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2.5 acre w/w-b?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mikesjumpingin, Mar 17, 2003.

  1. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    Nice property with 6 apple trees, sand mound, and maybe 6 small trees.... 2.5 acres. Drainage good (so they say, I was there today and we're having a major meltdown in Pa.). Flat.

    So, being my first season, am I taking on too much with a 48" w-b with sulky?

    If not, for scheduling purposes, I need to figure a conservative estimate of how long it might take. It's a country setting and she didn't seem particular about manicured trimming every week around the trees or any kind of edging. longish driveway to blow, but that's about it.

    Besides estimating how long it might take me, how much would be a reasonable rate?

  2. Heller Landscaping

    Heller Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    No it is not to big it will just take you a while.
    Probably around 2 1/2hr.payup
  3. KDJ

    KDJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    2.5 hrs sounds about right.
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    How are you guys coming up with 2.5 hrs? He has a 48" and sulky and on flat ground that setup should be able to do around 1 3/4 acres an hour (at 5mph) so there is 1 1/2 hrs in mowing only and I do not see how he can come up with another hour of work there. Blowing maybe 5 minutes trimming maybe 10-15 minutes depending how much walking? Even if he was edging it would not be 2 1/2 hrs?
  5. KDJ

    KDJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I have a GS45 48" mower and two customers with 2.5 lots, both takes me every bit of 2-2.5 hrs. I guess this old man is just slowing down.
  6. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    Okay, 1 3/4 shortest, 2.5 hours conservative estimate...

    It's a nice home on 2.5 rural acres. How much is a reasonable charge for something like that?

    I've seen a lot of "acre" prices using the search engine, but this is my first year and the job looks pretty easy. Do you charge sqft differently for rural acres?

  7. KDJ

    KDJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Here in Central Florida all you can get is about 85.00.
  8. mark2

    mark2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I cut 2.5a with a 48". This property had alot of trees and rocks. It took me 2 1/2 hours to cut and 45 min to weedeat.
    I made $125 per cut.
    If your starting out thats not so bad but I would rather have 3 small ones. After an hour on the velke I'm ready to load and go.
  9. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774


    Your 1.75 acre per hour is probably at top speed the whole time, using 100% of the cutting width, and all in a straight line.

    Remember there are obstacles, turning, some overlap, maybe dumping a bag, slowing down in heavy growth or leaves, Then there is some trimming, and blowing off drives, and picking up some sticks or trash.
    The real mowing world is never 100% efficient straight mowing.

    I do a couple 1/2 acre lots. One is 20k of turf and takes me a good hour with trimming and blowing using my 36" belt drive and jungle wheels. Across the street. Same size lot but only 18k turf and it often takes me closer to 2 hours than 1. I have done it in one hour in PERFECT conditions. But it has a lot more trimming and a lot heavier growth. No two yards are alike

    2.5 Acres with a 48" hydro. Sight unseen I would say 1.75 to 3 hours.
  10. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    PaulJ - Still coming to the BBQ - We will also have a Floating 36" exmark there now with the Flex-Deck - From Des Moines - You will be amazed at what it does for a WB. Your accounts will take no time at all - just keep bidding what the market will bear, and your profit margin will still be out of site from the competitors.

    Thanks Brad[​IMG]

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