100 acre cemetery

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  1. olebrooklawn

    olebrooklawn LawnSite Member
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    It's a 3 year bid. I'm thinking exmark vantage? What y'all think?
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  2. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    Keep fleet pricing in the back of your mind-think deere. I would think your area dealers would be lining up equipment for you to demo if you ask them.
     
  3. TPendagast

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    Yea it would be a really good place for stand on units… tight area, great visibility so you don't back up into something, good transport speed…. guys could get silly tired walking all day… unlike mowing residential there isn't going to be much of a break hopping in the truck to transport to the next job.

    Also a place in the gas tank to hold a big drink. or at least some place to hang a drink holder…. stander units should have that.

    I really like the Exmark vantage although, I have never owned one.
     
  4. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    As a friend let me say to everyone speculating how it needs to be done-

    1. We don't know what is in the contract.
    2. It might be a flat monthly price paid over X months.
    3. It might be bi-week.
    4. The OP hasn't been there to have a serious look at it.
    5. I have yet to find a person who can keep up with me on a trimmer for $10/.
    6. I have no problem making 3 people run trimmers all day when it has to be done. They cry for an hour and then they get the work done.
    7. One 60" mower keeps pace with one hard working trimmer-dude in a cemetery.
    8. 100 acre accounts pay over 100K a year. Get in the game-anyone can do this. Have you ever ran a full tank of gas through your ztr without shutting off the deck? There are guys like me who call this a job.
     
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  5. ANA Proscapes

    ANA Proscapes LawnSite Member
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    Standers are good in flat cemeteries. There not so good in old hilly cemeteries with lots of dips and steep hills. The main issue is there a fixed mid mount deck. So when you go over humps it will scalp the grass and leave bald spots everywhere. Walkbehinds with velkes are much better choice because you can easily push down on the handles to lift the deck to go over hills and dips and even small comer stones. It's all about being as versitile and efficient as you can. The more you can mow the less you have to trimm.
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  6. ANA Proscapes

    ANA Proscapes LawnSite Member
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    We have the same Veiw on cemetery mowing. I call it a job, day in and day out. There isn't any one that can keep pace with me either and the guys defenitly cry everyday we show up there, but they get over it quick. I also agree with you that we are all making blind suggestions. That is why I ask for a picture. All of my suggestions are base purely on experience.
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  7. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
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    I had a 100 acre cemetery here. 60 acres were developed. It took 6 big 60"+ bad boy ztrs to mow 1 day, and 8 guys to trim 1 day. I did it for $90k and contract stated grass couldn't get over certain height. The way i used the chemicals i came out really well on the job. We used grass inhibitors and didn't have to mow as often. Guy mows it now for $80k now. He has 5 hustler Super zs converted some to propane. It takes him 3 days to mow. Guy before us did it for $76k, he had 6 kubota diesels and some diesel hoppers. Hope this helps, they let us spray 4 inches of poison around tombstones to preserve them from trimmers, and it still takes that long trimming.
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  8. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    They dont make floating deck standers?
    (honestly I havent used standers since 2005, so I havent looked that closely)
     
  9. olebrooklawn

    olebrooklawn LawnSite Member
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    google earth picture

    cedar cemetery.jpg
     
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That's big for sure I would run 60'' maybe 72'' if you get it down the rows
    The biggest one I done was 22 aces Took 2 guys 5 hrs mow it and 5 hrs to trim it is above ground stones.
    I ran 60'' mowers I took care of it for 3 yrs then more people started to bid on it and the price went down hill I mowed it in one day now it take 3-4 days for the company to mow it. With a Walmart mower

    Good luck on your bid
     

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