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Brush Hog

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by morettalandcare, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. morettalandcare

    morettalandcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Does anyone brush hog as a service along with mowing etc.? What is your hourly rates?

    I am thinking about getting into it a little people keep asking me about it.
  2. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    $65.00 per hour plus $100.00 for drive time.
  3. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    I have a flat rate charge of $225.00 for the first three hours, drive time included.
    Once the three hours are up then it is $65.00/hour under 98*F.
    Once over 98*F, then the charge is $85.00/hour.
    For instance, a customer lives thirty minutes away - so they get two hours of shredding at the flat rate. Anything over is charged accordingly.
    And I have measured temperatures as high as 135*F on the operator's platform while shredding. It is commonly over 100*F by 10:00am from as early as late May through mid to late October.
    Unless the terrain is extremely rough, I average about 4 acres per hour without winrowing.
  4. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 642

    i love brush hogging.....i charge our normal HR rate.
  5. skennedy04

    skennedy04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    We mostley charge by the acre with a minimum.As far as temp.....my clients wouldn't pay any more if it was 30 or 100 out.
  6. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    Then get better clients.
    I am up front with shredding or bush hog work. I readily admit to hating it, I readily admit I'd rather have dental surgery without anesthesia than bush hog and if I am going to melt on a tractor in 100*+ heat I'm getting paid for it or no work.
    So far I average about 40 hours every six months or so and quite frankly I don't care to do more.
  7. skennedy04

    skennedy04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Why should a client pay more just because its hot out....40 hrs every 6 months i can tell you dont do much of this !!
  8. howierd3866

    howierd3866 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    amen..if he did he could afford an A/C cab tractor so no matter if it cold--hot--dusty--raining--or whatever....$65.00 per hour for 8ft..$75.00 for 15ft batwing....BUT 99.9% of our work is contract and is base on the complete job not by the hour.
  9. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    we only bush hrush hog saplings briars and vines. we charge by the job, its alot more $ per hour.
  10. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Usually 55-60 bucks an hour, plus fuel surcharge for driving. Bust for posthole digging, usually 3 to 5 bucks a hole, depending on rock.

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