How many acres per hour

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by farmer1157, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. farmer1157

    farmer1157 LawnSite Member
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    How many acres can i bushog with a 7' @ 5 mph ?What is the going rate per hour.
     
  2. jsw2008

    jsw2008 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I personally don't do bush hogging, but my brother in law does a good bit and he told me because of high diesel prices this year he is charging 100-150 per hr depending on the area to be cut. Not sure about acres per hr. Hope this helps a little.
     
  3. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Figure about 7 ac per hour at that speed and size mower.
     
  4. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    5mph(26400') x 7foot width=184,800 Sq FT. divided by 44000 Sq Ft(approx acre) =4.2 acres

    and thats with no overlapping or running over what you have already cut. 80% efficiency is a good number to go by which would be 3.36 acres/Hr

    hogging goes for about $65/Hr around here
     
  5. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oops. Yours is close, mine was wrong. :eek: When corrected, I came out with 3.6 ac/hour figuring a 6' cut on each pass to allow a 1 ft overlap on a each pass..

    5 X ( 5280/7260 ) = 3.63 ac/hr.
    5mph X ( 1 mile / ac/6' cut )= 3.63
    5 X .72727272 = 3.63
     
  6. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    that would be 85.5% efficiency
     
  7. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    With a sickle bar mower, it would be even higher. I can hold it to under 6" overlap on a 7' bar and never drive over any uncut area after the first 2 passes.
     

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