In my work I do as little brush hogging as possible because transporting equipment for small jobs that are low pay isn't cost effective for me. I would much prefer to landscape and acre with my equipment on a bid than brushhog 20 avres. Mowing whether it be with a push mower or a tractor is a hard way to make a profit.
When I worked out my costs I used the tractor and shredder that I already have for my model. They are a NH TN70D and Rhino SE7 shredder. I also ran the analysis using a new 12' Rhino batwing.
It appears that for me the breaking point where the batwing wins is anything over 25 acres. I chose the 12' because I am afraid I would not be able to get all the performance available out of a 15'. The 12' is made for tractors in my hp range (57 pto).
My hourly charge for the tractor, the 7' shredder and myself is $68/hr. With the batwing it rises to $82/hr. It works out to about $30/acre. I also get 1 hour each way to cover transport costs (more if the job is more than 25 miles from home) I will have to have a bunch of those 25 acre and larger mowing jobs before I spring $9,000 for the batwing.
I usually mow around the house with zero turn then the rest I use Attachment 299160the 8ft
I often do quick pro bono work for neighbors. If its something that's going to take more than 45 minutes to an hiur i charge at least $50 an hour depending on how Much i like them and the type of work.
Often they are very grateful for the pro bono work and i get $50 fuel cards or gift certificates from them.
the competive situaiton is same as chinese, but the price ,i think is better than chinese.
What are you guys doing for business license, tax, and insurance? How does that affect your costs?
It certainly drives operating costs up. Makes it hard to compete with the beer money guys.
Funny, as I have been contemplating this thread, I went back and re-ran my analysis as though I was working for beer money. I took out all expenses except fuel and labor. If I charged based on that I could mow for $16/acre... for awhile:eek: