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Garden tilling anyone?

upsondown

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
culpeper, va
Curious to know if any of you guys offer garden tilling to your customers. We started offering it last year and I've been amazed at the number of calls we've received this past week. We have 65 gardens to do this week and it's Monday morning.... I thought I was nuts for laying the money out for the attachment and had some reservations - but it will be paid for with this week's work alone - so it was a good decision. Any other guys in here do garden tilling? By the way - I ain't talkin about a walk-behind - gut pounder type of tilling.
Dave
 

olderthandirt

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
here
I've done it before If I was close and needed some quick cash
5ft tiller on a 40hp tractor gives you some pretty gut pounding tilling and some awful loose soil lol

Mac
 

alpine692003

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Vancouver, BC
What I offer in my service is called GARDEN BED MAINTENANCE!

I offer in that service; yard, leaf debris removal, pull out weeds, rotate/till soil!

I hope that's the same as the service you offered!
 

FrankenScagMachines

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
IN
Originally posted by ccwmlw
How do you charge on this service?
I have a 36” tiller on the back of a 20hp hydrostatic Wheel Horse tractor and I have a 18” walk behind rear tine tiller, I charge $20 minimum (maybe $25 this year) and $40 an hour after that… subject to raise to $45 this year LOL. I charge the same for the little tiller as the big one because you’d only use it in small areas that won’t take too long and I don’t like to muscle it when I can ride 20 ponies at once… it can be good money if you have the equipment…as with all work, I try to price by the job not the hour if I have a good idea how long it will take (you can get more money per hour this way) but it’s often hard because you don’t know the soil type and moisture and how many passes it will take, etc. so I just say $40 an hour with a $20 minimum (or whatever the rate will be).
 

DLS1

LawnSite Bronze Member
I am out in the country and I till with a troybuilt rear tine tiller. A tiller rents for $22 per hour with 2 hour minimum so I charge minimum $45 for first hour and take a guess how much more it will take me to finish the job past 1 hour. Jobs usually take me about 10 - 15 minutes drive time.
 
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upsondown

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
culpeper, va
I charge by the job. I get $125-$150 flat rate. Longest one has taken yet has been 1 hour.
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
I get around 30 to 40 for areas up to 1200 sq. ft. (40'x30'). I've never figured out an exact formula, because you never know the conditions you're going into for the till - whether it's previously worked grond, or new till (BIG difference). I just use a 12 hp John Deere tractor with a 36" tiller. It does a great job, though.
 
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