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Old 04-30-2013, 09:00 PM
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True cost of a mower

What am I leaving out in figuring the true cost of operating a mower?

Cost:
Replacement cost
Insurance
Gas
Oil/filter/grease/air filter
Blades
Replacement of belts/tires/other expected repairs
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:16 PM
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It's going to vary a lot, depending how folks order parts, what kind of tools they use (and do they include the cost of the tools) and so on...

Just for example, the cost of one spark plug can range anywhere from 30 cents to 9 dollars.
Blades too, vary from 7 to 30 dollars, each.
A certain rubber grommet, aftermarket 40 cents, OEM $2.

$250 worth of Hand tools...
Or an entire pneumatic setup with tank and hoses and guns worth well over two thousand...

A $30 angle grinder or the thousand dollar Magnamatic.

How well and how often one does maintenance, how hard the machine is run.
Some folks change their oil weekly, others once a year...
Granted, those are probably all extremes.

What kind of yards does it maintain, who is the operator or is there more than one?

All these things and more affect the cost of a lawn mower over time.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:35 PM
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True cost of a mower

I've almost calculated it costs about $12-15 to run a ztr. I calculated at 2000 hours at the purchase price which comes out to 5/hr just for the mower. Then that doesn't include repairs, gas, belts, blades, etc.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:10 AM
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I'm trying to figure my exact cost of running equipment so I can determine daily goals for my guys.

It becomes difficult when a mower only runs for 15 or so hours a week and only gets used 35-40 weeks a year.

I'm considering figuring my cost at weekly and then dividing by the number of growing season weeks. It might not be correct but the bulk of the use, labor cost, and revenue earned only comes during this time.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:46 AM
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I would figure it like this if you expect 2000 hours of use.

Replacement Cost (Purchase price) +
Maintenance Costs (blades/filters/tires/oil/belts, etc) +
Fuel Costs ( (2000*gallons per hour)*Cost of gas per gallon) =
Total Gross Expenses

Then subtract your expected resale value and that will give you your total net cost. Divide Total Net Costs by the number of hours you expect to operate it and that will be your hourly costs.

Its ridiculous to include hand tools etc because those will last a lifetime and have a value all their own. Also, insurance is an expense that should be figured into overhead.

Remember, you will never be running your mower 100% for every man hour. Depending on what type of properties you maintain, you may run the mower 20 minutes for every man hour or 45 minutes for every man hour. But whatever that percentage averages out to is the percentage of hourly mower cost that should be figured into your man hour costs if you want it to be actually accurate.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:21 PM
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Well, shoot...

Seems to me it's a whole lot easier to figure for every $35 yard, about $10 goes to the mower.
$5 for the hand helds, $10 to the truck, $5 taxes, $5 labor.

Yeah that's a bit rough but it's an example breakdown.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:03 PM
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For daily running cost- fuel, grease, fluids, and if your including the operator. Alot of people have atleast 3 sets of blades per mower or more. Then you have belts filters and then you have misc parts. I would run down the wear able parts on your mower see how frequently you change them and put that into it. Some mowers internally greased so you dont have to worry about that daily. and obviously either the mower payment or paying yourself back for the mower.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:33 AM
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I've almost calculated it costs about $12-15 to run a ztr. I calculated at 2000 hours at the purchase price which comes out to 5/hr just for the mower. Then that doesn't include repairs, gas, belts, blades, etc.
I agree with this, and I think over time, those figures will prove to be fairly accurate for most machines. If you trade often, as I do, depreciation is a large part of the equation. If not, you will likely have more repairs and parts replacement.
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