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Would would you bid!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Forest Hills, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. Forest Hills

    Forest Hills LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I was wondering how long approx. 20 commercial acres would take to mow (Some rolling hills/Flat area) I have an idea but don't want to under/over bid what the job is worth!
    I would be using a
    1-2 48in exmark walk behind
    1-60 inch. Laser
    Also can you give me what you would charge on this! There is not much edging, but trimming! This 20 acres is spread across 5 different lots, 3 are next to each other, & 2 are next to each other about 5 miles away! This company will probably be a little bit picker then other commercial accounts!

    I will be paying 2 employees $9.00 each and myself the owner!
    Thanks in advance!
  2. jester

    jester LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    With out looking at it I would have to say around $600.
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    i steer clear of large properties since you can't generate as much profit from them (generally speaking).

    lets say you charged $60/acre, that's $1200/cut. I don't think anyone is going to pay over a grand to have 20 acres mowed every week unless they're EXTREMELY conscious of their property. I would bid it in the neighborhood of $1000-1500/cut depending on location and the clientel.

    I wouldn't even be dissapointed if they laughed at me for my bid. I'd rather stay above $60/acre and do a little driving around than drop to $30/acre and spend the day.
  4. timinkc

    timinkc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    20 acres...about $400
  5. jaybird

    jaybird LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    18 to 22 dollars per acrea
  6. greenback

    greenback LawnSite Member
    from L.I.
    Messages: 175

    really, so if i was one of your customers with an acre you would charge me 20 bucks for the mow. where can i sign my contract with you. what do you charge for a house with 1/4 acre????:D
  7. Lizard

    Lizard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

  8. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    In SE Iowa - My bid is $15 per acre x 20 = $300 + 5 unload fees @ $20 = $100 = $400 total. - With this mower I mow 6-7 acres per hr. which means that with travil time I would probably take 4.5 hrs to complete job = $89 per hr.

    wide deck-ft. view-driveway-painted.jpg
  9. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386


    How does that extra deck handle the more rough terrain of most large acre jobs.
  10. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Tremendous - I adjusted my hydro so the tractor mows at 10 1/2 mph which is still too fast in august when it gets really dry and rough, but - I mowed all season last year with it, and absolutely no problems. It stood up to the rigors of 30 hrs per week with no problems. That is why I have not mentioned it too much. I wanted to R & D it first (Research and Developement)

    When it is rough and dry and I have a lot of obstacles - 5 acres per hr.

    When it is moist -(spring - fall) and I can go 10 1/2 - 7 acres per hr. even when having to trim around lines of equipment like in this pic.


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