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Old 07-15-2021, 12:35 PM   #1
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whats the going rate for mowing a pasture these days?
i've been asked to mow the 35 acre pasture across the street from our place and i'm not sure what number i should give them. this is navarro county, the pasture is mostly clean and id be running a 15' batwing.
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Old 07-15-2021, 12:54 PM   #2
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I was quoted 35 to 40 a acre in bell county
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Old 07-15-2021, 12:59 PM   #3
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not sure about today's rates, but it equated to $1 per minute in the past around north TX
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Old 07-15-2021, 01:05 PM   #4
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How fast can you mow 35 acres? I would want it to work out to 125-150/hr since it is that close

You should be able to mow about 5 ac/hour at 3 mph. Still very easy to do more damage to your equipment than you will get paid. Ruin a tire or damage your shredder and you have lost money.

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Old 07-15-2021, 01:07 PM   #5
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I was quoted 35 to 40 a acre in bell county
same here.
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Old 07-15-2021, 01:08 PM   #6
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Minimum $125 an hr
Your time
Your fuel
Your wear and tear on equipment

Whatís your worth? Only you can answer that

You have bills to pay as well


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Old 07-15-2021, 01:10 PM   #7
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Old 07-15-2021, 01:25 PM   #8
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Seadrift area $75-100 an hour is what I was quoted with a 15’ bat wing
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Old 07-15-2021, 01:49 PM   #9
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Since it is the first time to mow not knowing where all the holes, junk and trash is I wouldn't do it for less than $1400. 35 acres X $37.50 = $1,312.50. Plus diesel is not cheap anymore.
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Old 07-15-2021, 01:51 PM   #10
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Quote what you are comfortable with. If it's too much for them, they can find someone else.
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Old 07-15-2021, 02:38 PM   #11
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35-40 an hour is current market rate for tractor work.
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Old 07-15-2021, 02:39 PM   #12
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Seadrift area $75-100 an hour is what I was quoted with a 15í bat wing
Basically 35 an hour per shredder. Sounds right.
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Old 07-15-2021, 02:46 PM   #13
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I personally would not quote him a fixed price. I'd quote him a cost/hour and tell him you'll mow it well and as fast as you safely can to protect his property and your equipment... Also might tell him he's responsible for any repairs to your equipment caused by debris unseen in the pasture (cut tire, broken/sheared blade or pins, etc)...


Now if the guy is a friend/neighbor, might be different, but just hiring me n my equipment out, I'd make sure I was covered... Start with you tractor full of diesel and end with it full of diesel and charge him a fuel charge would be acceptable (especially if you give him a low rate)
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Old 07-15-2021, 02:50 PM   #14
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35-40 an hour is current market rate for tractor work.
This is way to cheap!!!!!!!! When you run a 15 foot mower you are going to burn some diesel. I wouldn't do for less than 35 an acre. I would quote $40 and go from there.

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Old 07-15-2021, 03:01 PM   #15
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This is way to cheap!!!!!!!! When you run a 15 foot mower you are going to burn some diesel. I wouldn't do for less than 35 an acre. I would quote $40 and go from there.

Good luck
You are talking about 3x mower. So about 100 an hour.
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Old 07-15-2021, 03:03 PM   #16
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The way I figure basic cost for my personal use:

Tractor(6000hr rating) depreciation/hr $20
Shredder dep(4000hr rating) $5/hr
Service(oil, hydraulic fluid & filters) $600 every 200hrs: $3/hr
Tires set of 4 approx every 700 hours $3-4000: $5/hr
Fuel use 5 gallons/hour(shredder or harrow): $15
Repairs..????? $-$$$$

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Old 07-15-2021, 03:26 PM   #17
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I charge $100.00 an acre because I don't want to do it.
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Old 07-15-2021, 03:57 PM   #18
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Just be careful of what’s all out there…. I’m sure you’ll be told there’s nothing but grass.
Don’t find out the hard way that there’s old gates laid over, chains, scrap, t post, rolls of old wire, etc..
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Old 07-15-2021, 04:10 PM   #19
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Yea, and if there's deer in the area, sheds have ruined a lot of tractor tires over the years...
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Old 07-15-2021, 04:25 PM   #20
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I personally would not quote him a fixed price. I'd quote him a cost/hour and tell him you'll mow it well and as fast as you safely can to protect his property and your equipment... Also might tell him he's responsible for any repairs to your equipment caused by debris unseen in the pasture (cut tire, broken/sheared blade or pins, etc)...


Now if the guy is a friend/neighbor, might be different, but just hiring me n my equipment out, I'd make sure I was covered... Start with you tractor full of diesel and end with it full of diesel and charge him a fuel charge would be acceptable (especially if you give him a low rate)
This pretty much covers everything you need to consider when/if you bid it. Good advice from a been there done that it sounds like.
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Old 07-15-2021, 04:49 PM   #21
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Thanks guys, I think I have a feel for things
The pasture is clean, the guy that has been mowing doesnít want to do it anymore and this is a pasture that belongs to family so Iíll consider that as well. Iím thinking $35 acre is a pretty fair number
I make a little money and itís probably about as good of an offer as they will get.


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Old 07-15-2021, 06:40 PM   #22
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I charge $100.00 an acre because I don't want to do it.

Exactly, everybody cutting the market down. Work all day and have a breakdown and lose money. Mowing yards is about $60 an acre but the equipment cost is 1/10th of a batwing. It doesnít make sense to me.


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Old 07-15-2021, 07:17 PM   #23
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Just today we paid a guy $60/ hour to knock down an overgrown pasture. We decided our budget was $600 so we just said do as much as you can in 10 hours. He was pretty close so travel charge was negligible
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Old 07-15-2021, 08:03 PM   #24
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Saltwater has good advice.

I was quoted 265 flat for 2 acres then 75 an hour for the same property. But this was something a 50" ztr could knock out

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Old 07-15-2021, 08:27 PM   #25
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I was approached by neighbor to mow about 3ac of their place

Told them $300 first time and we would negotiate the 2nd time if there was one.

They acted shocked at the price. I told them I knew for a fact that there was all kinds of crap to tear my stuff up and that I would not do it period if they were not neighbors (at the time I wanted to buy their place if they sold so I was trying to keep on their good side) and that I could do $300 worth of damage in 50' easily if I was not careful and went super slow
After I mowed the first time they agreed $300 was fair. I didn't tear anything up but I found some stuff the hard way.
I now get $150 twice a year to mow it and I have moved or marked 99% of the hazards.

If I had a flex wing I would start at $80/hr and go from there based on what I knew about the property.
Tractor to run one is minimum $50K and the mowers are at least $12-15K
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Old 07-15-2021, 10:03 PM   #26
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Man, it sounds like I could get rich bush hogging down there…
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Old 07-16-2021, 05:16 AM   #27
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not sure about today's rates, but it equated to $1 per minute in the past around north TX
This, is your minimum
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Old 07-16-2021, 05:34 AM   #28
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I get $150 for first acre and then $50/acre after that. That is with a compact tractor with 5'shredder. I get calls for large jobs and tell them they can get it done cheaper by someone with a large setup, usually $40/acre for the big units around here.
I run over stuff everyday because of doing residential overgrown lots and subdivisions where people chuck everything from boards, concrete, branches, extension cords, you name it, you have to watch the ground every second around fences and edges. Did a small lot in town for a friend the other day for $50 to help him out, cost me $250 and half days labor. T post got wrapped around my blades and broke my pan, I didn't tell him about it, just suck it up and move on.
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Old 07-16-2021, 06:54 AM   #29
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If ya ain't gota haul/load/unload ,price can be a little cheaper
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Old 07-16-2021, 08:10 AM   #30
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You are talking about 3x mower. So about 100 an hour.
he said he was running a 15 footer
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Old 07-16-2021, 01:21 PM   #31
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I get my back 3 acres mowed in Navarro county for $120. He lives a 1/2 mile down the road from me and does it when he does his. So he has no load up or travel time.
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Old 07-16-2021, 01:31 PM   #32
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Here's the 2020 Texas Agriculture Custom Rates report. It is divided into regions.

https://agecoext.tamu.edu/wp-content...Survey2020.pdf

Look at page 26
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Old 07-16-2021, 02:12 PM   #33
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Scroll down to page #24 to get the state average price (for 2020) on pasture shredding
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Old 07-16-2021, 02:57 PM   #34
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35-40 an hour is current market rate for tractor work.
Who ever is working that cheap ain`t eating very good and when their equipment breaks or wears out they won`t have money to fix or replace it.
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Old 07-16-2021, 03:33 PM   #35
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Who ever is working that cheap ain`t eating very good and when their equipment breaks or wears out they won`t have money to fix or replace it.

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Old 07-16-2021, 05:23 PM   #36
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They aren't even breaking even with those rates.
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Old 07-16-2021, 05:33 PM   #37
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I charge $50 per acre if I don’t know you and I’ve got to trailer my tractor less that 25 miles.
$25 per acre + six pack of Shiner if you’re my neighbor and I like you.
For TBHers...pay for my diesel and a case of Shiner and cover damages but I ain’t haulin too far.
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Old 07-17-2021, 11:03 AM   #38
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We paid $50 an hour to mow several areas on our lease. Not sure how many acres but it worked out great for us.
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Old 07-17-2021, 11:10 AM   #39
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Who ever is working that cheap ain`t eating very good and when their equipment breaks or wears out they won`t have money to fix or replace it.
That ainít no ****!
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