Calculate Cost per Hour to Run Mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NelsonLandworks, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. NelsonLandworks

    NelsonLandworks LawnSite Member
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    Does anyone know a forumla or an accurate way to determine mow much money it takes to run a ztr per hour? Thanks guys,
    Wes
     
  2. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
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    If you have the time to spare, just mow somewhere you know takes more than a hour and time it. start with your fuel tank compleatly full and stop when you have mowed one hour than go and fill your tank and find how much fuel you burned in that hour. the you will need to find all the other expences too, wages, tax, truck and trailer expenses.
     
  3. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
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    thats what I would do, no other way to figure it out unless you have accurate numbers
     
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Cost of the mower divided by average service life hours = $
    Cost of blades divided by average service life hours = $
    Cost of a gallon of fuel divided by average service life hours = $
    Cost of air filter divided by average service life hours = $
    Cost of oil divided by average service life hours = $
    Cost of oil filter divided by average service life hours = $
    Cost of hydro oil divided by average service life hours = $
    Cost of hydro filter divided by average service life hours = $
    Cost of belts divided by average service life hours = $
    Cost of tires divided by average service life hours = $

    Then add some for parts, repairs, grease, ect.
     
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    Then figure in the cost of a new engine, but only do this if you have a suspicion that you will blow it up. But then if you dont think you will and you do, your numbers are useless.
     
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Also the TIME you spend maintaining the machine or the cost to have someone else do the maintenance. Your time is a valuable commodity
     
  7. dh500

    dh500 LawnSite Member
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    By a bit of a co-incidence, I recently raised a similar issue in the home-owner forum looking at the situation from the point of view of a homeowner deciding whether to buy a machine or make use of the services of a contractor.

    I am not sure how to put in a link to another thread, but if you go the homeowner forum and look for a thread called "Homeowner question - to buy or pay" you will find some screenshots of the program I developed in an attempt to get answer the question.
     
  8. NelsonLandworks

    NelsonLandworks LawnSite Member
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    thanks for the info guys, much appreciated.

    dh500-i'm headin over there next, thanks for the info
     
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    This was brought up not to long ago in another thread. I've calculated it to be around $8 per hour depending on the original purchase price of the machine.
     
  10. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    My dealer has it broken down from anything from a 21'' mower to blowers and trimmers to walk behinds, riders and z's. This is over a period of years and an average. I dont have the formula but I have some answers,
    Toro Z 60'' deck ---8100
    unit cost hour ---2.67
    fuel cost hour ---2.71
    maint cost/hr ---0.48
    repair/hour ---2.11
    cost to operate machine =7.97 an hour

    You have to take in account theese are based on 2004 year avg. I think the formula above( in the previous post) is a good one to base cost on
     

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