costs are high. if i can make 50 an hour while running the equipment and 25-30 for my guys not running equipment, it seems like life works out pretty good. but, you have to have 75 percent of the hours in a day at this rate. driving time, lunch time, BS time, maintenance time, and dump time don't count. around here in the summer i'm the cheap scab so far. got the biggest mower in the county beside govment with my 54 inch ztr. second biggest is a 32 inch walker with bagger. he didn't want the 5 acres.