Cost per hour to operate your Z

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by naturescaretaker, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just wondering is you all know what it cost to run your Z per hour taking into account fuel, maintenance, etc. by brand. I think it would be interesting to compare all of the brands we run and the maintenance schedules.
     
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Exmarks at $6- $8/hr. depending on machine.
     
  3. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
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    That's a wide range. Can you be exact on what your cost is per hour on the machine only? No other factors.
     
  4. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok, my machines:

    JD 757 w54" deck - $6.17

    JD 717A w/48" deck - $5.96

    JD 1445 w/72" deck $6.53

    JD 1600 w/11' on 3 decks - $6.22

    Walker Model T with 48" GHS - $6.91

    This includes maintenance, fuel, blades, deprecation, etc.
     
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Not sure what your looking for...........
    That's the cost of operation per machine hour, based on expected maintenance, fuel and expected life of the machines, etc.
     
  6. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
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    But you should know your exact cost per hour of running it. $6 to $8 per hour based on 2000 hours would range from $12,000 to $16,000. That's a potential for a $4K loss left on the table at the end of the life of the machine.
     
  7. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    We're talking about three different models of mowers, all being exmarks.That's why the variation.
    The Lazer XS is relatively new so it is but a guesstimate that may be a tad on the high side ($8/hr.) but until proven further we'll stick with it.
    I can't honestly give you a number down to the penny for each model, the numbers have been rounded..........
     
  8. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    If the JD 757 throws a rod tomorow what will it change to?
     
  9. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yup... warranty will have to fix that one. But any mower can toss a rod.
     
  10. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    But wont something like that make your numbers useless? I think $6-8 is a good awnser, i dont see how you can figure it to a penny, unless its in hindsite.
     

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