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Who would load up for $55

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jbell113, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    If you got a call on friday night to mow saturday and you did not plan on working ....would you do it for $55 and it was under 10 miles away...about 1/2 acre?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Way I see it, Lawncare is agricultural and from what I understand, ag folk work Mon-Fri FULL-time while Saturday is optional, could be a full day but really a half-day is nice as a way to finish off the week / get a head-start on next.

    Most the time I don't leave the house for anything less than 3 yards and I prefer 4, but then I hardly get $55 for a full acre, cut + trim.

    So yeah I likely would do it, $55 for 1/2 acre up to 10 miles one way. Couple hours at most with driving and all and IF I didn't have a full schedule, that is.
  3. Sky King

    Sky King LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Yes, Yes,Yes
  4. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    subtract the gas cost and travel time cost,..... your windsheild time is of value also

    most of my lawns are within 5 miles, so i may do this alot if i feel like it, some are a couple blocks away....
  5. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    I was hoping for a positive answer on this cuz I got that call tonight. Thanks for the quick reply
  6. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    I did add $10 to the cost. I qouted it at $45 last week
  7. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    I would do it in a heartbeat, Saturday morning or Saturday night at 10PM, makes no difference to me.
  8. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Hows business down in your neck of the woods...Has it picked up any?
  9. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    what size mower will you be using?

    10 miles away= 10-12 mins if your able to drive 60 mph.... more realistic, 15mins X 2 (both ways)= 30 mins windshield time....$5 in truck fuel & about another $8 for all equipment fuel for an hr. allowance.... $5 + $8= $13 in fuel expense

    22 mins in travel = $22.... $22 + $13= $35 dollars total.... $55- $35= $20

    i'de charge a drop gate of $30 so that would include a job under .25 acre = 10 mins or less.... so .50 acres = a job that could be in & out for 45 mins including travel (actual cut time= 15mins or so) w/o expenses... $35 + $13 expense = $48....

    if all this makes sense, go out there & GIT R DONE!

    LAWNS AND MOWER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,129

    Is this a one time mow, or did you land the account??

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