T.L.C. Lawn Service

LawnSite Member
I am looking into some bush hog business... Does anyone have an idea what the going rate is for a bush hog. Or do they charge hourly...I have 2 bids coming up tommarrow and was just wondering how much to charge per acre?

Prime Seasons

LawnSite Member
Whitehall, MI
TLC Man:

This probably will make most people laugh, but...

My business is primarily focused on lawn maintenance. However, I do have some customers from time to time ask me to clear cut/brush hog cert properties. They range in size from 5,000 to 86,000 sq ft.

Now don't laugh too much here. I bought a dilapidated old 1963 LI two wheel gravely lawn tractor with a 30" saucer type deck. Man, this thing has only a 6.6 hp Studebaker motor, but it is really geared for torque. The thing devours grass & small trees up to 1 1/4" dia. and shreds to a pouree. In my area, I charge $50/hr (with minimum rate) for this and can clear about 1 acre per hour depending. I would never bid on fields or road sides, but can take care of lot sizes without much fuss.

Does this help?

John DiMartino

LawnSite Silver Member
I have done a few jobs,mostly for realtors who let the lawn turn into a field and need it mowed down.I charge 100-200an acre and clear up to 2" for this price,if there are lots of junk or stones I wont do them.I have ruined 2 front tires and done damage to mant blaeds ,even the breakaways will snap if you hit something right.I figure that into the price if its rough,I use a 32HP ford 1910 4x4with a 5ft woods brushhog.It has a loader,so i can use float to feel for any big rocks or rip out small trees and roots with it,so i can stop before the hog hits it.i can usually do about 1-2 acres an hour with it,depending on how smooth it is and the# of trees to go around.


LawnSite Member
Middle Tenn.
Prime Seasons
You won't make me laugh because I use a 1965 7.6 h.p. Gravely.I use mine for clearing lots and mowing ditches.Mine has a 30''mower and dual wheels,it will go any where.It is an amazing machine to be so old.


LawnSite Silver Member
$15 an acre?? I guess $15 is doable for you with a batwing, but I think you can be making more, no ?? We use those JD batwings for our airfields, so I know how fast you can clear an acre out!



LawnSite Member
wrightsville pa
i use 6ft. woods on 27hp. 4wd cub cadet, charge $20. per acre can mow on average 2.5 acres per hour., how ever you need to look at job before quoting price. always a minium as in $50.00. hight of field, terrian, access, and so on


LawnSite Addict
southeast pa
I did a brush hog job and it is very hard to look at a job and see what amount of time it will take you. I usually bid the job fairly and throw a couple extra bucks on top cause jobs like that your gonna almost always run into problems ( no matter what they might be) DONT GET SCREWED.....Sometimes its more worth not doing the job than losing your shirt.


LawnSite Senior Member
Best to sub out that sort of work. Hourly rate here is $40-
$65 p/h (AUD). Over here to run a 5' slasher(bush hog) you
need about 50-55hp with 75hp needed for 6'. I have a 50hp
Deutz with a 5' Superior slasher. I can flatten stuff up
to 6" in diameter.Check out Guidos pics. If you sub it out
to a slashing contractor,he will be able to give you a price
on the spot,usually. I've said it before,leave this work
to the guys who do it all the time. It isn't as easy as it looks and a lot of guys here get killed doing this work.