Topping costs

Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by Pasty, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. Pasty

    Pasty Member

    Location:
    Devon
    About 20 acres, bit steep but all dry. How much would you charge a neighbour p/a to top it if he didn't have the kit and you did?
     
  2. Wellytrack

    Wellytrack Member


    How much is on it?

    Nearly fairer for everyone to change by the hour.
     
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  3. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    Yep by the hour. £45 if a decent sized topper and tractor
     
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  4. Pasty

    Pasty Member

    Location:
    Devon
  5. Wellytrack

    Wellytrack Member



    165 and 5 foot topper?
     
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  6. robandles

    robandles Member

    Location:
    ayrshire
    I charge neighbours £27 per hour and I'm not driving to break things.
     
  7. Clive Tee

    Clive Tee Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    £30/35 an hour here. More for big kit.
     
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  8. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    More 135 really!;)
     
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  9. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    What size tractor and topper?
    Inc fuel?
     
  10. Pasty

    Pasty Member

    Location:
    Devon
    So how long to do 20ac of fairly steep but fairly stable ground. Decent amount of grass but not too much weed. South Devon stylee?
     
  11. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    Depends on tractor and topper size
     
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  12. bobk

    bobk Member

    Location:
    stafford
    £10 an acre , hate topping.
     
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  13. Wellytrack

    Wellytrack Member

    If it's steep and awkward and assuming 80hp tractor and 6 foot topper it could take 7-8 hours, you won't really know how long til it's done..
     
  14. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    Plus it might be 10x 2 acre fields with overgrown hedges!
     
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  15. Pasty

    Pasty Member

    Location:
    Devon
    3 fields. 8,3 and 9 acres. Good access. No major issues. Not going to cause a fuss, just want it topped. Guess I'm looking circa £250?
     
  16. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    £200 Inc fuel unless you find a keen lad with daddy's tractor then £100!
     
  17. Pasty

    Pasty Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Tractor is borrowed but don't want to take the P.
     
  18. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    So it's you doing it for your neighbour?
    And your borowing a tractor to do it?

    Ìm not keen on borrowing machinery to go contracting with. To do a bit of your own is a different thing.
     
  19. Pasty

    Pasty Member

    Location:
    Devon
    No. not either of those. I'm not going to be doing it, if it's done at all.
     
  20. Goweresque

    Goweresque Member

    Location:
    North Wilts
    Who pays for a new PTO shaft/gearbox when the topper hits something the landowner either didn't know about or 'forgot'?

    I've come to the conclusion its not worth doing favours, it inevitably comes back and bites you in the proverbial. If you own land either buy your own kit to maintain it or pay the going rate from a bona fide contractor. Don't expect someone else to shoulder the risk their machinery goes bang while working on your land, but only pay them a pittance. Its effectively begging.
     

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