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Uncle Saggy 06-17-2019 09:43 AM

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Originally Posted by RattlesnakeDan (Post 14201343)
I get 150 for the first acre and $50/acre after that so getting that shredded for $40 is like free. lol Most guys around here are 200 to 250 minimum plus 50/acre after the min.



You get $600 for 10 acres?

myway 06-17-2019 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by WItoTX (Post 14201604)
This is what Monsanto got sued and lost about, to the tune of $2 billion.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/14/healt...ict/index.html

Tap your meter.. I think itís busted.

AntlerCollector 06-17-2019 09:49 AM

I think asking the neighbor who was mowing it to borrow his tractor is the best route. Pay him the $40 he was getting for doing it, and do it yourself.

bloodstick 06-17-2019 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Razrbk89 (Post 14201432)
Woooooow. For bush hogging?

I just mowed a gentleman's place on Saturday between coldspring and clevland. It was overgrown 4 acre pasture. I drove 1hr 20 min to get there pulling the deere and 6 ft mower on the trailer. Charged 350 to mow it and he thought i was underpaid so he gave me 4 which i was very appreciative.
Mowing acreage can be a nice side gig if you already have the equipment.

El Viejo 06-17-2019 10:16 AM

I haven't read all the comments, but when I had about an acre to clean up at my dad's place, I bought a few goats. They kept it clean to the dirt. The good thing about goats is they will provide you with a cabrito or two every year, and they're pretty tasty on the grill. If you're energetic enough, you can also milk them. I did this and made some dang good goat cheese. The only warning I would give is that you need a very good fence. I have read that if your fence won't hold water then it won't hold goats!

bloodstick 06-17-2019 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Uncle Saggy (Post 14201634)
You get $600 for 10 acres?

depending on the condition of the acreage, i would be closer to 800 and can get it pretty regular. It takes several hours to mow 10 acres with anything less than a batwing. I wont pull the tractor out for any less than $350 considering how far the place is and how thick the grass/brush is. Thicker it is, the more time it takes and more of a beating the equipment takes.

Razrbk89 06-17-2019 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by bloodstick (Post 14201687)
I just mowed a gentleman's place on Saturday between coldspring and clevland. It was overgrown 4 acre pasture. I drove 1hr 20 min to get there pulling the deere and 6 ft mower on the trailer. Charged 350 to mow it and he thought i was underpaid so he gave me 4 which i was very appreciative.
Mowing acreage can be a nice side gig if you already have the equipment.

I think Iíd quit my day job pretty quick if someone was going to pay me $50 an acre plus a $200 show up fee, like mentioned above.

Ouch 06-17-2019 10:22 AM

If you tell us where the property is located, you might have better luck finding someone dependable.

bloodstick 06-17-2019 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Razrbk89 (Post 14201707)
I think I’d quit my day job pretty quick if someone was going to pay me $50 an acre plus a $200 show up fee, like mentioned above.

Considering it took me all day to get there (1.2 hrs), 3 hours to mow, additional 1.2 hrs home, 7 gallons of fuel in the tractor, and half tank of fuel in the truck, I really did not come out as far ahead as one would think. And this was a relatively open field. If i'm dodging trees, costs goes up. Its nice side cash and play money, but i would not do it for a living every day.

Some of these places are so thick, it bogs the tractor and PTO down too much and begins to overheat. 1st gear running high rpm's was the best bet. 2nd was pushing it.


For the OP, paying someone would probably be your best bet a couple times a year if you are wanting to keep your costs down. If you buy your own tractor, theres all kinds of costs associated with that and mower attachments are not cheap either. However, you could do someone elses mowing on the side to offset the costs like we do.

Razrbk89 06-17-2019 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by bloodstick (Post 14201719)
Considering it took me all day to get there (1.2 hrs), 3 hours to mow, additional 1.2 hrs home, 7 gallons of fuel in the tractor, and half tank of fuel in the truck, I really did not come out as far ahead as one would think. And this was a relatively open field. If i'm dodging trees, costs goes up. Its nice side cash and play money, but i would not do it for a living every day.

Some of these places are so thick, it bogs the tractor and PTO down too much and begins to overheat. 1st gear running high rpm's was the best bet. 2nd was pushing it.


For the OP, paying someone would probably be your best bet a couple times a year if you are wanting to keep your costs down. If you buy your own tractor, theres all kinds of costs associated with that and mower attachments are not cheap either. However, you could do someone elses mowing on the side to offset the costs like we do.

I can usually get 40-60 acres a day. All Iím seeing is dollar signs. Lots of money down there, though. People willing to pay those high prices.

Dusty Britches 06-17-2019 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Razrbk89 (Post 14201707)
I think Iíd quit my day job pretty quick if someone was going to pay me $50 an acre plus a $200 show up fee, like mentioned above.

It's not how much you get paid -- it's how often. How many people need to pay someone to mow their 10 acres?

bloodstick 06-17-2019 10:32 AM

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bloodstick 06-17-2019 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Dusty Britches (Post 14201726)
It's not how much you get paid -- it's how often. How many people need to pay someone to mow their 10 acres?

correct. We do 3-4 a year just to offset costs

SpyHunter 06-17-2019 10:43 AM

control burn

texansfan 06-17-2019 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Uncle Saggy (Post 14201295)
Iím with you on not using chemicals.

We have a similar property with around 10 non-wooded pasture type acres and have someone to cut hay. In return, he gets all the hay and keeps things cleaned up.

My immediate neigh has sixty acres of hay being cut under the same deal (no money but it must stay very clean looking) but the guy that cuts her hay doesn't want to fiddle with bringing a smaller machine over to do my portion.
I have a lot of trees on mine where hers is a nice clean pasture. Zero trees.

texansfan 06-17-2019 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by tps7742 (Post 14201334)
Where is this property located?

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Originally Posted by Ouch (Post 14201709)
If you tell us where the property is located, you might have better luck finding someone dependable.

I'm sqiggy's neighbor. Right on the sabine

Thanks guys but I'm gonna shell out for this tractor and start doing it myself
I hate being dependent upon other ppl for this very reason But tried to give it a go since he offered and I didn't want to offend my (rural) neighbors (who just happen to be distant family)

Ouch 06-17-2019 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by texansfan (Post 14201779)
I'm sqiggy's neighbor. Right on the sabine

Thanks guys but I'm gonna shell out for this tractor and start doing it myself
I hate being dependent upon other ppl for this very reason But tried to give it a go since he offered and I didn't want to offend my (rural) neighbors (who just happen to be distant family)

The Sabine River is a river, 510 miles long, in the Southern U.S. states of Texas and Louisiana. In its lower course, it forms part of the boundary between the two states and empties into Sabine Lake, an estuary of the Gulf of Mexico. Wikipedia

texansfan 06-17-2019 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by AntlerCollector (Post 14201645)
I think asking the neighbor who was mowing it to borrow his tractor is the best route. Pay him the $40 he was getting for doing it, and do it yourself.

Everytime he comes over he complains about my place beating his equipment up.
Bending a blade.
Running over a stump (I have lots of lil stumps)

So I wouldn't want to risk damaging his big dollar tractor in my hands

RattlesnakeDan 06-17-2019 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by texansfan (Post 14201797)
Everytime he comes over he complains about my place beating his equipment up.
Bending a blade.
Running over a stump (I have lots of lil stumps)

So I wouldn't want to risk damaging his big dollar tractor in my hands

Very few places are "clean" and if they are around here they tend to be so rough you gotta look back to see if you left your spleen laying somewhere.

Dirtymike 06-17-2019 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Razrbk89 (Post 14201707)
I think Iíd quit my day job pretty quick if someone was going to pay me $50 an acre plus a $200 show up fee, like mentioned above.

Let me guess you have not priced a tractor and implements, cost of maintenance and repair?

Razrbk89 06-17-2019 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Dirtymike (Post 14201941)
Let me guess you have not priced a tractor and implements, cost of maintenance and repair?

I havenít bought anything in 5 or 6 years, but Iím pretty in tune with that stuff. If I had relatively steady work at $50 an acre (with a mobilization fee), Iíd make a killing.

I mowed 60 at my house over the weekend. Thatíd be 3k. I need to do another 60-80, next weekend. Heck thatís 7k in two weekends. Sign me up.

People would laugh at you if you quoted them that, around here.

Uncle Saggy 06-17-2019 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Dirtymike (Post 14201941)
Let me guess you have not priced a tractor and implements, cost of maintenance and repair?



Exactly why I questioned $600 for 10 acres...... I too am familiar with tractors and related costs, and have a nice pile of implement parts I have torn up over the years.
Yes, where Iím at those kind of quotes would definitely get one laughed at.

Rubi513 06-17-2019 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Razrbk89 (Post 14201969)

People would laugh at you if you quoted them that, around here.

If I couldnít charge $350.00 for a job that took all day using my equipment in your area, I would move.

MattPopp 06-17-2019 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by bloodstick (Post 14201703)
It takes several hours to mow 10 acres with anything less than a batwing.

Are you cutting with a 4ft Shredder? Several hours to knock out 10 acres? 10 acres should not even take 1hr. My Zero Turn is rated for almost 4 acre per hour, which is close because I mow a little over 3 acres in under an hour.

Ingle67 06-17-2019 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by TP3 (Post 14200825)
Get you a goat.

This

bloodstick 06-17-2019 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by MattPopp (Post 14202184)
Are you cutting with a 4ft Shredder? Several hours to knock out 10 acres?

I had mentioned that I was running a 6 ft mower and also that the pasture was so overgrown, it was overheating my equipment. SO i had to go very slow in low gear running higher rpm's and make a second pass. When standing out in the pasture, it was nearly to my hip and extremely thick.

texansfan 06-17-2019 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Ouch (Post 14201788)
The Sabine River is a river, 510 miles long, in the Southern U.S. states of Texas and Louisiana. In its lower course, it forms part of the boundary between the two states and empties into Sabine Lake, an estuary of the Gulf of Mexico. Wikipedia

LoL that's why I gave a more precise location and said I'm sqiggy neighbor.
We are in Panola county on the Sabine.
That narrows it down a bunch.

texansfan 06-17-2019 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by bloodstick (Post 14202194)
I had mentioned that I was running a 6 ft mower and also that the pasture was so overgrown, it was overheating my equipment. SO i had to go very slow in low gear running higher rpm's and make a second pass. When standing out in the pasture, it was nearly to my hip and extremely thick.

Mine is now up to my throat
Roughly 5and a half feet high in a bunch of parts
Other areas are all at least stomach deep

Rubi513 06-17-2019 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by MattPopp (Post 14202184)
Are you cutting with a 4ft Shredder? Several hours to knock out 10 acres? 10 acres should not even take 1hr. My Zero Turn is rated for almost 4 acre per hour, which is close because I mow a little over 3 acres in under an hour.

I will by you a steak dinner if you come over to my place and mow 10 acres in an hour with a 6' shredder.
I have 13 acres of pasture on my place. It takes me around 5 hours to mow it with a 6' shredder and a 68 h.p. tractor.

Ouch 06-17-2019 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by texansfan (Post 14202195)
LoL that's why I gave a more precise location and said I'm sqiggy neighbor.
We are in Panola county on the Sabine.
That narrows it down a bunch.

I didn't get the email blast about where sqiggy stays at.

I have some peeps with equipment in that part of the world if you want to inquire about someone else doing the mowing for you.

Ouch 06-17-2019 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Rubi513 (Post 14202205)
I will by you a steak dinner if you come over to my place and mow 10 acres in an hour with a 6' shredder.
I have 13 acres of pasture on my place. It takes me around 5 hours to mow it with a 6' shredder and a 68 h.p. tractor.

;)b

And I'll buy the diesel and all the beer he can drink while he's doing it.

bloodstick 06-17-2019 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by texansfan (Post 14202197)
Mine is now up to my throat
Roughly 5and a half feet high in a bunch of parts
Other areas are all at least stomach deep

I run an old Deere 4052 and did not like how the mower was binding. Mind you, it was so thick, i could not see down into it from above. Not knowing how thick yours is, just the height, I would personally spray it and let it die and get crumbly. Then if you want to get a tractor and mower, it would be much easier to shred. I have had long, tall grass and weeds wrap around the hub before and you can cause serious damage to the mower or PTO.

Just my .02

bloodstick 06-17-2019 02:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Rubi513 (Post 14202205)
I will by you a steak dinner if you come over to my place and mow 10 acres in an hour with a 6' shredder.
I have 13 acres of pasture on my place. It takes me around 5 hours to mow it with a 6' shredder and a 68 h.p. tractor.

Your tractor cruises to get 13 acres in 5 hrs. The extra HP helps.

Our ole buggy is old and tired and a bit under powered for the 6 ft.

texansfan 06-17-2019 03:11 PM

After the 3rd person said it here i might have to look further into costs for a fence.
Goats are what hundred bucks a pop?

Rubi513 06-17-2019 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by bloodstick (Post 14202234)
Your tractor cruises to get 13 acres in 5 hrs. The extra HP helps.

Our ole buggy is old and tired and a bit under powered for the 6 ft.

That's high range and 2nd gear. Not sure what the m.p.h. is at, but the pasture is fairly smooth and I mow it in the winter when the bermuda is not growing. Mainly hitting small areas of weeds. It's not much strain on the tractor at all.
My point was, you aint mowing 10 acres in an hour with a 6' shredder.:D

bloodstick 06-17-2019 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Rubi513 (Post 14202278)
That's high range and 2nd gear. Not sure what the m.p.h. is at, but the pasture is fairly smooth and I mow it in the winter when the bermuda is not growing. Mainly hitting small areas of weeds. It's not much strain on the tractor at all.
My point was, you aint mowing 10 acres in an hour with a 6' shredder.:D

Agreed

Normal mowing like you i keep in 3rd on low gear and just cruise.

TP3 06-17-2019 03:26 PM

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Originally Posted by texansfan (Post 14202257)
After the 3rd person said it here i might have to look further into costs for a fence.
Goats are what hundred bucks a pop?

I can get you a goat by 3PM.

bloodstick 06-17-2019 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by texansfan (Post 14202257)
After the 3rd person said it here i might have to look further into costs for a fence.
Goats are what hundred bucks a pop?

You can pick them up for pretty cheap sometimes at the auction.

Ouch 06-17-2019 03:38 PM

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Originally Posted by TP3 (Post 14202290)
I can get you a goat by 3PM.

This is intriguing. You have a DeLorean?

Dusty Britches 06-17-2019 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by texansfan (Post 14202257)
After the 3rd person said it here i might have to look further into costs for a fence.
Goats are what hundred bucks a pop?

Less than that. I've seen some for $35-40.


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