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hourly rate

sergsaa

LawnSite Member
Location
longview tx
hi everyone i'm planing on starting my lawn maintenance business soon and i would like to know if anyone can help me establish my hourly rate on my equipment, wich so far it is a 60" exmark zero turn, a 52" walk behind ekmark hydro, edger, line trimer, blower, te esentials along with hand tools, i'm planing on working in the notheast tx area,

thanks
 

punt66

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Simsbury CT
most solo guys shoot for $60hr no matter what their running. But every area is different. That also is assuming your using the right equipment. Of course you cant charge 60hr to mow a 2 acre lot with a 21.
 

360ci

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Kitchener, ON
I average it to $1/min, or $60/hr if you will for residential lots. A $25 lawn I can generally cut and trim in 20-25 minutes. It's less than a 2min drive between them all. I only run 21" mowers, so profit is good. With larger mowers I'd charge a bit more, more so for the added fuel and maintenance costs.
 

JCPM

LawnSite Member
Location
Middletown, CT
I charge $60hr for each guy who just mows and $30hr for guys who mainly trim and blow. You should always get around $80 to $100hr for a two man crew.
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tstutz

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Kansas
I completly agree with JCPM. Try to stay around $80-$100 for two man. Some may think thats a little too much but if your running the properly sized equiptment for the job most will be happy with that rate. I usually like to throw an average price to a potential customer at an estimate and then ask if i can mow it once to get an appropriate price per time.
 

TGM

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
seacoast, NH
$70/hr, but i'm in an area where prices are from $35-100/hr. you need to find out how economical you and your equipment is, what the market can bear, and how much you want to make. $60/hr or $1/min is a good average number to shoot for when it comes to mowing/maintenance.
 
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