Bush Hogging Prices in MO

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOturkey, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
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    Saw a flyer today for bush hogging, and thought I'd pass this along. Guy has two different sizes, 15 foot, and 7 foot for smaller properties. Says no job too large or too small.

    The gist of it was this. Thirty acres and up, starting price, $8 per acre! Smaller properties are $37.50 per hour. I'm assuming the $8 is his minimum, although the flyer gives the impression it is less for more acreage. I figure the $8 figure is for cutting relatively flat, overgrown weeds and such. Surely he charges more for cutting sprout patches?

    Don't think I'll run out and invest $50,000 or so in a new tractor and bush hog anytime soon.

    I can't wait to see a reply from Mr. O'Brian. :)
     
  2. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sounds like some old farmer trying to make a house payment. I cant see anyone staying in business on those prices. I made 800 today alone. Going back tomorrow for another 800 plus a 200 lot in another neighborhood.

    Gave a quote today of 140 per acre on 14 acres of land. About a day and a half work.
    At 8 acres he would have to do 40 per day just to make 320.

    I get that much for an acre and a half
     
  3. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
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    Kevin, sorry I mispelled your name. Long day. :)

    From the flyer, I got the impression this guy is in the bush hogging business, although he may well be a farmer trying to make a little extra on the side. At those prices, I don't see how he can clear enough to pay expenses.
     
  4. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Neither can I.

    I run a small tractor and I figure in the long run it still costs me around 40 to 50 per hour between transportation, fuel, maintenance and repairs
     
  5. redneck1198

    redneck1198 LawnSite Member
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    all of the bush hogging i do starts out at $150 and goes up. even if its a 1/2 acre. and for bigger jobs it never goes below $50 an acre.
     
  6. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
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    hey Mr Neck. I think you are killing yourself right out of money. Everyone I know regardless of location has at least a 200 minimum. Fuel trucks and tires are getting too expensive.
     
  7. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
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    I charge a minimum of $350 to $400 depending on my mood. Just hooking up the bushhog, loading it in the trailer, and driving 5 to 20 miles kills 1/2 a day.
     
  8. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    man, it sounds like I need to get into the brushog business.
     
  9. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
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    To me its better than mowing lawns. I make more in the summer on the tractor than i do the rest of the year cutting lawns. It is harder work in a lot of ways.

    Extremely hot. Sit in one spot for hours at a time. a lot dirtier. more yellow jackets than you care to imagine.

    Potential repair bills that are more than a used ZTR. But when life is good its great.

    This is all honesty.in august i made 12,700 on the tractor, and thats 16 days of work.

    I have 214 hours on the one I bought in April and have already grossed over 40 grand with it this year.
     
  10. redneck1198

    redneck1198 LawnSite Member
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    KTO. the bad thing about the $200 min is there are lots of guys doing bush hogging down here and they charge $150, so if i push my rates up i lose alot of work
     

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