Acres per hour with a trimmer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by stevenf, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Looking over a few apartments to submit bids. One has 90% of the grass in hard to reach places and a 21" almost seems impossible in 50% of that.
    Its along fence lines, circles and square patches enclosed in curbing.
    What are some tips you guys have for trimming this type of account? Have you ever considered an acre charge for trimming the entire property?
  2. ljhanson12345

    ljhanson12345 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    with these types of accounts the more powerful the trimmer is the better. When trimming large areas you do not want a lack of power to slow you down. Trimming is much tougher on ones body than mowing; just charge what is worth to you.
  3. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,322

    i believe, can charge similar to brush hogging
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    parking lot islands are the worst...just enough grass to warrant a 21" but is it worth going back to the trailer to get one....

    if its just grass, IE no heavy weeds or over grown areas. Id go with a 20cc machine thats lighter and less fatiguing to carry around all day than the heavier more powerful units.

    Another option could be a flymo style mower, but Id stick with the string trimmer...
  5. twotone

    twotone LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    I must agree with our esteemed colleague from Georgetown. You are there with a trimmer at some point anyway, just keep going. While you will begin to dread and actually develop an outright loathing as you approach that property each week, it's pretty amazing what we can and will do in this business. (per hour bid to compete)

    Lightest trimmer you can find, medium string length, full throttle and git-r-done !
  6. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    measure out 100osqft in your yard at home and then start the stop watch.

    figure in 15 minutes of every hour of trim time for fuel/string
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    You might find it easier to define in terms of hours per acre, that is,
    so long you're really thinking of trimming all of 43,560 sq.ft. worth of grass.

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