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8.5 acres of athletic fields-mow, no trim-how much?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassgirl4, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. grassgirl4

    grassgirl4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    How much would you charge to mow and blow--not trim--8.5 acres of athletic fields (softball, baseball, soccer, and football)? Ground is flat and wide open. I have figures worked up but want to see where they fall with yours!!

    Also, this is all one location--no travel time, vehicle fuel expense, vehicle wear-and-tear expense, or load/unload time.

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I would go with $50 for the first acre and then $20 for each additional acre. This would come to a total of $200. So I think a good estimate would be somewhere in the $200 range.
  3. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    what is the quality of cut required, weekly/biweekly?. i use Walkers on these types of accounts and get nothing less than $450 per cut
  4. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    Yep, I'd say about $200-225, $25 acre for something like that. Should take about two hrs most. Do the cut when nobody is around - you can blow with the Z. Set the deck low and go backwards - works good for me.
  5. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,855

    My area - $175 - $200 easy.
  6. unit40

    unit40 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I've got an 8 acre soccer field that takes several hours with a 72" mower. The Excel with the range wings will take at least an hour and a half. Thats a 13 foot width. All of our baseball and softball fields demand a high quality of cut, several times a week, at a short height. Nobody wants the clippings blasted onto the clay or clumped up, be prepared to pick up the trash before you mow. What if you gat a lot of rain or the fields are fertilized like crazy.
  7. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    I would'nt cut it for any less than $40-$50 an acre. Then again I might not get the job.
  8. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Walker Mowers
  9. grassgirl4

    grassgirl4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    Very interesting--and wide array--of perspectives!! Thanks!!

    A little more info:

    1. They do want a high quality of cut (which, to me, means no 'blazing' through it in as short a time as possible...it needs to look good--including striping to a certain degree).

    2. I recommended cutting twice per week to maintain optimal playing conditions and eliminate clumping and clippings in general.

    Here's what I came up with:

    $425.00 ($50 X 8.5 acres)
    - 42.50 (same site discount...no travel time)
    - 57.50 (multiple acre discount)
    + 10.00 (fuel surcharge)
    335.00/cut...which, if done twice a week, would be $670. For the season (24 cuts), it would be $16,080.

    For a high-quality job (i.e. not going for optimal speed), what do you think of my methodology?? Am I pricing myself out of the job?

    Note: These figures put me at just under $40/acre...remember no trim...
  10. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    How many others bidding, you need to be able to offer something that other LCO's cannot at your price? Our selling point is the Walker

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