55 Acre Mowing Bid

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by osmann_lawn, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. osmann_lawn

    osmann_lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am working on a bid to mow 55 acres. Its all flat straight forward no trimming. (small airport grass run way). I have a John Deere 3203 Compact Tractor with 8ft grooming mower. I have no idea how to even bid something this big for the city. I was thinking around 1 grand. let me know what you think?

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    How often do they want it mowed? Around here it would go for about $15/acre.
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  3. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    If you get it you might want to invest in a WAM. A 60-72 ZTR will be more efficient than the 8ft tractor. I was thinking $750-800, 1000 would be better though. I would say a grand if its biweekly unless it looks like grass that grows like crazy.
     
  4. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'd say 15 to 20 bucks an acre. Those are easy accounts.
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  5. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yeah, I would say about 15 to 20 bucks an acre also. I hope you get it :)
     
  6. osmann_lawn

    osmann_lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    once or twice a year. So the grass will be long... so at $20.00 an acre we are looking at 1,100. Does that sounds like a fair price?
     
  7. B-2 Lawncare

    B-2 Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    1000 Bucks is cheap, we get 65 an acre using a brush hog.
     
  8. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
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    Yes, thats about the going rate here for bush hog/shredder 20 to 25 an acre. If your mowing it twice a year with a finish mower you will probably have to double cut it. You really need a bush hog rather than a finish mower. Surely the run way is no longer used?

    I use a 75hp John Deere with a 15 ft bat wing for this type of work. I have a Utility Co. account I shred around 350 acres 2 to 3 times per year. Many areas the grass,weeds will be over the hood especially in the spring.
     
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  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
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    ooh twice a year, thats different. Thats brush hogging to me. I would say 3 times the price of a weekly mow to brush hog. I was thinking 750 per mow so 2250 for brush mow?
     
  10. osmann_lawn

    osmann_lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you think only doing it once or twice a year it would not be worth it to 1,000?
     

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