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Brush Hog

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wriken, Nov 4, 2001.

  1. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I have about 4.5 acres to brush hog, and was wondering how to charge for that. Do I estimate how long it will take and figure by what I charge per hour, or is there a formula that I could use. I will be using a 5 foot Brush Hog. Thanks
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Is it in the open? Not that thick? $45 an acre, 3 acre minimum.

    P.S. Where abouts in Mich. are you?
  3. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    All good going, no hills etc. I'm in central Mi area, Harrison
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yeah, this is a fair market value, but up where you're at there might be some who are willing to do it a bit cheaper, as more people have tractors up there.
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Although I haven't used my tractor for bush hogging in many years, seems as though the prices have stayed pretty close to the same. Usually around $35-$45 per hour. Its hard to figure out the time though. Most of us don't use the bushhog enough to know exactly how much time it will take. So, until you know how to estimate this, you may very well want to go for the per acre charge.
  6. Diesel

    Diesel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I use a 6-foot brush hog on a JD 3010 and figure 2-3 acres/hour depending on thickness and type of brush. If the area hasn't been mowed in more than 3 years use a slower figure. If the area is only grasses than figure faster rates. Watch out for groundhog holes - they can damage your front end and will scare the s**t out of you when you hit one and drop your front wheel into it! Estimating brush hogging also requires figuring in a larger trailer depending on your tractor.
  7. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,712

    I use $250 minimum which this is in. You have load and haul time, hook up the machine etc whether it is hrs or a days work. And you always run the risk of equipmentr damage on some unseen piece of junk or hole. It's high dollar work in my opinion.
  8. Diesel

    Diesel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Also be very careful if you are not familiar with the property. I have had a flat tire running over debris hiding in the brush. I also got my tractor stuck when my rear wheel got into a wet soft spot. It pays to ask the owner about hidden stuff that may be out there. Definitely price it to cover higher maintenance and downtimes.
  9. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    Thanks guys for all the insite, I think I'll go with the price per acre. see ya
  10. Pauls Mowing

    Pauls Mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    My rates for that type of work start at $35/hour. Be sure to look it over carefully, like the other guys say, you never know what is in there.


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