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I tedded 25 acres tonight that was 7.6 miles from my farm for a dairy farmer neighbor. It took me 5.5 hours total, and almost a half tank a fuel. This was done at the USDA average rate of $8/acre.

Is it typical to charge a travel time or mileage fee for doing contact work? Or you just go with the standard rate within a "reasonable" distance, whatever that might be? Or, is the rate the rate, and it's up to me to take the job or not if it's too far away?
 

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You go with whatever you need to come out ahead. I don't charge travel time but if fields are scattered the clock doesn't stop. I charge fuel and I also charge by the hour not acre. To many variables and I'm going to get paid for my time.
 

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“Typical” is probably going to be regional and related to the amount of competition in your area. The average rate is also going to be heavily influenced by people running bigger/faster equipment than you. The seven miles wouldn’t bother me a whole lot depending on the scope of the job. What size rig are you running? Sounds like it took a lot of time and especially fuel.
 

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Travel time was about 20ish minutes, there were a bunch of stop signs and waiting for traffic… using my new 75 hp tractor and 4 rotor H&S tedder. It would have gone faster if when it was mowed it was windrowed tighter instead of spread out, short stubble made getting good pickup difficult.

I also need light bars, I could not see off to the sides at all when making turns…
 

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I’m doing custom work for 25 acres and if I break it down by time I’m making around $100/hr. If it’s much less than that then it’s not really worth it to me. I still have to pay my help and the fuel, and then my own time.
 
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