What it takes for me to operate these days. EQUIPMENT ONLY New truck $40,000/ Used truck $20,000 Trailer $2,500-$3,000 ZTR $5,000-$10,000 (2) Commercial 21"s $1,000 ea. Sidewalk edgers $600-$1,000 ea. Yard Marvel power rakes $1,000 ea. Aerator $2,000 Trimmers $200-$300 ea. Pressure washer $1,300 Various rakes, shovels, etc. $200 OPERATING COST Gas $3.50++++++++++++++ Ins. $600 Fees for disposing of daily clippings, leaves, etc. $15-$20 Tires for trucks, trailers, ZTRs, etc. $800 per year. Oil for everything $500 per year. I've never even had the luxury of owning a new truck, I run my tires till they are on the belts, I fix almost everything instead of replacing it. I don't see how I can operate any cheaper than I already do and these people keep asking for lower and lower prices but I'm not giving in. I can't believe they think I can run my equipment day in and day out for pennies on the dollar. I'm almost at the point where I'm not going to give free estimates anymore because I drive all over town just be told I'm to high. You guys tell me if I'm high. Mowing, trimming, and sidewalk edging. 1/8 acre $25 1/4 acre $35 1/3 acre $45 1/2 acre $55 1 full acre $75 and each additional after that is $50 more.