How much does it cost to cut a lawn?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by curlawngreen, Sep 16, 2001.

  1. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
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    BUT, when I started to do the numbers I came up with three figures;

    Max Annual Income, Desired Annual, Minimum Annual Income.

    I divided those figures by the weeks and hours I planned on working and came up with my hourly rate...

    And I'm not far off from what I've read here.
     
  2. LazyWeekends

    LazyWeekends LawnSite Member
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    9375 sq. ft
    It takes me, on average, 1.25 minutes to cut 1000 sq ft. So this job, without trimming or edging, would take 11.71 minutes. I always round it up to the nearest 1/4 so say 15 minutes.

    My costs using a 44" Toro Z Master, including labor, repairs & maint., oil & gas, depreciation and overheads are $26.70/hr. This includes expenses for my truck and trailer. If I was using trimmers and edgers it would be an additional $4.30/hr. I then add on 15% and multiply that by the hours and minutes it would take to do the job.

    So for this example, without trimming and edging, the charge would be $7.67. But, having said that, I don't take my mower off the trailer for anything less than $25, so the calculation is purely academic.
     
  3. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
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    neighbors kids cost is plus 5 dollars. daddy bought mower an gas.
    an momma gives him 5 to cut his music off an get out o the house.:D justkidding ,but it probably happens.
     
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    GREAT QUESTION...

    ... I've been asking that on myself for the past 11 years. I'm not sure if there is a exact answer. We all buy different mowers for different amounts (new or used equipment). Not all of us have liability and/or medical insurance. Fuel prices vary by where we live. So does what we pay our help (FT or PT).

    But that doesn't mean you have to operate your business and live in a vacuum.. i use QuickBooks Pro 2000 to help me manage my business. The reports section of this software is most helpful...especially the P&L and Cash Flow Statements.

    As for how much does it cost to cut a lawn, I use this "rule of thumb". I charge $55/acre or $65/hour (which ever is more). And that will most likely go up in 2002. Hope that helps.

    rodfather
     
  6. BOBCAT36

    BOBCAT36 LawnSite Member
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    I START @35.00 AND UP I DONT LOWBALL. :blob2:
     

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