? what to charge on this?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Brianslawn, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    how much would you charge for a square mile of open finish mowing with no trimming or blowing? weekly price? :help:
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    $19,200 (or $30 an acre) Around here there are companies that only do this type of work and I have seen the price as low as $8 an acre. You would need some serious mowers for that job. It would take 2 60" Zs working 10 hours a day, 7 days to cut this. give or take (640 acres)
  3. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
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    25000 a week.
  4. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    How many employees are you going to be able to put on this one job? I guess you could assume one man and machine could do 3 arcres an hour? That may be conservative, it may be too high, I don't really know what you would be cutting.
  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    I dunno about a price but a job like that IMO opinion would be really cool! You just need a big ass mower if you are a small company and thats what i like, to stay a small company but big enough that this is my full time job. And an account like that would really keep me in business if i had the big mower to do it! Srry about this out of place post but, THATS HUGE and i think its awsome!!!
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    Obviously you would handle this one of two ways. You would have large tractors with finish mowers and put a couple guys on them and send them out for the week. How many acres can you cut with a large tractor and big finish mower a day? I have no clue myself. But I am guessing two large pieces of equipment could get it done in a week. But then you have the problem of having them there all the time. They are right back mowing the next Monday, so this is permanent duty for them. Of course, you could throw another couple large tractors and finish mowers at it and probably finish it in two days or so. Again, I am just guessing at what the actual production with a 10' finish mower might be. Any way you look at this, you are going to have a rather large investment in equipment for one job.

    The other route, which I can't see anyone taking, would be to throw 5 or 6 72" ZTR's at it. Again, they would probably be on site 5 days a week, every week mowing the same 640 acres. This would be pretty rough on employees in a number of ways. Obviously the tractor thing would be the logical choice.

    Anyway I look at it, I would have already had to have stepped into this kind of market before to ever consider it. I would not go out and get the amount of equipment required to do it for this one job. In other words, if I had something like this, I likely would have had 5 or 6 this same size already or small ones at least equaling 5 times this one. I would hate to be making a large portion of my income on one job. Same goes for the equipment. You don't want that stuff sitting around unused. Then their is the employee issue. I think I would be hard pressed to let one job be responsible for that much of my total gross income. I think if it were any more that 20% of my total work load, it isn't the job for me.
  7. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    2 things.

    first of all, ive heard about guys that do stuff like this and was curious if anyone else on here did similiar and what they charge.

    second, i got ask to give a bid on the largest biz proberty in town. waiting on papers to be faxed and will have to ask how many acres exactly. lots of open mowing, there is lots of edging if they want it current guy not doing much though, mile of chain link fence they been spraying with round up. about the only trimming is around building which me may be able to spray, few bushes to trim if they specify. to drive around the block its on is about a mile and a half total, but actual grass is probably only 100-150 acres (rough guess). current guys got tractor with big finish deck for open field areas and big Z for smaller areas.

    i'll let you know actual size and what i bid.
    thanks :waving:
  8. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    lease 2 or 3 tractors with linkage mowers, have them full time cutting that one job, don't buy the gear, and don't have the machines idle, least amount of machines, max amount of hours. imo.

    wish I could land that type of work here, beats racing around lots of individual jobs pullin' trailers around and hoping you get paid promptly and dealing with a lot of smaller accounts, less very big ones interest me the most. hurts more when you lose a biggie, but.....
  9. budracin

    budracin LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 29

    $45.000 a year. there is enough there to make it a full time job
  10. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,973

    I dunno about that method of thinking.....it is people who go cutting grass to supplement or replace a wage that lower what the industry average is trying to sustain from people who do this as a business, not to just replace a job.

    I don't agree with how you see this job, I will admit I haven't done the math to see if you are going to be earning the same as a business price, or whether your price is what is average for a wage in your country.

    don't forget machinery costs etc.....

    I just can't see how you can really benefit being so cheap after expenses.

    And why?

    we are here doing this to make real money....not work for wages, imo.

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