Brush cut 1 1/2 acres

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MysticLandscape, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    S300 with a brush cutter... how long should I expect it to take me? If someone wants to through a number out there too for what it would go for I would appreciate it :drinkup:
     
  2. newtostone

    newtostone LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 681

    typically brush cutting goes by the hour but I would need a min of $350 for moving the machine and doing any work. I always just charge 300 for getting it there and back.

    Just over an hour, are you high flow? and how thick is the area your cutting?
     
  3. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have to rent the attachment too. Sadly not high-flow some areas have a little standing water so I hope the machine will do ok. Nothing bigger than 2 inches...
     
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would not put a wheeled machine in a area with standing water especially with a heavy brush cutter on the front
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  5. Johnagain

    Johnagain LawnSite Senior Member
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    Kajun is right, don't put a wheeled machine near water. That thing will get stuck so fast you'll be sorry. To get it out you will need a dozer. I have stuck my 4000lb 4x4 tractor and needed a tracked steer to get me out. 4x4 truck would'nt budge it. A s300 weighs 8-9000lbs no way a truck would get it unstuck.
     
  6. Johnagain

    Johnagain LawnSite Senior Member
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    As far as time to finish the job there is no way we can tell you how long it would take. For example 2 different properties I have one is 20 acres and the other is 12 acres the 20 acres I can finish in one day about 11hrs. the other 12 acre piece takes over 24 total hrs. just because it is so rough you have to go so slow so it won't bounce you out of the seat. Both of these are mowed with a 6ft brush cutter behind a 35 hp tractor. Normal for that cutter I can do on average about 2 acres per hr. For cutting of this type in my area of FL we get $40-50 hr. for skid steer work it has dropped do much in our area that I have seen it advertised for $35 hr.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011
  7. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I profit $50/hr doing maintenance solo; $70/hr profit with 2 men... is competition this bad for you now? People really bidding brush cutting for $35/hr???? They have to work for hundreds of hours before their machine is paid for, then it breaks... HAHA
     
  8. newtostone

    newtostone LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 681

    Metal over the tire tracks, it will turn your machine into a beast. The only time I take mine off are for the winter. I can't stand my machine without I don't know how people run a tire machine in dirt and push anything without. You can find them real cheap on craigslist or buy them on ebay new for around 1200.
    I run these on my s250
    http://www.loegering.com/tracksystems/F-Series.asp

    Your machine will get stuck much sooner than you'd expect, and when having an attachment on the front it makes it that much harder to push yourself like you would with the bucket. How much is the rental for the brush cutter?
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2011

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