Let’s talk about field mowing companies and field mowing services!
What is field mowing?
For the purposes of this article, we will define field mowing as any area larger than an acre.
The type of mowing done on that acreage will differ according to the use planned. If the field is being mowed for feed, as in a hay field, it will be cut to a certain length, requiring a certain level of expertise. If it is simply being cut back for appearances sake, that will require another skill set.
What can you expect to pay for field mowing?
We now enter into the hazy part of this discussion. Rates for field mowing will differ depending upon the area you are in, and the state of the economy. Supply and Demand will set the rates, as they always do, but that rate may differ in Iowa as opposed to Salt Lake City.
Having said that, you can usually plan on field mowing prices in the neighborhood of $75-$100 per hour, or per acre. Commercial mowing services with large commercial mowing equipment can do upwards of fifteen acres in an hour, so make sure you are very clear on the rate charged and how that rate is determined. It is best to get a job quote before ever agreeing to hire a company. Get that quote in writing, and make sure you read the fine print. We are not suggesting that there are untrustworthy companies out there; it is just always best to have any contract agreement in writing.
Should you tackle field mowing yourself?
At the risk of sounding self-serving, our unequivocable answer is NO! Field mowing requires a large, tractor mower to be done correctly, and large tractor mowers require training and expertise. There are too many ways to injure yourself when operating heavy equipment, and saving a few dollars is simply not a good reason to risk an injury, one which could be crippling or deadly. And, if you are tempted to believe that last statement is hyperbole, check the statistics on accidents and deaths which happen yearly due to the improper use of heavy machinery. Trust us when we say it is not hyperbole at all.
How do you find a trustworthy lot mowing company? Ask around! Ask local farmers. Ask for references from the various companies and then follow up on those references. It will not take long for the cream to rise to the top during your inquiries. Word-of-mouth is a powerful advertising tool, but it is also very harmful for companies which do not do an outstanding job.
We know, the temptation is strong to rent a tractor mower and attempt to do it yourself, but in our professional opinion, it simply is not worth the risk.
A final word about Keith’s Tractor Mowing
For all jobs over an acre, within seventy-five miles of Fort Worth, Keith’s Tractor Mowing is a trusted name in Tarrant County. Call us anytime the lot mowing job is too big, and you need the job done right. Our reputation can stand up to scrutiny.