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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Neil M, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. Neil M

    Neil M LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    My subdivision has about 20acres of common area that we have cut. I'm thinking of putting in a bid, but would like some input on pricing. I'm looking at about $400-$500 a cut. do you guys charge a reduced rate per acre because no travel time. Also, how long would it take with a 61" scag tt. any input would be great.
     
  2. lawnboy2068

    lawnboy2068 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 104

    I am not bashing here but I think that you need to re-think your numbers. $500.00/20 acres is only $25.00/acre. Yes we reduce prices but that is a little much. We don't even cut a 1/4 acre house for $25.00. I would say on the low side $60.00/acre, but this also depends on what your area is getting for this type of work.

    Our 72" groundmaster can cut about 10 acres a day so a 61" Scag will be close to that, maybe 8 acres a day. So it will take you 2.5 days to cut this without trimming. So by your pricing you will be making about $200.00 a day. If you can pay your bills and live your life on this then by all means charge that amount. But I'll say that your numbers are a bit low. I would double that number and then some. I would be at least $1200.00 if not $1400.00 for this job.

    Think about it some more and then make your decision.

    James
     
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    i agree!!!!:clapping:
     
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    I do agree that $4-500 sounds a bit marginal.
     
  5. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    I don't agree with these numbers either. I mow a 25-30 acre Solo plant with my 61" TT in 10 hours and we charge $1200 per cut but it's a lot more work than mowing common areas-tons of edging and weedeating. I don't think they will be willing to pay $1200-1400 per cut for common areas. Most HOA's are really tight. They wouldn't pay that in Ga., but I do agree about areas being different.
     
  6. P.I.L.C.

    P.I.L.C. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    I can mow about 2.25 acreas an hour with my 60. I figure I'm mowing at about 5mph with 80% efficiency for overlap. I try to get about 55 per acre depending on how much trimming we have to do.
     
  7. Neil M

    Neil M LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    I thought that that seemed low thats why I haven't bid it before. I'll have to check with the person that keeps the books for the subdivision. I thought that they only paid out about $13000.00 for the year, which comes out to $500 per cut on a 26 cut year. Is this why HOA's suck.
     
  8. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,675

    Only 8 acres a day!! You cant be searious. I can cut our land here 7 acres in just over 2.5 hours with my 260Z and I have several obstacles. His mower should easily average 2 acres per hour. Price seems a little low but not too much for here. Around here if I bid a property that size at $1,400 I'd be laughed out of town. My bid would be in the $7-800 range. With you and one helper this should only be a 1 day job.

     
  9. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,444

    I'd not do it for that.... if it's really "easy" $45 an acre would be my minimum. And yes HOAs do usually "suck". But at least it's not a bunch of patio homes with 50 little retired "master gardeners" standing around telling you what to do.... We did one of those for one season and even though I shut them up and shooed them inside on the very first time we cut it I didn't even bid it the next year.... and it changes hands every year... it's big joke around here as to which LCO is gonna get sucked into it next.
     
  10. tlc23

    tlc23 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 117

    Is it all open area? How much trimming and edging?
     

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