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Pricing for bush hogging............rough cutting in your area

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Parched1, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. Parched1

    Parched1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    What is the going rate for rough cuts in your area? Price per acre, and what type of equipment are you using?

  2. prosperity

    prosperity LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    I use a Deere 2210 compact diesel with a 4' bush hog.
    Not very big equipment, and only do small areas - up to 2-3 acres at most.

    I've found that I have to charge by the hour, mostly because of unseen obstacles, and usually having to double cut most areas to get everything chopped up fine enough. Also, in some instances, the area being brush hogged will become regular lawn area eventually, so that sometimes takes even a third cut, plus cleanup.

    I am in a very rural area, and pricing is tough. I try for $60 per hour, but that is sometimes hard when people can hire a backhoe w/operator for that same price around here.

    On the other hand, I really don't have any competition in this area, unless someone is close to a farmer who will road a tractor to the area needed to be done. My setup is small (tractor), but at least I am mobile (on the trailer and go).
  3. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    i use my bush hog all the time (4') but cut underbrush with it. usually all priors and small trees. little 16hp compact kubota takes a licking and keeps on ticking. i bid by the job and try to do so around $100/hr. sometimes it takes a bit longer and works down to about $75/hr but other times i make out much much much more. its different than doing a field though, im doing thick vine/prior areas that would take home owners days to do by hand so for them $500-$1000 doesnt look so bad and may only take me 3-6hrs
  4. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    I have a flat rate price for shredding rough areas.
    A initial price of $225 covers the first three hours including travel time.
    Additional charges occur depending upon the terrain and size of the area shredded.
    Minimum charges are $60.00/per hour after the basic minimum and have gone as high as $80.00 for really rough sites.
    I based my charges on similar equipment rental pricing in my area and knowledge of the gross conditions.
    What I have found is that the people who balk at my pricing schedule are the customers I don't want to begin with.
    Shredding in 100*F+ heat is tough work and for me to do I will be paid accordingly.
  5. Loy's Home Services  LLC

    Loy's Home Services LLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    pasture mowing $110/hr w/ a 20' brushhog. Smoetimes $35per acre. depends
  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    In this area you can get about $65 an hr with a 6' brushhog.
  7. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,675

    Massey Ferguson 263 w/ a 6' bush hog. We charge $250 min for 3 hours, then $50-$75 an hour after that. We are very selective about the jobs we take as our $20K tractor is nearly new and we take great pride & care of our equipment, and don't abuse it to make a quick buck. You find people say there's nothing in that field and it was cut just last year......Thank god for stump jumpers.

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