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aerate ?????????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chefdrp, Jul 24, 2004.

  1. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    I know its too early but i am lining up people to find out if they want this service. I have a person that comes to the Rest. and asks me if i would do there lawn. (aerate). Its almost 4 acres. I normaly just take what i charge for the lawn and times it by 3. seems to work well. anyway, if normaly its 45 bucks an acre to cut. does 540 bucks sound about right? And i have never done a large prop like this. 1/2 acre tops. about how long would it take to do with a say 36ish w/b unit?
     
  2. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I dunno how long...but with one of those walk-behind machines you WILL feel like you've been run over by a bus 4 acres later.

    I'm sure you could do that in a day, and $540 ain't bad for one day.
     
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    If he bites that $540 price, I would take that money and apply it towards a $1500 Lesco (or other brand) tow behind aerator.
     
  4. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    If you are talking about the type that doesnt PULL the plug i dont want it. I want to pull the plug. By not doing this you are in a sence not doing any real good. You are just compacting the soil more. (pushing the soil in and not letting it breath. ) Does this make sence?
     
  5. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I would rent a pull behind plugger for that job......then if you get more of these large jobs buy one......

    Derek
     
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Yes, that does make sense, but I was talking about the kind that pulls the plug. Classen makes a good pull behind unit also.
     
  7. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    ok. thanx walker. I will look into it.
     
  8. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    chef, do you have something to pull a pull behind with? If so, that would definately be the way to go for that size property.
    You can rent one in the 4' to 5' range for like $30 for 4 hours. $45 for the day.


    Now, just a couple things about your original post that I have questions on.

    1. You said you charge 3 times the mowing price. So how did you come up with $540 for a $135 lawn? Just adding a little fudge factor?

    2. You mentiond a 36" wb aerater. Who makes a wb that wide? 26" is the widest I've seen.
     
  9. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    gogetter.

    I think you must have mis-understood part of his post. He mentioned charging $45.00 per acre to cut, and the property he is looking at aerating is a 4 acre property. Then he charges 3 times the cuting price.

    4 acres x $45 = $180
    $180 x 3 = $540
     
  10. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    gogetter. 45 bucks an acre times 4 = $180 X3= $540 i think. I think thats the size i rented last year. Not sure of the make. I might be wrong.
     

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