Need help with this one!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sheppard, Apr 25, 2002.

  1. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 542

    Have a prospective customer that has a large tractor with a bush hog and wants me to mow an extreamly large area (read: a field) behind their house.

    Question: How do I price my services using someone else's equipment?

    I'd like the experience of learning how to drive a tractor & I want to be paid for doing it.

    Any suggestions?

    Cordially,
    Sheppard
     
  2. YLC1

    YLC1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    Maybe ask for $10-$15 per hour?I've never had the situation come up before but another contractor and myself "hire" each other for $10 an hour.But only when I'm caught up.Hope this helps.Richard
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    First of all, I would not even think about doing it unless I had the time...and right bout now, I don't have the time.

    But if I did, I would charge minimum $35 per hour (for me to operate the equipment) and more likely $45 or $50. I only say this because I make more money running my own equipment than other people's.

    Just my 2 cents...
     
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Rodfather is right. Opportunity cost!

    Also, if you tear something up he will expect your G/L insurance to be effective. Better make enough to cover yourself.
     
  5. gaunlet13

    gaunlet13 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    I mow my own pastures using a 2615L BushHog (15' cutter). With this cutting width you can cut 3-5 acres an hour depending on terrian and what kind of trash is in the way.
    Some of the guys that I know mow commerically using a 15' shredder. Their fee $35-45 / hour depending on height of brush/grass amount of trash, and how rough the property is.
    When you cut with a shredder MAKE SURE YOU ASK THE OWNER THE HEIGHT HE WANTS IT MOWED.
    Greg
     
  6. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 542

    This gives me a great place to start!

    Cordially,
    Sheppard
     

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