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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Snyder's Lawn Inc, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,998

    All Im saying someone with the proper equiptment will bid 500 to 600$ on that place, and you fellers will all cry and say hes a lowballer. The feller will do 3 of those places per day and clear around 5000$ per week.

    Just because you have a 60" ZTR doesn't make you special, every trailer in town has one.
  2. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 940

    You're not the only guy with a tractor larry. It ain't no secret I keep that I 'm a farmer's kid. Now I'm 35. We mow ditches for Dad with his sometimes. I hate it-too bouncy and jerky and all it's good for is chopping stuff short. Waterways get too weedy or have cows parsnps so we mow em down with it. It has it's purpose for sure. We pull ours with a 200 hp Deere little feller. Wanna whip it out and measure there guy?

    The OP asked for a price not how to do it. The owner will look at price and quality. 40 acres don't even come close to justifying a batwing. This is Lawnsite. I can't be the only one here with any real sense?

    Larry we gone at it before so I'm over it already there feller. Maybe someone else will join your team and prove me an idiot?
  3. Bilrus61

    Bilrus61 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    My place is kinda like that but I don't mow but about 12 acres with a ZTR. Here are a couple of ideas. I see he has two large buildings. See if it is ok with him to store a tractor and mower in one corner of one of the buildings. Go find/get a nice used 2wd tractor of about 50 HP at the PTO. JD 5000ish or Kubota 6040 with around 1500 hours would be ideal. 2wd tractors that size are cheap because everyone now wants a loader with 4WD. Might have to get turfs in the rear if he's picky. Get a Landpride 2512 12 foot batwing. It has high blade speed and then sharpen the blades like a lawnmower. If you mow every week will look great. If you skip a week might get some windrowing but that would be gone the next mowing. Mow as much as you can with that then park it back in its building and finish up with a ZTR around those little trees/dam/fences. Just figure your mowing and clearing the tractor and batwing. If the guy cancels on you for some reason or moves away the tractor and mower hold their value very well (if you get a good deal on the tractor shouldn't lose much at all re-selling it).
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    The lawn was done right They rip it up its not a pasture no more
    Around lake there no drop off only place that has a incline is the damn area rest of the lawn is flat with slight taper to the lake
    The ground keeper said he can mow it and trim it in 3 8hr days I figure I can do it with 3-4 guys in 8-10 hrs

    There is only 3 spots in the lawn that is rough due to drainage from the house

    The owner is a Billionaire if not he's really close The house is more a castle then a house
  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,126

    When will you know if you have it?
  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    I already own a pull type 15' batwing I stop using it when every body got on the band wagon on striping So we started run only ZTR on the big lawns I have
    The owner mows big areas with his 15' batwing and pulls it with a 4wd tractor
  7. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 847

    You're not the only one with sense. Nobody is going to touch that for less than the OP is talking AND keep it. That's just not profitable. Also, if I have money tied up in a Groundmaster I'm not going to be charging pennies just because I can get it done faster.

    My family has a 48 acre ranch which we mow roughly twenty acres of with a 74in CAT powered Dixie Chopper. The ground is rough and there is a lot of trimming along the fence, around two barns and trees and other obstacles... Takes me about four hours solo. So it's not crazy talk. I feel like me and a helper could bang it out in about half a day. Hell I'm pretty sure I could do this solo in a day, especially if it's smooth. It would take a WHOLE day but I'm pretty sure I could do it; 48 acres isn't that big.
  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Tell you about a batwing mower you cant let the grass get to tall or you have a mess with rows of clippings since the batwing is a rear discharge type

    I found out long time ago 2- 72'' and 60'' mowers will out cut a 15 ft batwing pull type My mowers will lap the tractor
    Batwing is nice but still going need the extra guys for trimming and mowing the areas that the batwing cant get
    To Larry if someone wants to jump on it for 500-600 they can have it I don't need a education on how to mow 40 acres for 500 dollars
  9. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 357

    Quick question? I'm a solo operator and I know my limits about what I can possibly do in a weeks time and a days time when I'm maxed out for work. How as a big business can you take on something like this in the middle of the season unless you were looking to fill another day for a crew? How do you fit that in your schedule if you get it, I guess that's my question?
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    I'm special I have 3 72''and 4 60'' in town with 2 60'' for back ups that's at the farm

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