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Old 03-16-2009, 09:42 AM
LwnmwrMan22 LwnmwrMan22 is offline
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I agree it begins dropping pretty quickly after you have a commitment for more than 4-5 acres. I was talking about three distinct fields with fences and high expectations. Working with and around 2, sometimes 3 teams, coaches, and the A.D. I can't and wouldn't use a WAM on an athletic field and have not been interested in or invited to quote the larger areas.

It is a different deal, but we're not miles apart. I think the biggest difference in what I said above is that I did not reset the $50 first acre meter for the second and third fields. After that, I was at $25 per additional acre. That said, I am not equipped to mow a 15 acre property for $400 (50+(14x25)).

Mowing is a small part of what I do and I don't do many.
Correct, but with 2 hours per week to do it, I can go out and make $50 per hour for my own pocket. Yes I realize there are costs associated with that, and if I were to send my guys out to do it, then it wouldn't be worth it.

However, I can do it at 5 am, 12 noon, 5 pm or 9 pm, it doesn't matter as long as there's not a game in progress.

It's usually something I get up early to go do, stop at the gas station, get a doughnut, put on the radio and mow with the sunrise. The extra mowings I don't have to trim, just keep the grass playable, so it's just driving around at full speed, since the grass was just cut 2 or at most 3 days ago.

If you miss a small strip here or there, it's not even noticable.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:25 PM
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Our school bid, it's roughly 50 acres spread out with 30 acres at a senior high, then 20 more at 4 other schools.

At $75-100 per acre, that would be $3750 - $5000 per cut.

I can get the $75-100 per acre price for my smaller commercial accounts (banks, strip malls) but the large stuff around here goes for about $20-25 per acre.

We're on a seasonal with it, so if it's dry for a month - 5 weeks, that's just money in the pocket, which changes the numbers dramatically.

The last time it was bid, there were 4 companies within $2,000, one company at $5,000 more and one company at $40,000 more.

I'm sure the one company at $40,000 more was looking at a strict acre pricing.

The 3 other companies that were bidding, they were going to use standers and small zero turns, 1 each.

2 of those companies used to take all week to get the district done, we get it done in a day and a half, move onto other accounts.
Large sites here go for less than $20/acre. I bid more than that, and if I get it, great, if not, well, I'll let someone abuse their mowers for not much profit. A town that owns a total of 18 acres of land was just bid out, and the winning bid was $325/cut.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:51 PM
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Large sites here go for less than $20/acre. I bid more than that, and if I get it, great, if not, well, I'll let someone abuse their mowers for not much profit. A town that owns a total of 18 acres of land was just bid out, and the winning bid was $325/cut.
are you saying I am not gonna make money on that $325? What did you bid?






















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