large area aerating

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by fastcat, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had this in the lawn renovation forum and haven't gotten a response.
    i have a good friend that has about 10 acres of fescue and it irrigated. i am going to use his tractor and rent a pluger to put behind it. what should i charge to plug it for him taking in mind i am using his tractor. price per k or should I charge by the hour.
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  2. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
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    Charge him for rental of aerator and your time in the seat per hour.
     
  3. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
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    i charge 20 per k but you could probably be cheaper because you're using his equipment....
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  4. That would be $8,712
    Yeah I'd say you could probably discount that about eight thousand dollars!
     
  5. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. LawnSite Senior Member
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    $20/1k is about double what we get around here. Most guys are around $9-$11 / k but that doesn't apply to acreage that large. The big question is which one of you are going to mark the heads? Realistically though, why isn't he doing the job? You are going to use his tractor, he's going to rent the aerator. I'm guessing he's probably going to expect to pay a couple hundred bucks. W/ a pull behind I can't see it taking anymore than 4 or 5 hours to go over it all once. I'd give him a blanket price and make sure he knows you're pretty much paying to just sit on the tractor. Again, I can't really see why he doesn't just do this himself.
     
  6. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
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    Yeah, correction.

    $20 / k is for overseed and aeration and on smaller properties. ^^^ has it right... why isn't he doing it himself?
     
  7. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
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    He is really busy with work and other personal things and he just dosent have the time. I will also be over seeding it. That will be fun. I haven't figured out how I will go about slinging the seed. Walking behind the lesco spreader on 435600 sf would be one hell of a work out.
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  8. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sooo...your going to drive to a 1500/ft lawn...aerate it, seed it and then charge 30 bucks? Are you using a roller type as well?...LOLOLOL
     
  9. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    you can rent a 3 point hitch PTO driven seeder for the tractor...
     
  10. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. LawnSite Senior Member
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    I assume he is talking about a lawn tractor, which is likely to not have a PTO, just my guess.
     

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