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    Default Price check on bushhogging

    I don't do a lot of bushhogging, I don't even have the equipment to do it. I have one property that we bushhog the horse pastures twice per year, but it's included in the maintenance contract, and I just rent when I need to do it.

    So, I'm wondering what others charge. The tractor, trailer, and bushhog rent for around $350 per day.

    I just picked up a builder who needs their empty lots bushhogged now, and periodically throughout the year until they're ready to build on them.

    I'm looking at 158 lots, and I need to be the best possible price as I'm not their only LCO...they're putting it out to bid.

    I have no idea the size of the lots, I'm seeing if the rep can give me an avg size, either way I'll need to go look at them. But let's assume they're 1/3 acre or less, and they're scattered throughout 6 neighborhoods.

    More than likely haven't been touched since late last summer, so let's assume the growth is around 4'+' tall.

    Off the top of my head I think I could do maybe 1 neighborhood per day, but that may be a little ambitious. There's also a few utilities and maybe some ditches on some that will need to be string trimmed.

    So I'm looking at a solid week of bushhogging, and as of right now I'm not sure how to price it.

    What would be a good ball park price?

    Any help is appreciated.
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    Default Re: Price check on bushhogging

    I do some bushhogging Byl, and here is what I do.

    First, I have a 45hp tractor with a 6' bushhog.

    On good open areas, with grass that is not too thick, and no obstacles (tree, utilities, etc.) I can cover about 2 acres per hour.

    More realistically, I cover about 1.3 to 1.5 acres per hour. In the really thick stuff, its about 1 acre per hour.

    I charge $60 per hour, with a 3 hour minimum ($180)

    I figure that even a 1 acre job takes me about 3 hours to do, by the time I hook up the bush hog, load it on the trailer, travel to the site, and return home. That's why I have the minumum charge.

    I am probably a little high, because when I bid jobs, I usually don't get them. But, I ain't coming down on my price.

    I hope this helps.....
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    Default Re: Price check on bushhogging

    Thanks Nick, that helps a good bit.

    At least gives me something to compare to.
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    shows what I know. I thought it was called brush hogging!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DynaMow View Post
    shows what I know. I thought it was called brush hogging!!!
    Actually, the term 'bushhog' is a brand name of a rotary cutter. Its kind of like when people would use the term 'xerox' for 'copying'

    The proper term would be something like 'clipping', or 'mowing', or 'rotary cutting'
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    Default Re: Price check on bushhogging

    still shows how much I know.....



    ..... I thought it was a BrushHog

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    Default Re: Price check on bushhogging

    At $60 per hour I can "net" more money sitting home playing online poker.

    Fuel=$5
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    I charge $65.00 per hour plus travel time.
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    Default Re: Price check on bushhogging

    Quote Originally Posted by DynaMow View Post
    still shows how much I know.....



    ..... I thought it was a BrushHog


    It's actually called Slashing.

    eg. I'm going down to slash the back 40 Acres


    Amedge, I think you may struggle to compete against someone who has their own slasher, because I think they would charge that out at a lesser $/Hr figure in their calculation of the overall cost than what you may actually be paying to hire your slasher (am I reading that right you hire one when you need it?)

    This would leave you "less to play" with, as to what is" left over" for YOU

    My tractor is old (55years to be exact) and when I'm in the REALLY long tuff stuff I sharpen the blades hourly, you can feel the difference in the ground speed.
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    Default Re: Price check on bushhogging

    Well, I got the sqft per lot and it totals right at 32 acres, but like I said it's in 6 different hoods.

    My wife has a friend who happens to have a tractor & bushhog, and he told her he wanted to bid it, so I'm gonna let him.

    Honest;y I don't care to pick it up, but if I can sub it out I definitely will.

    I have a feeling I won't get it due to price, but if I don't bid then I definitely won't.

    I'll keep you posted.

    BTW, Craig....I'm in the South...we like to hog the bush...not the brush



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    Default Re: Price check on bushhogging

    craig doesn't care, as long as the hog has a bush...
    Somewhere out there is the beast. And he's hungry tonight.

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    Default Re: Price check on bushhogging

    Quote Originally Posted by AmEdge View Post
    Well, I got the sqft per lot and it totals right at 32 acres, but like I said it's in 6 different hoods.
    32 acres would justify buying a tractor. Bid the job, if you get it, buy the tractor. You should be able to get 3 years at 0% or something close to that. A $500 a month note would be better than $350 a day in rent. And you should be able to charge at least $1500 per cutting.

    If later on, you loose the account, sell the tractor.
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    Default Re: Price check on bushhogging

    Quote Originally Posted by completelawncare View Post
    32 acres would justify buying a tractor. Bid the job, if you get it, buy the tractor. You should be able to get 3 years at 0% or something close to that. A $500 a month note would be better than $350 a day in rent. And you should be able to charge at least $1500 per cutting.

    If later on, you loose the account, sell the tractor.
    Ahhh jeez Nick, now you're gonna piss off my wife. LoL!

    My credit's not too good right now because I own 2 houses. Luckily I'm getting rid of the rental house and supposed to close next week. I maybe could get some financing then.

    I really would like to be able to sub it out, but the guy I mentioned earlier has a regular job and could only do it from 4pm til dark which is around 8pm...I think it'd take him a month to do it at that pace.

    I'm going to think about it this weekend.

    I'm going to bid it regardless, but I think I'm gonna go high.
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