 10,500 right now+ you will need a 100 Hp tractor to turn it. Not much profit the first year.

DuallyVette
11-05-2004, 12:10 AM
Well, I'm not going to be much help. I have a 6 foot bush hog and charge about $ 100.00 per hour with a $ 300.00 minimum. I usually do small messes for $ 300. The last time I mowed 18 acres of lespadeza and small trees, I think the customer got more than his money's worth. I mow 3 acres for $300 (1.3 hrs-because of obsticles) a few times a year for one customer.

dvmcmrhp52
11-05-2004, 12:48 AM
I wouldn't even turn the key on the tractor for $10/ acre.

$35-$45/ acre open and not overly grown with heavy brush.

On edit: depending on terrain and obstacles.
Rough terrain and many obstacles with saplings it is priced accordingly.

coastallandscapesolutions
11-05-2004, 07:44 AM
The area is 540 acres and is flat and open. It's actually is an airport. There is also a second airport with 75 acres also to be bush hogged.

Richard Martin
11-05-2004, 09:36 AM
Rates vary widely for rough cut work. I have a 2-1/2 acre lot in North Carolina and they charge me $30 to cut it. I don't know what they cut it with and don't care. It keeps the HOA off my back.

WigginsLandscaping
11-05-2004, 09:42 AM
We are getting 65/acre here.

Kev's Lawncare
11-05-2004, 09:51 AM
Call your local Ag. Extension office. They will have the info you need or at least a reasonable place to start.

kingenterprises
11-05-2004, 11:57 AM
WOW! 540 Acres. If you already have the equipment and a way to transport it, you have no problem. Otherwise you are looking at $60,000.00 worth of equipment new and 1/2 that used just to get started. Not included in the above price is a means to transport the equipment. It's not easy to move a 15FT bat wing brush hog, and a 100 horse tractor weighs over 10K lbs.

I'd love to hear how the bid goes and if you get the business. With that kind of equipment, you can mow hiway right of ways, interstate medians and other large acerage.

I'd bet you could keep the equipment busy.

Good luck

orangejbird
11-05-2004, 02:14 PM
Go to your local implement dealer and rent a self propelled discbine. Charge double what the dealer charges to rent. If your cutting 6 times a year there isn't going to be tough growth to mow. You can mow up to 12 MPH in AC comfort with one of those machines.

dvmcmrhp52
11-05-2004, 07:18 PM
The area is 540 acres and is flat and open. It's actually is an airport. There is also a second airport with 75 acres also to be bush hogged.





If it's an airport you probably won't get it for much more than $10-15 an acre.
Personally I'd pass If you don't already have the set up for doing very large parcels.

anteater6788
11-05-2004, 08:18 PM
We charge $10/acre for custom mowing CRP fields for our landlords. It isn't a get rich quick job but it makes the payments on our batwing mower. Our JD HX-15 batwing was around $11,200 last summer but a Bush Hog brand would be just as good. If you are mowing it that often you should be able to mow fairly fast as long as you keep the blades sharp. The disk mower that has already been mentioned would be faster but they windrow the grass which the airport may not like.

kickin sum grass
11-05-2004, 08:33 PM
I did 1.5 acres a few month ago for 410. It was 8 ft tall and nasty. About 1 mile away and used a 6 footer. I have been doing other lots for 50 an hr including drive time to and fro.

Smithers
11-05-2004, 09:50 PM
OrangeJ had the best idea...go to the tractor store and tell them that you want to rent one of their tractors 6 times a year. They will be glad to rent it to you and might even give you a deal since you will be their regular customer. They will even transport it to the area if you'd like.

Then, bit 2 or 3 times higher than what the rental will cost you. You will make a ton of cash and not have any responsibilities for the equipment. You will even write off the rental fee, so there is your best deal.

let us know how it went.

DuallyVette
11-05-2004, 11:10 PM
Rates vary widely for rough cut work. I have a 2-1/2 acre lot in North Carolina and they charge me $30 to cut it. I don't know what they cut it with and don't care. It keeps the HOA off my back.

All I could do for $30.00 would be to have lunch with you, and you would have to buy lunch within a mile of where I was when lunch time rolled around. :drinkup:

Amthormgmt
09-12-2010, 10:01 PM
This post is a little bit late but I don't know how you make any money. I charge $100-175/hr depending on the conditions; (terrain, thicknes/height, etc.) Along with that, the jobs have to be in a 50 mile radius, anything more than that I charge travel time. All my customers are extremely happy with my work and the price. Of course you always get the ones who want it done for $50, well i guess that's what the local farmer in need of some beer money is for. :) I also do Forestry Mulching, and that I charge $275-600/hr with a 2hr min. Most of my mulching jobs are priced by the job. $1000 and up.

JB1
09-12-2010, 10:09 PM
This post is a little bit late but I don't know how you make any money. I charge $100-175/hr depending on the conditions; (terrain, thicknes/height, etc.) Along with that, the jobs have to be in a 50 mile radius, anything more than that I charge travel time. All my customers are extremely happy with my work and the price. Of course you always get the ones who want it done for $50, well i guess that's what the local farmer in need of some beer money is for. :) I also do Forestry Mulching, and that I charge $275-600/hr with a 2hr min. Most of my mulching jobs are priced by the job. $1000 and up.


a little late, he could of been cutting it for six years by now.

stan the man
09-13-2010, 08:30 AM
i get $150.00 hr round here and i do field mowing for Poland spring water in Hollis Maine. i do all the fields and all the pump station that i do for them in the state of maine

John_DeereGreen
09-13-2010, 08:51 AM
I'd love to know how you guys are getting those hourly rates...

Things top out at about 60 an hour here, and I've heard people doing jobs for 25-30 an hour.

stan the man
09-13-2010, 10:11 AM
john deeregreen 1 thing i have learn on this site pricing are all different in all places. i got new tractor this year 30000.00 with back hoe attachment to. plus my driving time to the jobs site are included in the price per hour to time is money. i have to drive all around Maine to mow these field and pumping station for Poland spring bottling company and the price of fuel are different to. i have 18 places at i do for them. pricing on lawn are different to. i cant see 25.00 lawn at some of the guys do on these site.

YardFarmersLLC
09-13-2010, 01:46 PM
I get $50/hr with a foot bush hog/ $25 an acre for customers I know. But on regulars being done several times per year I work with them if it is smooth....

Richard Martin
09-13-2010, 02:24 PM
pricing on lawn are different to. i cant see 25.00 lawn at some of the guys do on these site.

Believe it or not, pricing on lawns is a whole lot closer nation wide then would at a casual glance, seem to be.

If you annualize the price of a given sized lawn from region to region you'd find that the prices are nearly identical.

The reason for this is the differnce in the number of times a lawn is cut in a given region. In the deep south towards Florida you may have in excess of 40 cuts a year. In my area you can push it to 34, maybe 35. Go a little further north into the mid Atlantic and you'll drop 5 more cuts a year. And so-on and so-on.

The prices generally rise as you head further north too. It all works out in the end to about the same annual price.

Remember, there are always individual exceptions to the rule.

ajslands
09-13-2010, 02:38 PM
$7-10 per acre is what most advertise here. You will need a 15 foot batwing min, and will take a week to get it done. A new 2515 Bush Hog is runing 10,500 right now+ you will need a 100 Hp tractor to turn it. Not much profit the first year.

I won't even get in the tractor for 10$ hell I won't even set my alarm clock for that!
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JCLawn and more
09-13-2010, 02:58 PM
for that size of equipment I would think 80-100 a hour is not unreasonable. It depends on the equipment though. How many days would it take you?

cut level
09-13-2010, 03:42 PM
I know my buddy gets anywhere from $110.00 to $120.00 per acre when mowing grown up lots. These are say 3 acre lots, the last of a neighborhood, the ones folks dont want.

I am saying grown up 5 ft tall but relatively flat ground.

JCLawn and more
09-13-2010, 04:20 PM
I must laugh at you guys relating to like 3-10 acres. He is talking 500 acres. Your talking a full week at this place, and what did you say, 6 times a year? at $10 an acres thats 5,000 in a week.

coastallandscapesolutions
09-13-2010, 08:39 PM
You've got to love those that did up old posts. Wow. This was from 2004. So how about this. We mowed the 504 acres using a JD 6000 series 85 PTO HP tractor (with cab and ac) with a Hardee 15' batwing bush hog. The driver spent an average of 67.4 hours per cut to do the job. We got $5280 per cut. We mowed it for three years until the county took it over because of FAA regulations requiring the county to keep the grass shorter. They now cut it every other week because the tall grass creates a safety issue in which someone could hide per Homeland Security via the FAA. 147 gallons of diesel per cut.

howierd3866
09-13-2010, 08:58 PM
thanks for the update....did you rent/lease or buy the tractor and if so do you still have it on another good job.thanks

coastallandscapesolutions
09-13-2010, 09:03 PM
Purchased it with 48 months zero interest. It is used on many other jobs. It never sits idle.

JCLawn and more
09-13-2010, 09:44 PM
Purchased it with 48 months zero interest. It is used on many other jobs. It never sits idle.

Awesome man

DuallyVette
09-13-2010, 11:33 PM
Thanks for the update !!

ylecyote
09-30-2010, 01:13 PM
Youve got a wide range of rates here. This is how I look at it. You are not mowing brush or overgrown grass and weeds and you are covering a large field area. Iowa state has a custom rate survey that lists stalk chopping which would be simmilar in field size and hp requirement and also use simmilar equipment but your not gona have alot of wear and tear on grass mowed 6 times ler year. The average is $9.95 per acre in the state of Iowa. With a 15 ft batwing you should be able to cover about 8 acres per hour at 4.5 mph and do a neet job which relates to about $80 per hour.