How long to Mow 51 acres

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Zetsch, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. bln

    bln LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I used to do 25 acres with 2 60's and a trimmer in 3-4 hours depending on the conditions. Then i got smart and would drop a guy off to mow and go do other things with my trimmer guy. 5.1/2 hours later show back up and two would whip and one would blow. It turned out to be a great system.
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  2. inHaliburton

    inHaliburton LawnSite Member
    from Picton
    Messages: 197

    Ask him if you can cut one or 2 acres and time it, then do the math...
  3. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,527

    You should get a couple 72's, I have a 72 and a 60 Super and 60's suck! SLOW!
  4. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,845

    Figure it out first time and money. HIs $75K could be good deal?? IF you get it, go to ebay, bid on a WAM or tri deck mower if you have a tractor with the ponies. I have a 50 acre site - two wams. In and out. I have done it with a 72 front mount mowers and no way, slow, man time etc.
  5. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,527

    I have read on this site where people have figured out 2 15 MPH 72 z's are more productive than their batwing 15 footers and here locally where I live I just talked to a outfit a few weeks ago and they use 72 inch Supers ganged in 2 and say it is more cost effective and faster than the batwing setups they have.

    Not all mowers are created equal.
  6. beaureguard

    beaureguard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Who could mow at 15mph? Seems like that would beat the crap out of the machine!

    I have mowed 15-20 acres with a 61" ztr - it took me 12+ hrs, not sure on the speed. I now use a 12" mower behind a tractor and it is 6 1/2hrs mowing at 4mph. I do understand that even 1 60" mowing at 8 mph might equal the time, but the beating the operator will take is much more. If big open spaces, I would take the tractor any day. And the trimming can take as much as 20/trimming. But trimming can vary from property to property.
  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,762

    Our Deere salesman told us the same thing. He sold new 72's to 2 schools and 2 towns, they traded in their batwings for the 72's because they were faster and more maneuverable. As for the OP my guess would be 6-8 hours. If it really is a good money making account spend the money and buy a couple 72's, they will probably save you 3 hours per mow.
  8. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    Go watch the guy that does it now and see how long it takes him. Also check out what he's using to cut with.
  9. SP Landscaping

    SP Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

  10. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    15 MPH is hauling on anything but Sports Fiields and Greens.

    I would think 2 AC an hour is fairly aggressive per 60" machine

    That would be 12 hours per mowing with 2 machines the OP owns.

    36 mowings or is it irrigatated?

    Lets say you put 3 guys on it, one for trash and whipping.

    12 X 3 Guys 36 hours a visit
    36X 36 X $50= 64,800

    36 X 44 visits X 50 = $79,200

    There is room there for sure as $50 an hour for mowers is high IMHO. You also need some fudge factor as well. Particularly since 2 AC per hour per machine is some what aggressive

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