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per acre pricing w/ average of 2 acre per

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by T.D.T., Feb 3, 2009.

  1. godflesh

    godflesh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    This is how i bid large jobs.
    1. How many acres of this can I mow per hour?
    2. How much will my machine costs be (fuel, maintenance, breakdowns, replacement) on this job per machine hour?
    3. How much will labor cost me per machine hour?
    4. How much stuff will I inevitably tear up on this job?
    5. How many sites are there and what will be the travel time vs. what do I want to bill my truck and labor out at per mile?
    6. What is my personal "uh-oh" factor? I go 15% as an uh-oh cushion.

    Hope that helps you
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    Good post godflesh. As with ANY bidding, it really depends on your overhead, and your capabilities. Can I as a company make money off $20 acre for WAM? Absolutely. Would I charge that little... no. I do believe if your asking these types of questions your not even close to being ready to bid on that type of work. Someone will come in with some 455 or 580D's and blow your socks off. Send you running home with your tail between your legs. :nono:
  3. BLS 2002

    BLS 2002 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    Good post Godflesh - It's often discussed in the posts the pricing strategies each LCO utilizes. If a LCO is making 20-25 dollars per acre that means they are a very large LCO mowing multiple acres at a time. That same LCO is not going to mow 1 single acre at 20 dollars per. With that said you need to have a little more experience to understand the dynamics of pricing and maintaining commercial properties. Start out small - think and grow big. Business classes always help.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    You have to understand though,...most of this is wide area mowing. This can be done at a rate of around 3.5 - 4 acres an hour with a 60" deck. This isn't full out at 10 mph, and this is at 80% efficiency - accommodating for overlap and turn around time. You figure 20 bucks an acre, you are grossing around 70 to 80 dollars an hour . That isn't all bad. The guys that posted from aroiund here are right on pricing. Much of it for instance that would be around 20 acres, goes for around 20 bucks per acre. More than 20 acres, it starts to go down. I've seen it as low as 10 to 12 an acre (school system), BUT the guy that did this had equipment to do this...he had WAM mowers batwing driven by H2B workers.
  5. ProCut_48

    ProCut_48 LawnSite Member
    from michgan
    Posts: 145

    This is wrong i mow in your town and all over this area and i have sevreal townships contracts and i get $40.00 and up to $60.00 an acer dep's on the trimming!
  6. burge19

    burge19 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 124

    I also mow in michigan and i would agree that between 40 and 60 an acre.
  7. Outdoor Services

    Outdoor Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    It was down here last few years too, but this year less than 20 is more like it. One contract I saw went for 7k less than previous years of cutting this twp., and get this, the amount of grass said to be mowed was increased this time out for bid and it still was 7k less.
  8. maverick1

    maverick1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    20 sounds a bit low we usually get 35 an acre

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