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need help estimating new job

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by motichka218, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. motichka218

    motichka218 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    i need some help on estimating this new job. i couldn't get any pictures of it but a made this diagram. it not grass its all weed and about 3 feet tall at the minimum.its about 5,000 sq ft. there are a couple of weeds that are like tress. I'm thinking its going to take me at least 5 hours to cut it all down. and i think i cant use a lawn mower at all. if i go by an hourly rate of $40 an hour it only $200 and i think it a lot more work for only $200. i need some help.:dizzy: in the diagram all the green needs to be cut down. and if you have any ideas on how to make it go faster its appreciated. thanks
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  2. birdman0494

    birdman0494 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    my only advice would be,

    What trimmer are you running ? can it hold a brush cutter blade? like my fs 90? and if so id say cut every thing down to a minumum of 6 inches fast and sloppy then you go over with a lawn mower at 4 inches ( highest setting for my 21 inch ) then you go to your requested height. And i suggest gator blades while your at it and go slow!
  3. motichka218

    motichka218 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    im running a homelite trimmer. it can hold a brush cutting bladed. any advice on priceing it
  4. gdguth

    gdguth LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 436

    just my take on it, but if you are using a homelite trimmer you might as well not bid on it. I have not had very good luck with homelite.
  5. motichka218

    motichka218 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    the guy is someone i no he can to me to see how much it will cost. and i need some help on priceing it im sure i can handle it. so can anyone help me with the price.
  6. ohiogreenworks

    ohiogreenworks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 300

    I don't think it would take 5 hours to trim it, that is a long time! But you know better than me how fast you can work...I would trim it all down for around 250 but that is because I feel like I could do it in maybe a couple hours. How about finding someone with a bush hog and subbing it out? Good luck either way!

    edit: After reading your post again, maybe you could get it down far enough quickly then cut it with a mower??
  7. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Posts: 646

    charge 250 300 and rent a brush cutter or a decent trimmer from homedepot.. tust me your going to break balls with a homelight
  8. castle555

    castle555 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    Going for the simple answer here IMHO, I would rent a Brush Hog or Billy Goat self-propelled walk-behind cutter.
    These things are tough and will mow down your legs if you stay behind them.
    Figure in the rental cost of the machine or the cost of a new trimmer -cause it will be spent shaft after that job.
    Youv'e got 12.5% acre there and by the square foot I'd charge .10 cents per square foot. This includes the cost of the rental equip. and whether it takes you all day or a few hours, you still make a couple hundred bucks.
  9. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    If I were you make it worth your time$$$ especially if you are using a homelite. I have had many jobs like this and I ended up buying a used brush cutter and it has been one of the best investments I have ever made! Maybe do this job with your trimmer, but then with the money you make go out and buy a brush cutter, or just a beafier trimmer!

    SEMI-RETIRED LawnSite Member
    Posts: 159

    I would use my brush hog on it, 5000 sq ft is not much..
    If i did not have a brush hog i would sub it out, there is no way i would
    do 5000 sq ft with a hand held trimmer with a brush blade..

    Brush hog, 1 hr 100.00 for me..


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