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Bush Hog Rates & Fees

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by naturescaretaker, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    What do you all charge for Bush Hog work by the hour? We are looking at bidding on a 500 acre site that wants is cut 6 times a year.


  2. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Messages: 943

    $7-10 per acre is what most advertise here. You will need a 15 foot batwing min, and will take a week to get it done. A new 2515 Bush Hog is runing 10,500 right now+ you will need a 100 Hp tractor to turn it. Not much profit the first year.
  3. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,953

    Well, I'm not going to be much help. I have a 6 foot bush hog and charge about $ 100.00 per hour with a $ 300.00 minimum. I usually do small messes for $ 300. The last time I mowed 18 acres of lespadeza and small trees, I think the customer got more than his money's worth. I mow 3 acres for $300 (1.3 hrs-because of obsticles) a few times a year for one customer.
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    I wouldn't even turn the key on the tractor for $10/ acre.

    $35-$45/ acre open and not overly grown with heavy brush.

    On edit: depending on terrain and obstacles.
    Rough terrain and many obstacles with saplings it is priced accordingly.
  5. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    The area is 540 acres and is flat and open. It's actually is an airport. There is also a second airport with 75 acres also to be bush hogged.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Rates vary widely for rough cut work. I have a 2-1/2 acre lot in North Carolina and they charge me $30 to cut it. I don't know what they cut it with and don't care. It keeps the HOA off my back.
  7. WigginsLandscaping

    WigginsLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    We are getting 65/acre here.
  8. Kev's Lawncare

    Kev's Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Call your local Ag. Extension office. They will have the info you need or at least a reasonable place to start.
  9. kingenterprises

    kingenterprises LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    WOW! 540 Acres. If you already have the equipment and a way to transport it, you have no problem. Otherwise you are looking at $60,000.00 worth of equipment new and 1/2 that used just to get started. Not included in the above price is a means to transport the equipment. It's not easy to move a 15FT bat wing brush hog, and a 100 horse tractor weighs over 10K lbs.

    I'd love to hear how the bid goes and if you get the business. With that kind of equipment, you can mow hiway right of ways, interstate medians and other large acerage.

    I'd bet you could keep the equipment busy.

    Good luck
  10. orangejbird

    orangejbird LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Go to your local implement dealer and rent a self propelled discbine. Charge double what the dealer charges to rent. If your cutting 6 times a year there isn't going to be tough growth to mow. You can mow up to 12 MPH in AC comfort with one of those machines.


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