Just got off the phone with a new customer who I've mowed for one time. He's got about 4 acres of which I mow 2 and the other 2 is a hayfield. His property is very well kept and very very nicely landscaped with a myriad of plants, shrubs, trees, flowerbeds, you name he's got it scattered all throughout his yard. Lots of stuff to mow around and be careful of right. I quoted him a price of $75 to cut only, no trimming. He wanted to do the trimming himself since he trusts noone to his precious trees being knicked by their weedeater. He asked if I could mow the bank along the house which is a tree-lined section about 6 ft wide by 400ft. I looked at it and said yeah I can do that no problem. When I got in to mow the bank to my surprise it was very steep and unaccesible against a road that is narrow and traffic though not heavy, can be sporadically. I nearly got hit by a car when mowing this bank. Even with my small 21" mower I had a tough time getting this bank trimmed. So I called the customer back and told him that I would still mow but not the bank and since I'm not doing the bank I will charge only $65 instead of $75. He calls me back and says since I'm not mowing the bank how about I mow what I am now plus the 2 acre hayfield for $75. This hayfield is flat nothing to go around but the growth is high and would take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. I explained to him that I couldn't do it for that amount of money. I told him that my rate is $65 per hour and it would take me at least 2 hours to cut everthing which would = $130 dollars. He says "I can put a guy on a backhoe for that kind of hourly rate and I don't think of a lawn mower as being of that same calibre". I didn't let on to him but that p***ed me off! I explained that I can't run an $11,000 dollar machine for the amount of money he was willing to pay and if he changed his mind I would meet him in the middle @ $90 which is generous. I know that I should've walked the bank before agreeing to cut it. That's my mistake. This is a very nice property that is a relatively easy mow...but would you take $75 bucks for 2 hours of work with an expensive machine?