Rent Or Own A Brush Mower: Which Is Best?

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Purchasing a brush mower is a huge financial decision.  Our hope is that this article will help you in making that decision, information provided by Keith’s Tractor Mowing, serving the Greater Fort Worth area with professional acreage mowing. When the job is too large for you to handle, and you want a professional job done, call Keith’s Tractor Mowing.

What is a brush mower?

A brush mower is, literally, exactly what the term implies.  It is a mower, or a mowing attachment, blades made of the toughest steel, which is capable of “mowing” brush like blackberries and vines.  Some brush mowers, also called a brush hog, are capable of knocking down small saplings, so powerful are their blades.

What is the cost of a brush mower?

The lowest cost on a walk-behind bush hog is about $2000.  The more expensive ones, the ones which attach to a tractor mower, can cos upwards of ten-grand or more.  If you are looking at an acre or less, and the brush only has to be knocked down once per year, a walk-behind will probably do the job.  Any property larger than that, and the time analysis vs cost analysis will play in favor of hiring to have someone do it for you.

So, let’s talk about cost analysis.

Doing a cost analysis of owning vs hiring out.

Rather than getting all accountant on you, let’s keep this in simple terms.

Purchasing a tow-behind tractor attachment first of all requires tractor mower to pull it, which means you need to spend at least $10,000 if you don’t have one.  Then you need to spend at least that much, again, on the bush hog.

Let’s say you have the tractor mower.  Let’s just work with the $10,000 for the brush hog, and let’s say your property requires you to mow the brush back twice each year.   That means, in the first year, you are spending $5000 for each mowing.  After two years, you are spending $2500 per mowing. Even after five years, each mowing will have cost you $1000.

On the flip side of this discussion, you could hire a professional mowing service like Keith’s Tractor Mowing.  Let’s say the mowing service costs $100 per hour, and your job takes two hours.  At that rate, you can afford to hire that mowing service fifty times to make up for the money you would have spent on the brush mower . . . fifty times, or twenty-five years.

We have nothing against people purchasing a brush mower, but they really must decide whether they really need that brush hog, or if it is simply a big toy which takes up space most of the time.

A final word about Keith’s Tractor Mowing.

Keith’s Tractor Mowing is locally owned and operated.  We take on the big jobs you don’t have time to take on.  Ranch mowing, pipeline mowing, church mowing, commercial mowing, you name it, we will do it, as long as it is over one acre in size, and as long as it is within seventy-five miles of Fort Worth. Call us today for a job quote.