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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Herrick, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Herrick

    Herrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    How long would you estimate to cut these two schools using a single 72" mower?


  2. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    School 1 - 14 hours seat time, a ton of edging and string trimming - 12-14 hrs and then 3-4 hours blowing. School 2- 6 hours mowing - 3 hours to string trim and edge. 1 hour blowing.
  3. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    Thats alot of area to cover. I'm not so sure that I would want an account that big. Make sure you make it worth your while if you get my drift.
  4. Kglenn04

    Kglenn04 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    that is a lot of area for one man, If you are placing a bid make it a healthy one
  5. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,305

    I don't think one 72" will cut it. you'd need either another 72" or two or a WAM.

    I'd try a tractor with one of those turf bat-wing mowers, you could probably find one and a tractor used for a pretty good price
  6. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    $50 should cover it...
  7. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    you need an overlay of what 1 acre is at the scale of the sat. picture . get a price per acre and multiply. figure hours by the 80% rate on mfg website for your mower. Your best bet is to walk off an acre your self using points visible on the sat. photo like a tree or edge of school. The one thing a sat photo doesn't show is topograhy so account for hills and gulleys by an onsite inspection. For trimming and edging get a wheel that measures distance and time yourself how long it takes to edge 100 ft of sidewalk. time trimming as well. these are your baseline #'s . Now go and measure the total distance to be edged and trimmed onsite. when you've done your homework pad some time for getting there and a margin of error in estimating. Don't forget profit and equipment replacement costs . whalla! you've got a price
  8. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    One guy in our town cuts the high school, junior highschool, and all 4 elementary schools with a ztr. Up here there is no trimming and little if any blowing because he like i face the chute away from lots and streets. If your bidding on that its public information if they are public schools. So look it up.
  9. heather lawn sp

    heather lawn sp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    1.4 acres per hour
    2.4 if no trimming involved

    38 schools per cycle-18 cycles
    140 acres
    since 2003
    JD 997
  10. heather lawn sp

    heather lawn sp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    . . .per hour:rolleyes:

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