Finally found a mowing job that allows 100% mowing capacity

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Flex-Deck, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    Every manufacturer has charts as to how many acres per hr. their machines will mow, but seldom can we as LCO's find a property that allows us to keep the machine mowing at full speed 100% of the time.

    I mowed a grass airstrip yesterday - It is 3100 ft. long, and smooth. Made 5 rounds with the 9 1/2 foot mower (10 min. per round - 50 min. total) all at peddle to the metal.

    Figuring a 6" overlap (being conservative, probably more like 3"), that is 18 feet per round, x 5 = 90' x 3100 =279,000 sq. ft. divided by 43,560 = 6.4 acres.

    6.4 acres divided by 5 = 1.28 acres every 10 min. x 6 =7.68 acres per hr.
     
  2. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
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    ill ask what did u get paid to mow that?
     
  3. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    It is a friend of mine that owns the airport, I just wanted to see what my wide machine would do. On open properties like that I charge 20 - 25 per acre, which in this case would have been $20 per acre (smooth - no obstacles) 20 x 6.4 = $128 in 50 min. which would be $153.60 per hr.
     
  4. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    was just wondering what u get with that big machine when i mowed i tried to get min of 55 acre and some got as much as 75 so i was told lol
    but i dont have a wide machine like that
     
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    Its always interesting to see what each machine is capable of. Our town has a big Jacobson for cutting the athletic fields, I think that machine is in the 10-13' range though. They cut a 120x60yd soccer field in about 10 minutes.

    my 60" gravely has a 8.4ac/hr cut cause I cruize @ 14mph! :) Of course i've never been able to cut an airfield or something similar to see how accurate that is.
     
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    d@mn, time to switch to Bosch double platinum.
     
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes, and their mower probably is in the $40,000 - $50,000 range - Mine is in the $16,000 range total for 9 1/2 ft. AND I bet they cannot mow between bushes 2 foot apart either.
     
  8. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How is 128 dollars the same as 153.60 per hour? You never made 153.6 per hour so please expain.
     
  9. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    Let me see!!! - If one makes 128 dollars in 50 minutes, that would be $25.60 every 10 minutes. I believe there are 6 ten minute periods in an hr. therefore, I am going to multiply $25.60 x 6 , and bingo we have $153.60 per hr.
     
  10. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
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    But how do you make the other $25.60? Who gave you the $25.60?
     

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