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Estimating survey


LawnSite Senior Member
OK here is an excersise for the commercial guys out there.
I'll give some measurements for a medium sized subdivision
we maintain over here. Price for mow and trim only.(We do
full service on this site but don't worry about that for now) Don't worry about converting to Australian dollars,
I'll work all that out. The person with the closest estimate will win an autographed photo of my truck. :)

Measurements are as follows.
Mowing:- 12 acres or 522720 square feet
Trimming curb,footpaths and garden beds:- 32808linear ft.

Terrain:- mostly flat,but 1 embankment to mow,nothing serious.
Turf species:- Greenless Park Couch.
Mowing height:-2 1/4 "
Equipment used:- Walker MT26 48"ghs deck.Atom blade edger,
Solo trimmer.
All grass is bagged,but dumped on nearby vacant lots.

If you need to see pics of this site,go to Guidos equipment
pics. They are fairly representative of the site.

I look foward to seeing your estimates.



LawnSite Gold Member
What in the world is "GREENLESS PARK COUCH"

I pulled a sheet from a govt. contract, broke their numbers down that they used.

Looks like a govt. contractor would have bid in the neighborhood of $320.00 to do it.

That didn't include bagging though so I would raise it to Oh say, $475.00 per cut.

I used to cut 10 open acres with a Church on it and very little trimming for $180.00 per cut. Using 2 Choppers we have done it in less than 2 hrs. Using 2 Choppers and 2 Lazers we mowed it in 55 minutes. I don't know how long it will take you with one mower.


Richard Martin

LawnSite Fanatic
Greenville, NC
My bid on this job would be high. Around $1000.00+. There are 3 reasons for the high price. 1: The relatively slow speed Walkers move at. 2: Having to stop and dump the clippings. The 6.2 miles of trimming. The trimming is the part that really drives the price up. How long does it take you to do this job?


LawnSite Silver Member
Ontario, Canada
I have a Walker 48" we do some soccer fields will it. They are around 3 acres, so my estimate for your property would be around Can $680. I'm not sure about the edging though, we do very little of it here.
The rate for schools here are from Can $22 to $29 per hour using farm tractors with 6' mowers on the back. I tried to bid the job but they said they were unsure my mowers could do the work. More Board of Ed morons making the decisions, I'm gonna try to rebid it again this year. I am giving them the phone number of the Town that I already do work for to ask them questions.


LawnSite Member
I usually charge $35.oo per acre but since you're bagging I would go to $45.00..Then I would tack on another 15% percent for trimming..So I would say around $620 per cut..CleanCut


LawnSite Senior Member
I can't say I would never bag that much grass, but chances are VERY slim. Using one Walker and one trimmer the price would be around $1318. Using a DC without bagging it would be apx. 780.