28 Acres...no clue where to start!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HPI_Savage25, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    So my mom's work (private school) is aquiring a lot that is 28 acres. On this 28 acres is magnolia trees bordering the roads, a barn, a house, pool house, pool, fences, and lots of grass.

    I am wanting to give a proposal to get it all cleaned up and then a bi weekly maint. on the property. I only have a walker right now so if I did aquire the job I would most likely buy a 60 or 72" Exmark with the 38hp Kohler. I just don't know where to start at for pricing?

    I will get some pics up tomorrow as I looked at it tonight and was too dark for detailed pictures.
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    Guys around here, me included get about $65 an acre. So that's about $1600 a week or biweekly. That's a good chunk of change if you can do it in say 2 days. And definitely get a 72", that extra foot will save you big time...
  3. kinneberg lawn service

    kinneberg lawn service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    What I would do is figure out how much you need to make an hour. From that figure how many acres you can mow in an hour given your equipment/equipment you will buy. If you have to trim be sure to include that in price on top of you per hour mowing. If you plan on buying new equipment and having some one using your walk behind be sure to include their wage. hope this helps
  4. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    None of it will be done with a walk behind. It's almost like pastures. some of it is flat, some of it is hilly. Pics will come tomorrow just to give everyone an idea of what it actually is.
  5. Brules

    Brules LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma
    Messages: 958

    Buy a used 72" ZTR. Don't get in over your head for 1 account and be toast if you lose it.....and will you have to bid it or do you have the thing on lockdown due to your family connection.

    On 26 acres, you can't charge normal mowing fee of $65 an hour.....that's tractor/brush hog acreage.

    Most likely I would imagine the school would bid something like this out?
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    Around here we get $65 an acre for mowing, no matter how big or small
  7. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    I do not have this on lockdown and they asked for a proposal. They are unsure if they are going to get a company to maintain it or do it in house. I personally am thinking about $1250 a cut or $2500 a month. That will be me and probably 2 other guys. I figure I can run a nice 60 or 72 ztr and the other guys can do the shrubs/weedeating/blowing/etc.
  8. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    You probably would be able to get it all done in 8 hours, but your gunna be hauling the mail, and Im sure your workers aren't gunna like weed eating for 8 hours straight
  9. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,331

    Could be wrong but dont thing it will bid that high , I know it wouldnt around us.
  10. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    They'll laugh at your price. Obviously you don't have the equipment on hand or employee's and are trying to live a pipe dream. Splash some water on your face and wake up. The part where you don't have a clue where to start is a red flag. It's over your head. Don't be getting mad at me for spilling the cold hard facts. I'm solo, I don't care if they said they'd pay me 3k a week I would turn it down.

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