What does your mower cost to operate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RyanD, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. RyanD

    RyanD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    per hour? I was doing some figuring and I came up with $8.42. This included fuel, oil, filters, grease, anticipated repairs, cleaning, and replacement cost. I was just curious what others had figured.
  2. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    u cant in ur wildest dreams anticipate repairs.... and do u bring it to a carwash for cleaning or what costs are in that?
  3. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 739

    At this rate, one could buy a NEW mower (zero turn at that) every 5 months.
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    could you explain how you came up with that figure in detail? maybe we can spot the problem or understand your reasoning
  5. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    Wow, that is low! We operate the LCO teaams at $13.40 mh. I shall not explain in detail, but Larry Brown has an Excel sheet to do the figures for you.
  6. rodneyskip

    rodneyskip LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 196

    Most ztrs use more than a gallon an hour. There is half the cost.
    Then you have blades, oil, belts, depreciation, insurance, etc...

    I think that he is on target. Depends on how much his ztr cost in the first place.

    Of course if he has a Deere, he won't have much depreciation.
  7. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    The mower fuel is one expense, but there's also 2 cycle mix, depreciation, truck fuel, overhead costs, insurance, worker's comp., taxes, and marketing costs. Plus whatever time is used in the back-end of the operation.
  8. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 865

    Yep, that # seems reasonable. Like Rodeny said, the fuel can account for about 1/2 of that, then there is the labor costs associated with daily maintenance, sharpening blades, blowing it off, greasing it. Then there are the oil changes, so cost of oil/filter plus labor to change it. Then there is the cost of new blades, belts, bearings, new tires, etc. Things start adding up fast.
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    I agree....now!
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    very accurate...our wb's are around $7.75 and Z's btween 8 and 10 depending on size.

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