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green thum
05-21-2005, 05:18 PM
:p here goes. my neighborhood homeowners assoc. owns a park 50 feet from my house.the guy that was cutting it gave it up recently because he said it was too much for him. he was cutting it with a 36" w/b,it took me 8.5 hrs but i think i will be able to get it done in 6 or less on a 52" ztr by myself.my question is this,does $185 sound to cheap?I will be able to rebid in sept. i was thing of bidding $235.00 what would tou guys bid?sorry im not good at guesstimating sq footage.

C.T. Lawn Care
05-21-2005, 05:52 PM
Well i like to get at least 60.00 and hour by myself. So if you think it would take you 6 hours then i would say at least 360.00, but i think that it would take more like 4.5-5 hours with a 52" ztr, maybe even less.

redoak77
05-21-2005, 11:21 PM
I would bid around 250.00. However ur price and my price will probably get ripped for being too cheap.

stumper1620
05-21-2005, 11:24 PM
:p here goes. my neighborhood homeowners assoc. owns a park 50 feet from my house.the guy that was cutting it gave it up recently because he said it was too much for him. he was cutting it with a 36" w/b,it took me 8.5 hrs but i think i will be able to get it done in 6 or less on a 52" ztr by myself.my question is this,does $185 sound to cheap?I will be able to rebid in sept. i was thing of bidding $235.00 what would tou guys bid?sorry im not good at guesstimating sq footage.
its a park. How much trimming is involved with this??

Del9175
05-21-2005, 11:54 PM
Well i like to get at least 60.00 and hour by myself. So if you think it would take you 6 hours then i would say at least 360.00, but i think that it would take more like 4.5-5 hours with a 52" ztr, maybe even less.

How in the world can you possibly guess as to how long it will take you to mow something that you have absolutly no idea how big it is?

I will say that if it does take six hours, $185 isn't enough.

ToroLandscaper
05-22-2005, 12:23 AM
360 is right!

sildoc
05-22-2005, 12:57 AM
185 would get you right at or close to 3-3.5 hours of work. Now if you are bidding low on mowing and outragous on shrubs that is one thing.
My figuring is that the park is right at 7 acres to take 8 hours mowing with a 52. I could mow 3 acres with my 36 in 3-4 hrs pending growth.
8.5 hrs with my 36" would get me 4-5 acres and alot of trimming.
I cant imagine a homeowners association having that large of a park. Open field yes park No.
Any ways a 52 will do .65 what a 36 will do give or take overlap.
so 8.5*.65=5.5 hours savings of 3 hours. at 185 = 33.63 an hour. at my cost would make me about 15 an hour. not what I am looking for in profit.

Shawns Lawns
05-22-2005, 09:28 AM
360 is right!
I agree. :waving:

stumper1620
05-22-2005, 09:34 AM
185 would get you right at or close to 3-3.5 hours of work. Now if you are bidding low on mowing and outragous on shrubs that is one thing.
My figuring is that the park is right at 7 acres to take 8 hours mowing with a 52. I could mow 3 acres with my 36 in 3-4 hrs pending growth.
8.5 hrs with my 36" would get me 4-5 acres and alot of trimming.
I cant imagine a homeowners association having that large of a park. Open field yes park No.
Any ways a 52 will do .65 what a 36 will do give or take overlap.
so 8.5*.65=5.5 hours savings of 3 hours. at 185 = 33.63 an hour. at my cost would make me about 15 an hour. not what I am looking for in profit.
please don't do this with your fonts anymore, my eyes can't take that.
unless you like being added to the ignore list, that would put you at the top since I have never saw need to do that to anyone yet.

BCSteel
05-22-2005, 11:24 AM
Get a measuring wheel and come back with some specs please.

Jpocket
05-22-2005, 06:55 PM
$185 is way too low for 6hours work. That's almost a whole work day! You need to get around $240 for it, and that's alittle on the cheap side. If you want / need the job bid $235.00, those some big company mite do it for $185.00 TuFF

sildoc
05-22-2005, 09:04 PM
please don't do this with your fonts anymore, my eyes can't take that.
unless you like being added to the ignore list, that would put you at the top since I have never saw need to do that to anyone yet.
Sorry hit ctrl and some thing a couple of times and couldn't figure what font it was set at. HMMMMMM Sorry.

rdran5
05-22-2005, 09:23 PM
No trimming and no blowing, I would consider 225.00 I have found I can usually cut 20 percent of my initial cut, A few of my "new" accounts this year were initially taking me about 30-35 min just cutting, once I figured out the lay of the yard, I am doing those yards in less than 25 min. But I am still new to this ZTR, and getting more efficient all the time.