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How many of us pay to plow the garden?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Spookwriter, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Crowing

    Feb 23, 2010
    Looking towards spring, and the garden.

    I bet a good number of us have a garden. My question is, if you have
    it plowed by someone, what is a fair price?

    I've always rented/ borrowed a tiller for my Kubota. Just takes a minute,
    my garden is done. Thinking about buying a new one for myself this year.
    But to justify the expense, I would actually have to plow more than my own

    So back to the question. What do you think is a fair price to plow someones
    garden? Size shouldn't matter much unless you start talking about acres.
    Average size garden shouldn't take long with the Kubota.

    Yes, I'm mobile. Dually pickup, car trailer already here. My insurance would cover
    the truck/ trailer/tractor/ on the road. Certainly wouldn't cover the actual act of
    my plowing in their yard.

    What would you think? Would it be worth my buying a tiller? Can I justify spending
    money on something I want anyway?

  2. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Crowing

    Feb 23, 2010
    Let me go on to say that a new 5 foot King-Kutter tiller is $1300
    all in. In my mind I could justify the expense over two years.

    $650 a season.

    $50 a garden, I need 13 gardens.
    $45 a garden, I need 14.5 gardens
    $40 a garden, I need 16.25 gardens
    $30 a garden, I need 21.66 gardens

    Tiller here rents for $50.00 a half-day and is really worn out.
    To borrow one is a pain.

    I really want to buy one, just need to justify the expense first.
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Can't help you with the cost, but if you are planning to work on someone elses property you might want to think about getting licensed and bonded... My BIL does handymantype work, and has run into situations where there were buried power wires, etc... that the land owner didn't know were there. You need to cover your behind...
  4. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    I'd look at it like this instead myself

    $50 a garden, I need 13 years
    $45 a garden, I need 14.5 years
    $40 a garden, I need 16.25 years
    $30 a garden, I need 21.66 years

    Just doing your own garden.
  5. MeatKing

    MeatKing Songster

    We bought a tiller, now we do our neighbors for free, lend it to hubbies brother and friends... We usually end up paying for everyones gas, it's not much but still...
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Get insurance on the machine and let others rent it form you for $40 ?
  7. sesa

    sesa Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Thurmont, Md
    My son runs the tiller and we feed him, does that count?

  8. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    Don't forget your costs for maintenance, gas and gas for the truck going to and from the various gardens. We paid 200 for our garden to be plowed one year but then we have a big ol' garden and we were breaking ground....which reminds me you'll want to get paid extra for ground breaking since it takes two or three passes usually. Anyway, the next couple of years we rented a tiller and I finally convinced husband that this whole thing of paying to rent a tiller, then finding out once you got home that the darn thing didn't work or wasn't up to the job so driving all the way back (we're about 30 miles from the nearest rental place) and then rushing through the tilling to get it back on time was ridiculous. We bought a very nice tiller with income tax that year and we've never regretted it even though we don't do other people's gardens to justify the expense. I figure in ten years we would have paid at least what the tiller cost in rental fees and gas driving back and forth to rent so it's more than worth it to us and Greg can take two or three days to do the tilling as well as get out there anytime he wants to till away the weeds or clean out chicken pens with the tiller.
  9. dewey

    dewey Songster

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    If owning one was a must for some reason and using your numbers, I'd rent a tiller to do the small $50 side-jobs, book 3 jobs per 1/2 day rental each saturday and in less than 8 saturdays working 1/2 day each, have enough to buy yourself a good used one, free & clear, at half price or less of new. [​IMG]
  10. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Our backyard is the size of a postage stamp, and the section we till up is about 12 feet by 22 feet. We have a Mantis hand tiller & do it ourselves. Takes about an afternoon to do the whole thing, including digging out weeds & adding in/tilling-in/mixing-in the compost. In fact, it'll be happening here REAL soon. If we get a good day without rain on the 30th, it'll be happening that day.

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