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mowing and man hours

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BobwithECLC, Dec 11, 2004.

  1. BobwithECLC

    BobwithECLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    How much do you charge per man hour for mowing? Do you have different rates for commercial and residential? When I say mowing I am meaning mow,trim and blow.
     
  2. BobwithECLC

    BobwithECLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I guess it would help if, I put up this disclaimer. I have been in the business for about 4-5 years and am really trying to get a better understanding of the business side of what we do. And would like some help in learning how some contractors come up with the price per mow. I think it is great to know what other people are charging per cut. I am just wanting to learn how to come up with that number.
     
  3. bettergrass

    bettergrass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 242

    45 residential if its not a pita... 40 commercial depending on if its flat and how much trimming. its like anything else in business...price drops with volume.
     
  4. BobwithECLC

    BobwithECLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I have been looking at my numbers and it seemed that my price per cut was a little low. I was revising my numbers and it seemed that 45 per man hour seemed more in the ball park. which would make my minimum go from around 27 to between 30 and $32.00 per cut
     
  5. bettergrass

    bettergrass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 242

    so your minimum cut for any lawn is 32.... my minimum is 25 right now, and the smallest residential i do takes 2 guys 30 mins. i just round up to 25
     
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,564


    that's only $25.00/hr
    WAY TOO LOW

    when windshield time is figured in it is even less.

    you should be getting $40+ for yards like that
     
  7. BobwithECLC

    BobwithECLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I see a lot of guys talking numbers in this area, which makes me realize that I need to find better quality customers. Because the mid-end customers that we have start to flinch when you get around 30 dollars a cut. We don't need to lower our prices we just need to find better quality customers.
     
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I shoot for an average of $50 an hour now. My range is $25 an hour for a couple of small PITAs to $75 an hour for the good ones. The average lawn around here is 1/4 acre +/- and I generally charge $40/45.
     
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    you can't create better "better quality" customers. they start to crindge when it gets around $30 ? well there you have it, like i always said, the lawn boys before you, and the lawn boys around you, have set your price. there is not much you can do about that, except become more efficient, or make it up in extras.
     
  10. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    We are making about $40-50 now per man hour. Started out making $15 per man hour :rolleyes: , then we got better equipment, got more efficient, and raised prices slightly. Now we're cruisin :cool:
     

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