how long should it take

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by raymow, Jul 23, 2001.

  1. raymow

    raymow LawnSite Member
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    i have a vibrum shrub ------720'x8'wx4'h
    how much timeshould it take to trim?
     
  2. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When you ask "how much time to trim?" what do you mean by trim? Does this mean a light trim or heavy prune? What do you use to trim? Manual shear, electric, or gas trimmer, and bar size? Just trying to get a feel for what you have to work with all the way around.
     
  3. raymow

    raymow LawnSite Member
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    i use a stihl pole trimmer.
    talking about a light trim, 3to 4" off the top!
     
  4. raymow

    raymow LawnSite Member
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    would you guys charge more because its more manual intenisive?
    or base rate? TIA RAYMOW
     
  5. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would charge $35 per hour for trim and cleanup
     
  6. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'd charge my hourly rate with clean up ....... $ 35 n hour with extra charge for dump run ...... is not off base in your area ... on a Commercial it would be around $45 n hour with a $50.00 per dump run

    how long should it take ...... matters on your back ......

    what I have done ...... using past experience is fiqure how long it takes 1 guy to do a 75' section ....say this is 1 hour (includes clean up ...lite trim 3-4") ..... than a 720' should have about 9.6 man hours

    either way what you charge should be based on your past experience with similar type work .... you should be able to predict your own ability to this size hedge .... even comparing it to smaller jobs of the same shrub
     
  7. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree with the above pricing, but I would add 10-15% just to be safe. It will also give you some room to negotiate if needed and still be where you want the pricing to be. Let us know if you get the account and how it works out.
     
  8. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    If you will be charging say $35 an hour for shearing work,
    you should be charging $25an hour for clean-up work,
    and if ladders are involved $40 an hour for shearing.

    You should get the most money for Ladder work, but you should charge a little less for the guys you have doing the clean-up.

    Just my .02
    Kris
     

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