Bush hogging

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by southside, Jan 14, 2000.

  1. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hi,is anyone out there doing slashing<br>(bush hogging)? I clear overgrown lots and<br>am interested in how things are done in the<br>states hourly rates machinery sizes,ect.<br>many thanks :)<br>
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    I have been bushhogging for 9 yrs now. Pull a woods 5ft mower. Price per hour here ranges from $35 to $45 per hour. Some people charge per acre. Small lots go for 45+ depending on degree of difficulty and distance traveled. I have a mininum for long distance traveled. I have a stump jumper on the bushhog.<br>Charles<br>
  3. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,446

    We sub it out. Our sub charges 60.00 minumum (includes 1st hour) 12.00 per 15 min. after that.
  4. jrblawncare

    jrblawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Southside,Charles,or others,I need some help with the bush hog part of a bid.The area is around 5 to 5.5 acres and has been mowed monthly in the past,a few large trees and it is not overgrown.The ground for the most part is flat.I have not done this before and not sure what a fair price would be or how long it will take to do it,The bid calls for this to be done once a month.what do you think.Thanks
  5. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
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    JRB, Over here I work on a worst case <br>scenario of an acre per hour.Thats for real<br>jungle work or Elvis country.For me to do that size job over here,going by your <br>description,I would charge around the 180<br>Australian dollars.(AUD = 63 US cents).<br>If you're not sure work on the acre an hour<br>principle and then multiply that by your<br>friendly slashers' hourly rate.<br>I hope tis helps.<p>Karl
  6. Matt

    Matt LawnSite Member
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    JRB<br> I use a JD 4400 with a 5' brushog. Ican normally do about 1 acre an hour like southside said. I have a minimum charge of $50 and this covers travel and 1 hr. of work, every hour after that is charged at $35/hr. I am going to change my charges due to the increasing cost of travel i.e. fuel price, insurance, trailer maintenance etc. My prices will probably be $40/ hr with atleast a $20 charge for travel within a certain mileage and $30 charge for outside this area.<br>I don't get hung up on trying to be the cheap guy, I consider myself a professional and very knowledgable in my profession. I am the one who has made the investment in equipment and have all the expenses (overhead) associated with operating a business. I don't feel that my prices are high I feel they are fair for the work I am performing. Don't be ashamed to charge what you have to charge to make a comfortable living and make a profit for your company - they are not the same thing.<br>Matt
  7. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    I agree with Matt. I charge about the same as he does. But I have a 3 hour minimum for outlying area(15 miles away). Because unlike grass you are probably going to have to drive back after that. Wooded areas and go for $45 an hour.
  8. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow, are you guys still willing to work so cheap? Move here and I will sub you all the work you can handle.
  9. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 937

    Chuck, thats really low! Most here get $75 hr w/$150 delivery. Bush hogging will absolutely wipe you out w/one mishap. Hole in tire, hit metal post, etc, etc. I have damaged more equipment bush hugging than any other thing I have done.

  10. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    I charge $80 per hour with a $200 minimum.

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