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 04-26-2005, 17:29 Post: 110376
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Has anyone done field mowing for hire ? Not as a real business,just as a suppliment to your real income.I'm just wondering if it would be a way to help work off the cost of the equipment.






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 04-26-2005, 18:03 Post: 110377
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Yes, and there is always someone that will do it cheaper.
You should keep in mind when you hirer out that you are wearing your tractor out, So just doing it too supplement your payments is not replacing the cost. Remember joe down the road just paid $3500. for his old tractor & bush hog and you paid 12 to 15K for your's.

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 04-27-2005, 05:01 Post: 110398
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Yes, I cut fields to help make the payment on my tractor and equipment. I cut two lots that are approx. 2 acres each. They pay $140 each, and I cut them once a month. This almost makes my payment, and when I pick up another lot as a favor to some friends, I use that money to pay for the oil, filter, diesel, etc. I do not think that I would recomend doing it full time, but to only put 4 hours a month on the tractor and brush hog, and it almost makes the payment, I would say that it is worth it. I do have some people call me that want me to cut there lots, and the grass is over my head, and I pass up those. The lots that I cut are about knee hi and do not put much strain on the engine.






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 04-27-2005, 07:46 Post: 110404
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Cutting in unknown area's can take a toll on your rig, might want to walk around some to see if you can find any hidden objects or ditches before your tractor does. some times on larger area's that seem silly but it could keep your life and machine safe.






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 04-27-2005, 09:36 Post: 110410
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I dont need to cover a payment,but now that I'm retired,I can just about do what I want when I want and the machine does sit idle a lot.I more had in mind something to do,and pick up some mad money too.I know what you mean about hidden hazards. I did a nieghbors lot last year and it had some high berms that the grandkids created running thier dirt bikes.Under 2' of grass I had to find them the scary way!At 140 a lot what does that work out to per hr ? Hourly is about the only way I can see to price it.






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 04-27-2005, 09:50 Post: 110412
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kskwash,
You get $70/acre?!?! Wow! Around here it's only about $10/acre.






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 04-28-2005, 19:52 Post: 110485
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Yes that is correct. I live down in south Texas ( south of Houston) and there is a lot of land down here. Most of the people buy the lots to get away from the city, but they do not have the equipment needed to take care of it. On the average, I get $70 for the first acre and $40 to $50 for each addition acre. The two lots that I cut on a regular basis, are actually owned by the apartment complexes next to them. They buy the extra land with intentions of expanding at a later date, but in the mean time they need it cut. It is very true about the hazards that you can not see. I would recomend walking the lot before you cut. I would have hit something everytime, if I did not check first.






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 04-29-2005, 06:22 Post: 110494
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Prices seem to vary greatly on mowing in different areas of the country. We perform these services for friends and people we personally know to pick up some extra cash. If you can not make a reasonable profit on your work it's not worth the risk you are taking. We have found that most land owners have no idea of what is on there property. Kskwash made an excellent point on personally walking the work area before you start. If the grass and weed growth is high and thick you cannot see what is below it without walking the area before starting. Pricing depends on how long it will take you and your equipment to do the job. And yes there is always some one willing to do it cheaper. Do yourself a favor when this happens and just walk away from it. Good Luck!






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 04-29-2005, 08:09 Post: 110496
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If all you are looking to get is some pocket money and seat time there are better ways to do it.

A retired fella near me hires himself and his CUT out to the local township a couple of days a week. He does various things, cutting road-sides, grooming ball diamonds, bush-hogging the 'naturalized' portions of parks, etc.

Since he is not competing with farmers willing to work for very little money, he is instead replacing a unionized worker using very expensive equipment, he can charge a fair price for his and his machine's time.

It is a good relationship for all involved, the municipality gets a good employee and doesn't have to pay benefits, find something for him to do in the off-season, or worry about, and the retiree gets a good part-time income and some seat time.

Ask around, try the local governement and bigger companies, landscaping and contrating, they might want someone to help with the workload in the summer.

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 04-29-2005, 08:48 Post: 110499
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I thought about that,but if you are working for a person or place that cant just pay cash,how does this affect insurance ?






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