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mowing per hr prices/rates

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jsaunders, Mar 16, 2002.

  1. jsaunders

    jsaunders LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,781

    What are you guys charging per hour to mow? People talk about $1 per min-$60 hr/per man. On large accounts, due you give them a deal or do you charge more per hr? I would like to know because there are a lot of people lowballing to get accounts- while I don't want to lose any if I could make more and help raise prices for everyone we can all win.

    My equip.
    2000 ford f-350
    86 chevy 1 ton dump
    85 gmc 3/4 ton pickup
    ferris dd hydro 52
    ferris sd hydro 48
    scag hydro 48
    lawn tractor 42
    a couple of 21 mowers
    enclosed 7x14
    open 6.5x12
  2. tlcservices

    tlcservices LawnSite Member
    from fl
    Messages: 61

    what does it cost you to mow?
    answer that first and i'll help you
  3. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    here I charge $45/hr mowing-- Trimming and pruning $50/hr adn landscape services $60 /hr. this is average here. Find out what people charge around your area and figure it around that. If you do really good work charge more ( word will get around about quality) If you just want to get in and get out charge a little less.------DON'T LOWBALL
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    $65 per hour to mow...just mow.
  5. Harvestman

    Harvestman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    I shoot for $60.00 hour mowing with a z. This includes trimming and edging. Harvestman
  6. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    we dont price per hour we price per square foot.
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585


    I think I saw an earlier post from you today on a small job that someone was asking the members to estimate...your estimate I think was around $30 and I think it was a 30 or 40 minute job.A few others had estimates similar to yours. I thought the job was worth about $45.... but we all live in different price areas.

    What I'm trying to get at is do you have a bare minimum just to show up? If you dont, then setting a goal of $60 an hour for mowing seems difficult to actually attain if you're loading and unloading for $30 jobs and then driving to the next one for $30..In no way am I being critical rather I'm just trying to understand how the $60 per hour is acheived.
  8. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

    Mowing prices will vary from state to state!!! We are the closest to you jsaunders, we are in Maine. We get $35.00 per hr for each mower, $29.00 hr for pruning and general labor at $21.00hr, Our plowing price is at $100.00 hr. That is all the market will allow in my area! Some others can get $45 to $60.00 an hour for mowing in other states but after 9-11 we have to be careful on our costs cause alot of people are still nervous about spending $$$$$$$
    I use to road race AMA & CCS motorcycles 600 & 750 super-sport and superbike at NHIS (New Hampshire International Speedway) Are you anywhere nere there?????

  9. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    when you mow what size mower are you useing????
  10. I think the $60/hr is figured off of the hour meter of the ZTR. I have vastly different sizes of mowers, so I calculate different goals per hour of operation for each mower. Manual labor I calculate separately (usually by trying to avoid it:D ).

    My best chance for improvement is to improve efficency when the hour meter stops. That's where lawnsite helps me a lot. With improving customer routing, or should I use a palm pilot? Is my trailer quick and easy to load? Things like that.

    The cost of operating a machine was pretty well set when the mower was manufactured and sold for a set price. Of course some mowers are better than others.

    Of course I don't bill by the hour, just use these price goals to quote jobs.


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