Crazy, Crazy job!!

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by bobcat_ron, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    40 acres of beautiful fall rye (??) seeded last year, the customer wants to plant blue berries in it, and the grass must go, so he want's me to mow it down, what a shame!
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    1 acre per hour (40 acres) X $80.00 per hour= $3200.00 contract.

    I will confirm with him on Monday, he can make a cash crop for that price!
     
  2. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    better get a baler...
     
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you mow it won't it all grow back ?

    I will bring my Stihl FS110 and knock all that down in a couple hours :laugh:

    Wouldn't it be easier to scrape all the crap up with a excavator with your brothers wide ditching bucket or dozer the stuff ?

    You sure get some weird farm jobs.

    You must go to value village for your T shirts :laughing:
     
  4. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    mow it and then spray i suppose is the plan? is he leaving grass stripes?
     
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    What are you mowing it with a weedeater?
     
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's going to be ploughed up for berries, so the owner wants the grass right down to the ground, the flail I use does a nice job of it, an acre per hour is what I base it on if the grass was so thick, you can't even see the dirt, this field there are lots of open spots and thinned out grass.

    Either way, I love mowing with my Kitty Cat!
     
  7. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That is about what we charged with a tractor and bush hog in the past. We usually on did for or five acres at a time though.
     
  8. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Doesn't anyone bale hay there? I'll bet somone would cut for free just to get the hay.
     
  10. BIGBEN2004

    BIGBEN2004 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Or just cut it down and let it bleach out and bale it for straw, that is what we do and our diskbine will cut it as close to 4 inches and then if he wanted it closer your mower would be able to do it easier.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdir5QdgD4w
    That is one of our fields of rye that is straw.
     

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