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cutting a football field

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnguy, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. lawnguy

    lawnguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    just wondering what some of you guys think this is worth.
    I have a football field to cut that is about 66,000 sq ft. and i have to cut it two times a week. what would you charge.

  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    schools are on a tight budget, so cheap. I know thats bad to say, but its true
  3. Sooners

    Sooners LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    I know a guy with a 60" ZTR that mows one in 22 minutes. I'd probably have to charge $35. What kind of mower do you have? And do you have to trim and blow? That would cost more. I normally like to get $40-$50/acre, but with a straight smooth field I could do it for less. I believe 66,000 sf is approx. 1.5 acres.
  4. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,581

    $35-40..mowing only
  5. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    $$50-55 mowing only, but I'm sure there will be some trimming involved around bleachers, signs, etc..
  6. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    i would go about 45 each cut. 90 bucks aweek.
  7. MOlawnman

    MOlawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 161

    If it is a public school, then you MUST pay prevailing wage to your employees when they are on that account. It is Federal law. In come parts of the country, that could be very high. Most mower operators are considered equipment operators and therefore get a much higher wage. For instance, irrigation crew members, if they are installing pipe or fittings are considered sprinkler fitter or pipe fitters and get paid around $27 per hour here in Missouri.

    The prevailing wage is just a way for employees to make an inflated wage rate.

    These things should be considered when bidding on public projects where tax money is concerned.

    I would think that $35 would be much too cheap and you will be in a losing proposition. I thik you are looking more like $75 to $90 per hour.
  8. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    $65.00 per cut..............
  9. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    Keep in mind also that if it is a "nice" high school level field that most of those are now cut using reel mowers. If it is not an upper level HS field then a ZTR will work.
  10. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    Around here, I'd say $40 a cut....I mowed one with my Dixie in 16 minutes....pretty good money. At the fair, the 50HP Yanmar Diesel Dixie mowed the field in 8 minutes, 30 seconds....just sick

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