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Almost an acre

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by doctordun, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. doctordun

    doctordun LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 34

    I'm tossing around the idea of offering my neighbors my mowing services. In my area, every lot is almost an acre. I would like to get a nice ZTR, because I am really tired of tractor mowers. I don't need to get rich, but would like to pay for my new mower and make some spending cash for toys.
    I've been thinking about $40 per cut, $50 if they need a lot of trimming and perhaps a monthly rate.
    Any ideas on a fair rate? With my tractor, I can mow my own yard in about 50 minutes. I am looking at a 60" ZTR.
     
  2. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    Sounds low to me. How many lawns will you have to cut just to pay for that nice Z at $40 per visit?
     
  3. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    i usually charge around $50 for mowing weed eating and blowing, for an acre. sometimes more if it has more weedeating, then like $60 bucks. but never underbid anyone. you'll wish you hadn't along down the road. one time i priced a lawn for $50 bucks, it looked like an acre but stupid me didnt walk into there back yard only to find out the its 2 1/2 acres. so i cut it the first time when it was about 2 feet high, and broke my clutch in the process ruined a few blades from objects underneath the high grass that you cant see until you hear a loud bang and watch it fly out the discharge. then i finally got raise from $50 to $75 bucks. oh, and if you do get a ztr, get on used the first time. it will save lots of money. a 60" might be too large for those hard to reach spots, but go with whatever you think. bigger is not always better. thats why i got my 52", its not to big nor to small!

    thanks and hope i helped
     
  4. doctordun

    doctordun LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 34

    Five per month. After that, it's gravy. I have a full time job, so this would be a late afternoon/evening and weekend endeavor.
     
  5. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    Since no travel is involved, $50 to $55 would be a good price which would include edging, string trimming, blowing down etc.
     
  6. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I do half an acre for $55 bucks.. actually its only 22.000 sq ft. but I guess it depends on the machine you have and how fast you could get it done. I only got one yard that big but I can do it in 50 minutes now. THat's mulching and with a 36" toro no sulkey.
     
  7. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    yeahh...but your in canada. your currency is different than ours in america.

    well actually its not that much of a difference

    55 Canadian dollars = 51.2677 U.S. dollars

    my bad :hammerhead: :hammerhead: :dizzy:
     
  8. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    No you're right.. don't forget higher taxes and higher gas prices but even so, if that lawn was a full acre instead of less then a half then I better have a Z and no obstacles or at least obstacles that I could just run over:)

    I really try to match the dollar a minute (non) rule. Even if I have to start cutting corners.
     
  9. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    yeah.. thats right. what do you guys pay for gas up there??
     
  10. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    Last time I filled I paid $74 for 75 litres but I had a coupon :(

    It's about $1.06 cents a litre unless it's gone up in the last few days. Thats about $4.30 a gallon.

    AND WE GOT MORE OIL THEN SAUDI ARABIA WTF?!?!?!?
     

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