28 Acres...no clue where to start!

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


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  2. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
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    I'm trying to figure out a good price to charge that is also fair. But being told "its too big for you" isnt helping. I am willing to give a shot at anything. I can always hire more guys and I can always use the mower around the house so it wouldn't be non usable.
  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would go on and bid it so I can come back and tell these old salty crust guys how wrong they were.

    Buttt what I would like to know first is...
    Will they even LEND you the money to BUY it?
    Trust me, your signature and that contract won't get that application through their loan department.
    You can't buy a mower on the ASSUMPTION that they'll give you the loan.

    But assuming they DO...
    How you going to PAY for that mower when that contract goes south and you don't have a job?

    I can go on, page after page of reasons why the salty old crust guys could be right.
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  4. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
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    Say I go in at $2000 a month, I would go ahead and either get the truck paid off first ($210 a month, $5800 left) or I would try to make at least a $1000 payment each month to hurry up and get it paid off while I had the income just in case something happened and I lost the account. I would be better off just paying my truck off and then just make the payments on the mower but it all depends really. I would also make a couple of calls and I could probably pick up another 1 or 2 yards that are a good 4-6 acres. I know one of them we cut a few years ago and we was getting $3-400 to cut. Had 2 mowers going and was done in 4 hours. That was with a Gravely 42" ZTR and a craftsman 42"
  5. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    if its just you with a 60 or 72, you will be the in-house guy.
  6. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hope you dont mind but here are a few more pics of it.
    I dont think its too big at all but, looks to be a lot of trimming if all fences etc get done each time. The front fence is around 800m if doing each side. (Get a back pack trimmer)
    Had a look on Streetview and man, I reckon that would be a fun place to mow! Most of the visible trees on SV dont require trimming!

    I would break it into 2 half's and do each half over 2 days unless you have a crew on trimmers etc.
    I would certainly want at least one helper on the trimmer.

    As far as cost this is how I'd break it down. Not saying these are the numbers you should use but just a way of thinking of it...

    What do you consider a decent daily wage? Add 20% for trimmer wage.
    You have to buy a machine for it so I'd put on another $100/cut for that.

    Lets say $500 is an ok days pay, then it would be $500x2+200+$100, x2=$2600/mth.
    You could add fuel and contingency. Say another $100/mth.
    Total then would be $2700/mth

    As far as mowers go, I would certainly look at one that has suspension. The triangular paddock looks like it could be pretty rough. I would certainly look at the SuperZ (demo the cut). An SZ would smash that place out no problem. The nicer yards could be cut flat out, thats going to save a heap of time over most other machines!

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  7. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So apparently its a horse farm/estate that is now vacant? Turf areas mixed with old pasture/paddock areas? What are the plans for the land? Does the school plan to use the property or sell?
  8. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    How are you going to make the payments if they dump you after the first year and you have 3 more years to pay?
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    He did mention he had two other accounts where he could use the larger mower.
  10. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
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    Only way I will do the job is if I can get a year long contract for about a total of anywhere from $20-25k for every two weeks.

    If that happens, it will be paid off in a year or less.

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