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Bush hog and then mow?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kjslawn, May 6, 2008.

  1. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    I had a Realtor cal me to mow a 12 acre place that has not been mowed this year Knee high I would say. I thought I would bush hog it then mow it. What do I charge, I have 2 Everride Warrior 54 Inch that can blow through some pretty high stuff. I have not seen it yet so I was hoping to just mow it 2 times with the mowers but I dont know? My dad has a bush hog I can borrow.
  2. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    bump bump bump
  3. ALC-GregH

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

    If it's around the house, I'd bag it or if you don't have a bagger, rack it. It will look terrible if you don't. Is it a one time cut? If so, charge double. Best walk everywhere and look good for anything laying around too if it's as tall as you say.
  4. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Thanks for the reply I wonder if I can demo a mower with a bagger on it?
  5. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Demoing a mower with the intention of cutting 12 acres just to return it would be a pretty shady thing to do. Personally, I would bush hog it for a few hundred, then cut it for a few hundred more. The other alternative(and better one) would be to bush hog it, then toss a very large finish mower behind the tractor and hit it again. Using any rider to cut 12 acres straight would be pretty pricey.
  6. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    Let it sit for a day or two between the bush hog and bagging to let clipping dry. Is there a place to dump on site?
  7. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

    I would even wait a week or 2 between cuts. Bush hog first then mow. Just take your time mowing with the deck set very high.
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,777

    Check with a rental company and see if you can rent a wide brush mower or a tractor/bush hog, then you can get the rental insurance for when you break something...you do understand that is highly likely you will break something don't you? Knee high...I wont even put my mower through that abuse, been there done that!!

    Paulup has a great suggestion, bush hog and then finish mow.
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    I would find someone to cut and bale it.
  10. Saltydawg

    Saltydawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Yea if you cant find someone to bale the hay (local farmers) probably best to just Bushhog it.
    A good bush hog will chop it up pretty good then you can finish mow it once the clippings have dried.

    I would dread trying to bag 12 acres of knee high grass.

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