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Old 05/18/09, 01:59 PM
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How long does it take to mow 12 acres?

I need to hire someone to mow my pasture (get rid of all the ryegrass which is going to die soon). I found a guy who charges $30/hr. Does anyone have any idea how long it'll take?

It's mostly flat and rectangular, but with a wonky fenceline going through it, which will take a little extra time to get around.

Any idea?

Oh, and I imagine that he has a mower that is a minimum of 72".

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Old 05/18/09, 02:20 PM
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If the ground is very smooth with no rough uneven areas that force the tractor to slow down, I'd say it could be done in a day or less. I've got a five acre field that takes about four hours with a 7' sickle bar. The sickle bar will cut a lot faster than I can run the tractor. The ground is too rough to go faster.

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Old 05/18/09, 02:53 PM
 
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It depends on how many critters you have mowing it...

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Old 05/18/09, 03:00 PM
 
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4 to 8 hours, depending on tractor size.

Here's a calculator.

http://www.tractordata.com/articles/...tor-mower.html

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It takes me about an hour per acre to mow our hay, and just a small amount longer to run the bushhog around the the pastures when needed to clip the lil trees and briars that spout up every two or three years or so.

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With a bushhog I can mow about 2 acres an hour and believe me $30 is pretty cheap for an hour. It will take about $6.00 in fuel,,, I charge $40 an hour for a 30 HP tractor and people tell me that is too cheap......

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Old 05/18/09, 10:22 PM
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Go to:
http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_...tics/index.asp
Lots of info, but old, will give you some ideas
I charge $50/acre for brush hogging.

Lots of info:
http://www.nass.usda.gov/index.asp

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Old 05/19/09, 05:07 AM
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With a NH 492 haybine and a 70 horse tractor I can do 12 acres probably in 4 hours. Average flat land.

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I'd make hay out of it, but might not fit your situation.

$30 an hour seems cheap.

I'd think 3 acres an hour, probably better. Depends if he is a pro & has things sized right, or is just learning what he is doing & drives slow with a too-small tractor, etc.

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Old 05/19/09, 09:25 AM
 
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I know you are looking for a serious answer, but if my husband is doing it a LONG time! I think he drags it out because it is his "quiet" time with three girls in the house.

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Do you want to keep the grass that comes off of it? Otherwise maybe you could find someone that wants to keep the hay and would do it for free.

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Do you want to keep the grass that comes off of it? Otherwise maybe you could find someone that wants to keep the hay and would do it for free.
I agree with this. There's several farmers around me that have offered to cut and bale my fields for what amounts to a free lease.

Also, to give you an idea about how long it should take, look at this page. A 48" WALK BEHIND mower by Skag can do almost 2 acres per hour.

A hay mower can do SIGNIFICANTLY more than that. My guess would be, with a skilled operator, you could get 6-7 acres per hour assuming basically flat ground and no really small areas to get into.
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Remember this, if you give the grass away you are contributing $36 per 4 x 5 round bale of nutrient away. The $36 is what I recently read was the amount of fertilizer in a bale. I no longer give surplus grass away and I have reduced the fertilizer expense tremendously based on the last soil sampling. Depending on the size of the tractor and the mower I can cut between 2 to 4 acres per hour. Each tractor will use approximately one gallon of diesel per acre.

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We could do it with our disc mower in a couple hours and have time for a beer after if its smooth ground, with our fish mower its a all day job depends on what he is using.

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Old 05/19/09, 03:41 PM
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I can do my 12-13 acres of semi-smooth hayground with a 9' disc mower in about 3 hours.

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Old 05/20/09, 10:10 AM
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I'd make hay out of it, but might not fit your situation.

$30 an hour seems cheap.

I'd think 3 acres an hour, probably better. Depends if he is a pro & has things sized right, or is just learning what he is doing & drives slow with a too-small tractor, etc.

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He's a firefighter so he does this stuff as a sideline on his days off.

I can't make hay out of it, it's ryegrass that has gone to seed and is going to die pretty soon (weather's gonna get too hot for it)... I asked about that on here recently and the consensus was that the grass is worthless for hay at this point.

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Old 05/21/09, 08:09 AM
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I can do my 12-13 acres of semi-smooth hayground with a 9' disc mower in about 3 hours.
Wow-that's fast!

We have 20 ac & about 11 is open but in 'patches'. Some places there's a lot of trees to go around, even tho it's mostly open. (Whinnyninny, yours looks sooo pretty )
We had a guy mow for us & charge $70 b/4 gas went so high, then once when it was maybe $2 gal & he did it for $100. Now we have an 8N w/bush hog.
Mother's Day, my request was to get to mow as much as I wanted (I LOVE mowing) and I did about 6 ac in 4 1/2 hrs. Kinda slow I guess.

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