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EgLawns
04-01-2010, 11:28 PM
Pretty new at cutting grass. Got REALLY lucky, a neighbor of mine has a friend who would like me to cut 10 acre's using their zero turn mower. I would be providing the gas, and the property is only 20 minutes away from my house. What is was wondering how much I should charge to cut 10 acre's. I would only be doing basic services like mowing and trimming.

jklawncare
04-01-2010, 11:29 PM
Go to the calculators tab and make sure to take all the measurements you need and look out for obsticles and add extra minutes..

EgLawns
04-01-2010, 11:31 PM
I am only 15, so all I really pay for is the gas. My parents provide everything else. I was wondering if any more experienced member has done a job like this, and what they charged.

jklawncare
04-01-2010, 11:38 PM
first
is it a 10 acre lot or is there a house in the middle?

EgLawns
04-01-2010, 11:41 PM
It is a 364 acre lot, but the owner wants me to do certain parts, and says it is roughly around 10 acre's combined. The parts of grass would be separated, so i would have to travel like 5 minutes between parts.

jklawncare
04-01-2010, 11:45 PM
do you know how many parts there are? any extra info you can providE?

EgLawns
04-01-2010, 11:48 PM
There are 6 parts none have trees on them, they are all FLAT, and in great shape. The grass as of right now is about 5 inches tall in all the areas. There would not be that much weed whacking, because only 3 parts have any buildings on them. Is that enough info?

JP Landscaping
04-02-2010, 12:04 AM
This is a simple one. since all you are providing for is your gas and a vehicle to get there, then how much do you want to make per hour?

Tell him your hourly wage and add the amount of gas you spend.

For example say: I will mow it for $15 an hour and charge the gas spent. Tell him to try it once. if he thinks it's too high then you guys can work out another price. But I don't believe any other Lawn company will charge him that low so I think you would get the job.

EgLawns
04-02-2010, 12:06 AM
I was thinking of charging him anywhere between $25 to $40 dollars, this person is very wealthy so I don't think it would be a problem for him.

jklawncare
04-02-2010, 01:22 AM
that is WAY too low..theres alot of expierienced lawn care owners on here that would be glad to help out..they can explain better than i can..

EgLawns
04-02-2010, 08:40 AM
I messed up. I meant I would charge him 25 to 40 dollars per hour. Is that too much?

EgLawns
04-03-2010, 11:27 AM
is that a fair price, or should i just charge him 700 dollars every time i mow it

JP Landscaping
04-03-2010, 12:20 PM
$25-$30 per hour seems fair if you are using his equipment and billing him for the gas. I know of guys that charge $50-$60 per acre using their own equipment and they have all their business expenses. So I think $700 just for labor seems high to me. but if he's willing to pay that go for it.

Yard Elements
04-03-2010, 01:07 PM
If he supplies the gas and mower and you are new to the biz, tell him you want to mow year round every month in the winter, charge 25-30 an hour if he will pay it and this will help your income untill you get established I did this last year and it helped me alot. I am currently thinking about dropping the job since I make more than 30 hour on most other jobs but it's woth it if you are just starting besides you can market to his neighbors give them bids and make extra $

IMHO

EgLawns
04-03-2010, 01:22 PM
I would be supplying the gas. Do you think 35 dollars an hour would be asking too much?

Yard Elements
04-04-2010, 01:22 AM
I have the same kind of gig and I get $25 an hour but they supply the gas.

Once you get busy it might be too little. I am finding I don't like doin the $25 an hour job even though it toatls about $400 a month LOL because I make more mowing other lawns by the job. Hope this helps.

Shark1611
02-07-2011, 11:21 PM
I mow five acres with two mowers and chage the cat $300.00! Flat and very little trees. Wow you have fun with that one.

kdvandco
02-08-2011, 02:44 AM
I messed up. I meant I would charge him 25 to 40 dollars per hour. Is that too much?

your fifteen, just starting,and using his stuff, if anything your a liability, Id be happy to get 12 bux an hour for that job considering theres no trimming involved.

Remember your gonna be around this guy along time, this job sounds like you could "milk the clock" a little, but in the long run he could be a very important customer for you. And as you get a little older so will your responsibilities around all that acrage, and then your pay. So I'd play dumb and say 13 dollars an hour, after he laughs at the odd number.
look him dead in the eye and say ok then 12, and don't flinch.


if you start hi now, he'll think your always gonna be kinda hi.
Thats just my 14 cents.:)