I'm trying to break into the business and would like to get my local town to contract out their mowing for their parks. It's a small town but they have at least 75 or more acres to mow. My problem is how do I sell them my services when they don't know how much they spend on mowing it now (with city workers)? They are currently using a 12 ft. 3 deck pto driven mower towed by a 4600 Deere tractor. Another employee does all the trim with a front mount mower. Does anyone have an estimate on how many acres per hour they might average mowing with the pto driven set up? My guess is they travel around 4 mph. Also does anyone have an estimate as to the approximate cost per acre or per hour to operate this equipment excluding labor? I believe there is room for me to save them money since I would be using an Excel Hustler dual range wing (12 ft, z turn, approx 7-8 mph mowing speed or better). Judging from some limited observation, I would guess that I could cut their mowing time by about half. Anyone with experience that could confirm or correct my estimate? They currently are using 3 employees to mow; one is full time year around, the other two are summer help @ $9 p/h. The full time guy doesn't always spend his full work week mowing, but the public works director doesn't know how many hours a week they spend mowing in total. I don't have exact figures on total acreage yet, I know 2 parks total 55 acres and there is more, not sure of amount. It appears that my only option at this point is to come up with the figures for their current cost myself, so any info, help or suggestions would be appreciated, especially any info on equipment operation costs. Thanks in advance.