Bid on 7 acres with a catch

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TheOnlyBamBam, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. TheOnlyBamBam

    TheOnlyBamBam LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I recently had a lady call me and wanted me to mow her 7 acres. I'm only used to 1-2 acres. So do you bid differntly?I'll be cutting with a 60 in. The land is plain and flat. no trimming. also im wanting a new mower and this could provide income along with the money to make payments on the new mower. and comments, suggestions? thanks
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    $205 ($29.28 / acre)
    I suppose you could do it for 200 but it's getting a bit tight, 190 at the absolute lowest.
    Might try start out with 210?
  3. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    Let me offer one thing that you DO NOT want to do. That is to buy a piece of equipment for one account. I did that once and lost the account in a very short time to someone who would do it for almost free. Now on the bid what kind of grass is it? When I get a call in my area for large acreage it is always dang bahai grass. I don't care what the mower mfg say you can cut so many acres per hour blah blah you won't do it with this grass. I would say without seeing it though around 200-225 here would be pushing it. You will see some on here that will be a lot higher and some lower. Depends on what your area will bring.
  4. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Should not take you over 2 hours is you were moving pretty quick. So roughly 100 bucks an hour gross.

    Dang, I cut 27 acres for $700 with a 5 foot bush hog, maybe I'm getting jipped?? oh well.
  5. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 441

    3 hours tops. How much do you charge hourly? Outside of Cleveland, we would have to charge around 120.00 to be competitive. Might get underbidded.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yup, rule of business, don't do that.

    LMFAO well all right at least I know I'm not the only one!
    Chickweed and centipede, patches of clover for a speed burst and stalks of onion grass for 'flavor'
    Don't forget the occasional brick, tree stump, and man-size hole :laugh:

    Yup, 7 acres with a 60" take you around 4-5 hours with trimming, and hustle.
    6 hours if it's bad, all day if it's *&%^
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  7. IHusky

    IHusky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    Thats some good advice.
  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I cut 2 acres in a hour. That's with lots of trees and a huge hill. You must be using a 21 push mower. :)
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    60" just like yours, I'm not trying to plow into a heat pump but let me guess you took the ROPS off yours, too?
    I reckon that's the kind of guy we'll be reading about in the obits this year.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  10. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    Lets get back to the initial post -- only buy the equipment if you need it for more than one job... But also, wait until you have the money for it!!! -- DO NOT USE CREDIT..

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