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Old 04-13-2014, 12:54 AM
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Raking out lawns

Is it pretty standard when your raking out lawns with a tine rake that its double the mowing rate for 2 directional passes and/or half the mow rate added for a single pass while cutting?

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Old 04-13-2014, 12:58 AM
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Makes sense to me. What kind of tine rake are you using?
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:32 AM
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Its a 46" Jrco front mount.
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:41 AM
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Its a 46" Jrco front mount.

ok for example

if you are going to mow a property and it's normally a $75 cut.

You are using a JRCo… Im assuming you are ALSO bagging AS you cut (with an ultra vac or similar attachment yes?)

You cut north south, then east west, vac/bag as you go yes?

$75 x 2.5 = 187.50… this is WAY cheap compared to the old school way of taking a blue bird power rake, then raking and blowing.

So 1) you are giving them a GREAT deal
and 2) you are making more money per hour than the blue bird man with less effort and equipment expense over all.

so time rake method is win win for both customer and contractor… yes 2.5 times the but should work out ok… you could technically charge a bit more (like $200) and it would still be fine…unless there are a lot of guys using tine rakes in your area and competition is steep.

Remember, certain issues can't be worked out with the tine rake (amoung them are things like pink/gray snow mold) here the blue bird power rake method is necessary… but only for bad extreme matting…and that unit can always be rented.
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:10 PM
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Great answer T...

I really can't add anything...

Accept I will mention that I use the Walker Tine De-thatcher and my rate has always been double...

Not only for the multiple passes, but for the use of the attachment itself...
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:56 AM
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Thanks for the responses guys!! TP, I appreciate you taking the time to explain with breaking it down like that. A&S that makes sense to just leave it at double since otherwise its not paying for the effort/use etc...
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:13 AM
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Walker has their won tine rake and was literally born to do this.

IT is a ton better than the JRco system….however, if you don't have a walker GHS with a tine rake, a mans got to do what a mans got to do….

I don't really understand guys that STILL don't use tine rakes….
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:35 AM
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A) a jrco tine rake doesn't really do the same thing as a walk behind dedicated machine, so I don't think you should be comparing the two. The tine rake is still great though, and I use it all the time during spring clean ups.



B) I charge double mowing price for one pass, triple for 2 passes. Reason being is that I don't like collecting debris while raking. I find that I do a better job when raking as one step, and collecting as another. I actually will take the rake off when collecting so I can get in to tighter areas.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:40 PM
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I like that idea Redsox. Many of my properties have a lot of tight spots as well and that makes perfect sense to me. I'll have to give that method a try =)
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:27 PM
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A) a jrco tine rake doesn't really do the same thing as a walk behind dedicated machine, so I don't think you should be comparing the two. The tine rake is still great though, and I use it all the time during spring clean ups.
For a small lawn I go over once with the jrco then a second time with no jrco ad that's when I bag the debris.


B) I charge double mowing price for one pass, triple for 2 passes. Reason being is that I don't like collecting debris while raking. I find that I do a better job when raking as one step, and collecting as another. I actually will take the rake off when collecting so I can get in to tighter areas.
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