hourly rate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sergsaa, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. sergsaa

    sergsaa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    hi everyone i'm planing on starting my lawn maintenance business soon and i would like to know if anyone can help me establish my hourly rate on my equipment, wich so far it is a 60" exmark zero turn, a 52" walk behind ekmark hydro, edger, line trimer, blower, te esentials along with hand tools, i'm planing on working in the notheast tx area,

    thanks
     
  2. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 995

    400 hr........................
     
  3. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,142

    will that even cover expenses?
     
  4. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    most solo guys shoot for $60hr no matter what their running. But every area is different. That also is assuming your using the right equipment. Of course you cant charge 60hr to mow a 2 acre lot with a 21.
     
  5. sergsaa

    sergsaa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    thank you for the advise.
     
  6. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
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    I average it to $1/min, or $60/hr if you will for residential lots. A $25 lawn I can generally cut and trim in 20-25 minutes. It's less than a 2min drive between them all. I only run 21" mowers, so profit is good. With larger mowers I'd charge a bit more, more so for the added fuel and maintenance costs.
     
  7. JCPM

    JCPM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    I charge $60hr for each guy who just mows and $30hr for guys who mainly trim and blow. You should always get around $80 to $100hr for a two man crew.
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  8. tstutz

    tstutz LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 415

    I completly agree with JCPM. Try to stay around $80-$100 for two man. Some may think thats a little too much but if your running the properly sized equiptment for the job most will be happy with that rate. I usually like to throw an average price to a potential customer at an estimate and then ask if i can mow it once to get an appropriate price per time.
     
  9. sergsaa

    sergsaa LawnSite Member
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    awesome! thank you all guys, God bless.
     
  10. TGM

    TGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    $70/hr, but i'm in an area where prices are from $35-100/hr. you need to find out how economical you and your equipment is, what the market can bear, and how much you want to make. $60/hr or $1/min is a good average number to shoot for when it comes to mowing/maintenance.
     

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