honest approx times

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mikesjumpingin, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    I have searched and read many posts on time it takes to cut sqft, but I need approximate time estimate for the following:

    Exmark 48" Metro HP w/sulke
    trim & blow
    some trees/typical yard
    no major obstacles
    quality job

    How long might it take you (assuming you are beyond the learning curve) (approx time range?):

    10,000 sqft, Solo.

    I like the idea of visiting the yard and using some good guess work, but I'm starting out and I need a guideline for how many customers I can service while leaving open time for rain/back-up jobs.

    I'm also trying to come up with the highest justifiable rates I can based on this info.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  2. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    20 minutes maybe? Many variables but I think 20 is a good place to start anyway. Do you have a measuring wheel?
    They got cheap ones here (that work fine):
    http://harborfreight.com/
    Measure off part of your lawn around the house and time yourself.
     
  3. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,261

    15 min mow
    8 min trim
    3 min blow
    4 min unload and load
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    30 min from park to drive


    Mark
     
  4. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    "Measure off part of your lawn around the house and time yourself"

    I just got back from doing this. Since I didn't bring my Exmark 48" home from the dealer yet, I took my daughter's Barbie car for a ride in high gear. Got stuck a lot on snow and ice, but I subtracted that from my total time.

    10,000 sqft: 2 hours before the battery ran dead.

    Okay, just kidding. But a great idea for the spring, thanks!

    Mike
     
  5. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    Nice numbers, Mark. You beat my Barbie car time by 400%.

    I'll have to scrap my secret Barbie Flex Deck conversion. My five-year-old will never keep up with me.

    Mike
    :D
     
  6. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    20 - 30 minutes, I assume with good experience, thanks guys, very helpful!!

    Mike.
     
  7. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 726

    I'd say 25 minutes.
     
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    Mark is that on the high end or not using a sulky? My time was figuring using a sulky.
     
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    At < 10,000 sq/ft I feel that a sulkie may be more of a hinderance than its really worth.

    Thats a 25-30 minute job and should go for at least $35/cut.
     
  10. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    I agree with the times, about 25-30 minutes.

    Hey Tommy! :) Mind if I ask what the price range is on the homes in your area, I mean the homes themselves?

    I ask because I don't think I could get $35 for a 10K sq.ft. lawn around my way, but then again these are only $140K-$175K homes (and really, as little as 5 years ago, they were probably 30 grand less. Prices really went up around here over the last several years!).

    The lawns generally go $25. Maybe $30 for a slightly larger lawn, say 13-15K sg.ft. So, just wondering if the homes are a little higher end where you're at?
    Thanks in advance.

    Jonathan
     

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