Hourly cost of a $9000 ZTR mower ?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by 2manymowers, May 15, 2004.

  1. 2manymowers

    2manymowers LawnSite Member
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    Have any of you figured the cost of operating a new $9000 ZTR mower? Depreciation, fuel, oil, filters, blades, belts, other parts replacement, are all expenses. I'm guessing at least $20 per hour cost just for the machine, not counting labor to operate it. Is this close, or am I way off?
     
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it cost you $20 per hour not including labor you better not buy it. Add in the cost of truck and other business expenses and you would be at $75 per hour. You couldn't do business.
     
  3. 2manymowers

    2manymowers LawnSite Member
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    Ok, if it costs less than $20 per hour, that's good! What's your estimate? I'm talking about a 72" with at least a 30 hp gas engine. If someone's post is correct about the 32 hp Generac using 2.75 gal per hour, that's real close to $6 per hour just for gas at today's price. If you depreciate it out for 3000 hours, that's $3 per hour just to own it. There is $9 per hour in those 2 costs alone. What do you figure?
     
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have my 52" HP at $6.375 per hour. With the mower you are looking at and the motor combo I can't really say exactly what it would be.
     

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