Field of weeds, this price worth it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by madmow, Jun 19, 2003.

  1. madmow

    madmow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    I have been asked to mow 1 acre of 4.5 ft. weeds. For labor I would get $150. The rental of the 24 inch machine that can cut the weeds is paid for by lot owner. Is it worth it?
  2. edrenckh

    edrenckh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    You should be able to mow it in 3 hrs (maybe 1). I say you are lucky to get $150. Look into a larger machine though, 24" is small. Maybe a hay cutter thing.

    Make sure of what he wants as an end result. I assume go over it 1x with the brush mower, hitting the high stuff down to 6". In 3-4 days, after it has dried, hit it with a Z or WB if he wants it shorter. Charge him again, and mow every week thereafter. $50 - $60 for the extra mows.

    Now if he wants it bagged........

    Any farmers there? Have them cut and bale it and charge them for the hay. Make $$ on both sides....
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    it depends on how long it is going to take you and what you have to do.

    if it takes all day--bad deal.

    if it takes only one pass with the machine and you are out in three hours--not too bad a deal.

    I did one like that for $350. the agreement was two passes only and I was outta there with a big fat check.

    why doesn't the guy just get it bush hogged? around here, any farmer would do that for $30.


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