mowing a meadow, need help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cedarcroft, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have an opportunity to mow a 9 acre plot that is done only once an year and has alot of 2-3' scrub brush and prickers in it. besides a brush hog on a bobcat, does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get this done?
  2. Scag413

    Scag413 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My only other thought would be a DR Brush Cutter, however mowing 9 acres I have no idea how long it would take you. I just know that it would take a while. I think it only has a 36" deck or something like it. Plus you wouldn't even have to buy it because you can use it for 6 months and then send it back "if you dont like it" and you are not out a penny. Just my $.02.
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
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    yes. you hire an elderly farmer with a tractor and a bush hog. you ask him what he wants for the job then you double it for the bid.

    you both win and the lot owner doesn't have to hire a bunch of goats.

    GEO :)
  4. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
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    Geo, thats what I was thinking, except there are about 3 farmers left within 50 miles of me. but you are on the right track, I think I will try and rent a pull behing bush hog and tractor and do it like that. the co-op who own the meadow pay $3000 for it to get done once a year, so its worth it for me to rent a big machine if can get it done in a day or 2.
  5. YotaNate

    YotaNate LawnSite Member
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    bushhogging can be done for cheap around here. There are 3 different guys whe advertise in the local trader paper for $35 per hour. But you should be able to knock out 9 acres in a day, easy.
  6. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    our church wants me to mow their field. 4 acres of over grown stuff. i will be renting a tow behind trail mower for an older tractor. works well for me, might take too long for you
  7. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    ..................... double post, sorry.
  8. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Are you sure that isn't $300 they pay??

    At $3000, that's $325 / acre, give or take.

    It'd almost be cheaper for them to mow it on a weekly schedule, at that rate.

    9 acres should be able to be done in about 3 hours, TOPS.
  9. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
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    they paid the guy last year $600 per day it took to mow it. it took him 4 days and half of a fifth day. he was using a bobcat with brushhog attachment. they paid him 3k. I said I would do it for the same amount, but not as a daily pay. I think I cazn get it done in a day or 2, no problem.
  10. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    Cant amagine it taking 5 days to cut 9 acre :hammerhead:

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