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I WAS REFERRED TO A CUSTOMER THAT WANTS THE REAR SECTION OF THEIR YARD CLEANED UP..OLD FALLEN TREES SMALL SAPLINGS THAT WILL NEVER BE ANYTHING BIGGER...LOTS OF POISON IVY....A QUICK LOOK TELLS ME THERE IS PROBABLY ABOUT 15-25 YARDS OF WASTE THE AREA IS ON A HILL AND IS NOT VERY EASILY ACCESSED. DO YOU GUYS PRICE THIS TYPE OF WORK BY THE SQUARE FOOT OR BY VOLUME OF MATERIAL REMOVED...OR BY MAN HOURS PLUS DISPOSAL?..ANY INPUT WOULD BE HELPFUL..
 

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If you can get a rental wood chipper back into the location so you can just leave the chips there would be the only way
I would bid the job.

Frankly jobs like this are best to pass up.

Don't expect to get any other work from folks who just don't care what the property looks like.

This is a one shot deal price accordingly and get 1/2 min.
and a signed contract.
 

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I do a lot of this kind of work through a contract with our city. For brush or weed mowing, I charge by the square foot and whether it is a rough or finished cut. If I have to remove debris, I charge additionally by weight. If you take the material to a landfill, they should be able to give you a weight slip. I don't mind doing this kind of stuff, and since most guys don't want to, you can usually charge whatever you want. I don't recommend using a regular lawn mower to cut tall overgrowth. If you don't expect (or want) to do a lot of this kind of work, I'd pass on it. Also, it might be good to get your agreement in writing and collect up front.
 

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This type of work is what we look for. There are few people in this. I charge $50.00 per hour straight through, for just myself. More help is more per hour. I mow with the DR field and brush mower, remove derbis if necessary, charging by the cubic yard and add in landfill dump charges. Any additional equipment I need to rent is added in. Customers are thrilled to see the place cleaned up, no one else will do this kind of work!!! Charge what you want. Good luck!!
 

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I agree with Stone on this one. I would also pass on it, to much regular work to do. If you have nothing else to do and want to work go ahead, just get yourself a very good price. I would also have a new set of blades figured in the price if you are mowing the unknown.

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I also agree with Stone. A lot of jobs like this are under bid. You usually don't realize this until your 3/4 done. If theres no access to the back yard just forget about it. You don't want to walk from the back yard to your trailer 200 times!
 

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I somewhat agree with curlawngreen on this one. If you aint one of the 1,000,000$$ lawn care companies then this is an easy money maker. Get in and out in no time. I would charge a 40$ PER MAN HOUR rate. 2 to 3 hours and you are done. Dont know much about poison ivy though so i might pass just because of that.

Good luck on your decision.
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THANX TO ALL FOR THE INPUT...LET ME CLARIFY ABOUT THE ACCESS, HERE IS THE DEAL..PICTURE THIS 75 FOOT DRIVEWAY TWO CARS WIDE TO REAR. WHEN I SAID ACCESS WAS A PROBLEM I MEANT FOR ANY KIND OF A MACHINE, THIS IS ALL ON A SLOPE TOO STEEP FOR ANY SAFE MACHINE ASSISTANCE. LOCAL YARD WASTE / MULCH SALES CO. WILL SEND OUT A THIRTY YARD DUMPSTER FOR $600, WILL NEED TWO BRUSHCUTTER TYPE TRIMMERS AND ONE CHAINSAW. MOST ALL OF THE OVERGROWTH IS SAPLINGS AND FALLEN TREES. I ESTIMATE THE AREA TO BE ABOUT 75 X 60 AND WILL PRICE FOR A THREE MAN CREW TAKING TWO DAYS AT 35.00 A MAN HOUR THIS WAY IF IT REALLY SUCKS I'LL BE OK AND IF NOT MAYBE I'LL CUT THE PRICE AT THE END AS THEY SAID THEY ALSO WANT AN ESTIMATE FOR A KEYSTONE WALL AND A PAVER WALKWAY. AND AS FAR AS THEM NOT TAKING CARE OF THE PROPERTY THEY JUST INHERITED THE HOME AND THE PREVIOUS OCCUPANT WAS AN ELDERLY WOMAN...SO EITHER THEY ARE FULL OF S*** OR THEY REALLY WANT TO CLEAN IT UP..SO HERE ARE THE TOTALS AS I FIGURE THEM..$600.00 FOR THE DISPOSAL AND 1680.00 FOR THE LABOR.WITH THE STIPULATION THAT IF FOR SOME REASON THE DISPOSAL DUMPSTER IS TOO SMALL THEY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES. ALSO THERE IS A LOCAL LABOR COMPANY THAT RENTS OUT FULLY INSURED LABORERS FOR 13.00 AN HOUR, I HAVE HAD GOOD LUCK WITH THEM IN THE PAST, SO I'LL USE THEM FOR THIS ALSO.
 

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$50/hr is not enough. You should get that from regular mowing. Try to get $80/hr for the tall stuff. Lots more work, and not every cutter wants to do it.

Paul's Mowing,

How do you like the DR? Which model did you get?

[Edited by eslawns on 10-02-2000 at 03:30 AM]
 

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75 x 60 = 4500 square feet.

I've done jobs bigger than this by myself in less time than you are quoting. for the right money, I'll do 'em again (after the poison ivy frosts out).

steeper is even better. I am assuming it is downhill from overgrown area to the disposal site

if you gotta pull all that stuff up hill to dispose of it...just ignore this response!;)

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AS FAR AS THE FIELD MOWER IDEA THE SLOPE IS RATHER EXTREME AND AS FOR THE DISPOSAL .....THE AREA WHERE A DUMPSTER OR EVEN A CHIPPER FOR THAT MATTER WOULD BE, IS UPHILL FROM MOST OF THE WORK. AS FAR AS TIME ON THE JOB GOES..THERE ARE LOTS OF DOWNED TREES AND A GREAT MANY SAPLINGS...MOST OF THEM ARE SAY 2 INCH CALIPER LOTS OF VINES.POISON IVY AND OTHERS. THIS IS ACTUALLY NOT A FINISHED PART OF THE YARD, MORE LIKE THE BACK PORTION THAT THEY JUST WANT TO CLEAN UP.
 

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good luck on this job.

ole GEO doesn't hardly ever pull stuff uphill!

the money would have to be awfully sweet for me to bite on this one.

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ESLawns:

Love the DR.... Got the 15 HP Kaw. Great machine, plus 46" mower deck available, will work good for my application. Have mowed 1" thick brush with it, 6' tall. it works like they claim. I don't like the wheel drive clutch, have to hold it all the time. May revamp that. Have pics if like to see them.

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That's a good one. I would tell the customer that you are going to charge this job hourly, give them a ballpark quote for labour and disposal like you have, but make certain that they understand that if there are any hickups, anything that makes the job take longer, tell them it's going to cost them this much more and why. It might be a good idea to get this all in writing with a signature, I can't say enough about covering your ass when it comes to collecting the money. There just might be a maple stump buried under there, getting that out by hand will be a fair bit tricky. No doubt you'll want to get paid for it.
 

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$50-60hr ,5 hr minimum + disposal fee. get 1/2 down & a signed contract, did one of these last season & got screwed for $585.00 on a small reclamation of land about 1/2 acre. + there were no saplings or poison ivy. Customer never paid, & I could do nothing about it due to no signed contract. CYA
 
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