Topping costs

Pasty

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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?
 

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?
 

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..
 

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?
 

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.
 

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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