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81 Acre mowing help

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by JUMBO31, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. JUMBO31

    JUMBO31 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I am trying to bid a 81 acre mowing job. This is my first time to give a price on something this big. Can anyone here give me some help with this. It is easy mowing with about 3' deep grass. I normally charge 55-95 dollars per acre, but with this large job I'm not sure where to start. Any help with be helpful!!
  2. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,408

    Need more information, what size tractor, grooming,flail or rotary cutter, what size mower,etc.
  3. JUMBO31

    JUMBO31 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    90 horse with 15' mower. Will be just rough cut.
  4. alanauer

    alanauer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    Still more info would help.

    What kind of 15' mower? How wide is each section, and how level is the ground?

    A one-time or a recurring job? If recurring, do they want subsequent cuts from 12" down to 6", or from 3' down to 3"?
  5. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,408

    Start with how many acres you can cut per hour, figure out how much diesel you will burn then figure $50. per hour + fuel and see where you stand. Thats on the cheap side for the northeast, but it will give you a start.
  6. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    What is like a toro ground master your using or is it a pull behind
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  7. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    It costs me somewhere between $75-80(paying myself $18/hr) to run my tractor and 15' brush hog. I can get anywhere from 6-10 ac/hr. As long as the field is smooth enough to run 5.0-5.5mph, you should be able to make 8 ac/hr so Depending on how much you want to make on to of you labor wage anywhere north of $750 would be good.

    Good formula for acres per hour: Speed(MPH)*Width(FT)/8.25*Field Efficiency
    Depending on field shape, brush hogging can be anywhere from 80-95%

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