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How much to charge per an hour?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Z's Lawncare, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. Z's Lawncare

    Z's Lawncare LawnSite Member
    from 20683
    Posts: 210

    I was wondering what do you guys usually charge per an hour for a solo operation cutting and trimming grass?
  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    I was wanting to ask the same question. My goal is 40 per hour. sometimes 60 on my 62" rider (goes much faster)

    but i asked on another thread what people would charge for a 6.2 acre lot and the numbers were in the 200's. at an hour and half thats 133 an hour. some numbers were more like 250 to 270.

    whats the dileo?
  3. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    Ones experience and equipment used plays a big part in a hourly rate.
  4. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 668

    When I estimate yards for cutting, I figure 60/hr. I try to take into account my equipment, and if there any accessibility issues, i.e. gate the 48 can't fit through, customer doesn't want the big mower, amount t of trimming, etc. I have a $30 minimum, and so far have only one house at that rate. the majority of mine are 40-50 per cut. ultimately it will depend on what your market will bear.
  5. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    $40 seems like a lot when you're double dipping.
  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    All depends what you can sell to the customer $30 per hour and milk the clock or $60 per hour and push your self
    Best to just price the job. In the end you might be making more then your hourly rate
  7. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    60/hour from gate drop to gate up. $35 minimum. I have many lawns that I thought would take longer than they really do and those are the money making lawns. Most lawns I do are between $45-$75. Only 1 at $35, high is $225 a week residential.
  8. JimsLocalLawn

    JimsLocalLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 644

    $40 is probably the lowest you would want to go.
    Between insurance, license, advertising, equipment maintenance, buying new equipment, cost of fuel, etc, etc etc. You will keep about half
    So your working for $20/hr and if you put half back for growth your working for $10/hr

    Don't take a job if you don't have the equipment, walk before you run!
  9. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    20 dollars cost on a 20 minute job. sounds like you are operating very expensively.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    I don't charge my mowing by the hour but I try to get $60/hr on the job site while mowing, which puts me in the $45 to $50/hr range with load/unload and travel time included. That's with a 48 inch walk behind with sulky and a 52 inch Z rider. My bottom line when working solo is that I need to bring in AT LEAST $300 day, which is what I look at more than anything.

    I'm starting to move away from mowing a bit because I can usually do better doing other types of work...ones that have hauling, disposal and materials involved in them. I hate when I get so booked with mowing that I can't get to other types of work that are more profitable.

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