commercial mowing services

commercial mowing services

Cost Analysis of Commercial Mowing Services

If you are straddling the fence about hiring commercial mowing services for that big mowing job of yours, we suggest you read this article first.

We are Keith’s Tractor Mowing, serving the Greater Fort Worth area with outstanding and affordable acreage mowing. Call us when the job is too large for you to handle, and you want it done right.

The cost of commercial mowing services.

This is a tough inquiry to answer.  Some commercial mowers charge by the hour; some give a job quote.  In addition, what is meant by “mowing?” Are we talking about just cutting grass, or is edging involved? Will there be other lawn care jobs included?

The best way for us to answer this question of cost is to say, on average, across the United States, commercial mowing companies will charge between $75-$100 per hour for a mowing job.  There may be surcharges tacked on for a variety of reasons, but for simply mowing an expanse of lawn, or pasture, that’s what you will be facing.

What will it cost for your acreage? It depends on the size of acreage and if there are any special impediments . . . and . . . what type of tractor mower will be used. The best tractor mower, like we have at Keith’s Tractor Mower, no impediments, count on about ten acres per hour . . . on average.

The cost of doing it yourself.

If you have acreage you are looking at using a tractor mower.  You can buy one, a quality one, for between $50,000 and $100,000, or you can rent on for close to $75 per hour.

But there’s more. What is the replacement value of your time? Can your time be better spent doing something other than mowing acreage?  And then you also have to consider the dangers involved with operating large machinery, and is it worth the risk of grave injury/

Weigh the pros and cons and decide.

We simply cannot answer this question for you.  If you are a farmer or rancher, and you already have a tractor, it may be cost-effective for you to purchase a mowing attachment and do the work yourself.  However, other end of that spectrum, most ranch and farm pasture only needs to be mowed, at most, a couple time per month.  You really need to weigh the pros and cons and decide which is better for your particular situation.  We have given you an honest appraisal as we know it.  To our way of thinking, if you are not trained to operate heavy machinery, like a tractor mower or a brush hog, you really are better off hiring that job out to the pros.

A final word about Keith’s Tractor Mowing.

At the risk of sounding self-serving and full of ourselves, Keith’s Tractor Mowing is as good as it gets in the Greater Fort Worth area when it comes to acreage mowing, pipeline mowing, ranch mowing, cemetery mowing, HOA regulations, or citation mowing.  Call us today for a free job quote.

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Highway Mowing Contracts Require the Best Tractor Mowing Companies

Not every commercial mowing company can acquire a highway mowing contract.

Only the best need apply!

Highway mowing contracts are issued by the state, and acquiring a state government mowing contract requires experience, not only in acreage mowing, but specifically in highway mowing.  Learning how to formulate a bid, learning how to usher that bid through the bidding process, and learning how to do that all properly requires an attention to detail many commercial mowing companies do not possess.  A highway mowing contract can be won, or lost, depending on that attention to detail.

Highway mowing contracts require bonding.  Mowing at the proper height along a highway is crucial.  Mowing in a safe manner so that debris is not tossed onto the roadway is a matter of safety, and that degree of safety is literally a matter of life and death on the highways.  One highway accident or, God forbid, a highway fatality, is one too many for any state issuing a highway mowing contract, so only the best commercial mowing companies are even considered for those jobs.

And the best commercial mowing companies use the best equipment.  Whether the mowing consists of grass or the mowing needs the use of bush hog mowing for heavy jobs, it is vitally important that the mowing company has the proper equipment to do the job properly and in a timely manner.

And speaking of time, highway mowing contracts require that the job be done within a specified period of time, and not all commercial mowers have the ability to tackle miles of roadway mowing within a specified time period.

Contrary to what many people believe, the state does not issue these contracts to the lowest bidder.  Those jobs are much too important to be determined solely on price points.  This is truly a situation where quality wins out over price.

And so it all boils down to trust.  Can the state trust the commercial mower to do the job required and do it in a timely manner?  When looked at it that way, it is easy to understand that most states only contract out to a small handful of commercial mowing services.  It is just too important a job to trust to an unproven company.

To those commercial tractor mowing services just starting out in this business, we offer this word of advice from a company which has been there and done that:  learn the trade well, and build up trust.  Word-of-mouth advertising is crucial in this business.  The cream will rise to the top eventually, and people will take notice . . . even state officials who issue highway mowing contracts.


Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Service is owned and operated by Keith Sturgeon, a life-long resident of Dallas Fort Worth. He has been a successful business person in Fort Worth for more than 20 years. Customers enjoy working with Keith because of his friendly customer service and his outstanding quality of work. Specializing in large acreage mowing, government contracts, vacant lot mowing and channel mowing in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.