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Old 02-23-2010, 05:47 PM
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hourly rate

hi everyone i'm planing on starting my lawn maintenance business soon and i would like to know if anyone can help me establish my hourly rate on my equipment, wich so far it is a 60" exmark zero turn, a 52" walk behind ekmark hydro, edger, line trimer, blower, te esentials along with hand tools, i'm planing on working in the notheast tx area,

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Old 02-23-2010, 05:49 PM
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400 hr........................
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:52 PM
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400 hr........................
will that even cover expenses?
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:54 PM
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most solo guys shoot for $60hr no matter what their running. But every area is different. That also is assuming your using the right equipment. Of course you cant charge 60hr to mow a 2 acre lot with a 21.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:20 PM
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most solo guys shoot for $60hr no matter what their running. But every area is different. That also is assuming your using the right equipment. Of course you cant charge 60hr to mow a 2 acre lot with a 21.
thank you for the advise.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:22 PM
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I average it to $1/min, or $60/hr if you will for residential lots. A $25 lawn I can generally cut and trim in 20-25 minutes. It's less than a 2min drive between them all. I only run 21" mowers, so profit is good. With larger mowers I'd charge a bit more, more so for the added fuel and maintenance costs.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:23 PM
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I charge $60hr for each guy who just mows and $30hr for guys who mainly trim and blow. You should always get around $80 to $100hr for a two man crew.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:40 PM
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I completly agree with JCPM. Try to stay around $80-$100 for two man. Some may think thats a little too much but if your running the properly sized equiptment for the job most will be happy with that rate. I usually like to throw an average price to a potential customer at an estimate and then ask if i can mow it once to get an appropriate price per time.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:50 PM
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awesome! thank you all guys, God bless.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:14 PM
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$70/hr, but i'm in an area where prices are from $35-100/hr. you need to find out how economical you and your equipment is, what the market can bear, and how much you want to make. $60/hr or $1/min is a good average number to shoot for when it comes to mowing/maintenance.
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