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bmartin
01-30-2006, 11:21 PM
What should I bid? The park is mainly flat and wide-open with 2 baseball fields and 1 track. There is only 1 large hill but it is managable with a rider. i have enough equipment to do it in one day with a 3 man crew. They want the bid to be per mow.....help please...

rodfather
01-31-2006, 02:14 AM
$1250 would be my minimum

green acres lawns
01-31-2006, 02:18 AM
Figure what do you need to make for a full days work with a 3 man crew and divide that by 35 acres to get a per acre price.

Jackman
01-31-2006, 07:54 AM
$1250 would be my minimum

Rodfather,

1,250 seems really low for a job that big, I would figure at least 2,000 per cut. How much time do you think it would take to cut 35 acres? 35 acres to cut looks to be about 2 days work when the crappy weather sets in......

Precision
01-31-2006, 08:14 AM
two 60" Z riders at 6 hours each should easily get you 35 acres mowed. Then you need the trimming and edging time. So before trimming you are looking at 12 man hours plus drive and unload time.

I would guess 6 man hours for the trimming, but who knows haven't seen the place.

So with Rodfather's bid $1250 / 20 man hours (including drive hours) is 62.50 per man hours. I could live with that. It is also $35 / acre per cut, which isn't too bad on acreage.

Now if you need to do fert, weed control or anything else, then way higher, but basically a mow and blow, sure $1250- 1600 would do great.

rodfather
01-31-2006, 08:30 AM
two 60" Z riders at 6 hours each should easily get you 35 acres mowed. Then you need the trimming and edging time. So before trimming you are looking at 12 man hours plus drive and unload time.

I would guess 6 man hours for the trimming, but who knows haven't seen the place.

So with Rodfather's bid $1250 / 20 man hours (including drive hours) is 62.50 per man hours. I could live with that. It is also $35 / acre per cut, which isn't too bad on acreage.

Now if you need to do fert, weed control or anything else, then way higher, but basically a mow and blow, sure $1250- 1600 would do great.

Thank you sir...

MMLawn
01-31-2006, 09:17 AM
What should I bid? The park is mainly flat and wide-open with 2 baseball fields and 1 track. There is only 1 large hill but it is managable with a rider. i have enough equipment to do it in one day with a 3 man crew. They want the bid to be per mow.....help please...


They probably are requiring it anyway, but remember, even if they aren't you'll still want liablity insurance so how are you going to get that and how are you going to address a contract on his bid since you are only 17 years old and can't legally enter into binding contracts?

You also said earlier in another thread you started that your 3 man crew had a 60" ZTR and a 48" WB...if that is all the "big" mowers you have then, NO you don't have the equipment to do tis job either.

Tyner Lawn Service
01-31-2006, 09:32 AM
Let's see if I can mow one residential 3000sq ft lawn for $20 then take 43,000 sq ft in approx per acre divide 3000sqft which is the same as 14 lawns times $20 or $280 per acre times 35 acres =$9,800 for the job. Since you don't have to stop and start you could do it for half price of $4,900. LOL!!! In all reality get ready for about a bid of $30 per acre the way companies seem to give away work these days.

LwnmwrMan22
01-31-2006, 11:09 AM
Let's see if I can mow one residential 3000sq ft lawn for $20 then take 43,000 sq ft in approx per acre divide 3000sqft which is the same as 14 lawns times $20 or $280 per acre times 35 acres =$9,800 for the job. Since you don't have to stop and start you could do it for half price of $4,900. LOL!!! In all reality get ready for about a bid of $30 per acre the way companies seem to give away work these days.


Okay, so you can do a 3k sq ft lawn for $20. We're happy for you. Your calculation is off, because you'd have to have 508 lawns, and do them all in 1 day, to get to your $9,800. This point is just dumb.

Even at $280 / acre, you'd have to have 60 lawns and do them all in one day, to equal the 35 acre mowing charge of roughly $1200.

What's your point??

I just bid a school district, all one piece of land, 3 buildings, parking lots, etc., on 35 acres. My bid was $23,800 for 22 mowings, or..... 1,081 / mow.

I've got (2) 11' WAM's and (2) 60" ZTRs and figure I could do it all, mow and trim in 11 hours.

What alot of guys here don't realize, is they keep talking about edging time.

There is no edging time, it's a park. As long as the grass looks mowed, you don't even have to trim 1/2 the time. Just keep the grass mowed. :dizzy:

BTW, I AM solo, I just have this extra equipment, so if I break something, I can keep on mowing, and drop the broken mower off at the shop at the earliest convienence, rather than have to stop working and be sunk for the day, just another reason my net isn't as high as some say it "should" be............

Tyner Lawn Service
01-31-2006, 02:21 PM
Okay, so you can do a 3k sq ft lawn for $20. We're happy for you. Your calculation is off, because you'd have to have 508 lawns, and do them all in 1 day, to get to your $9,800. This point is just dumb.

Even at $280 / acre, you'd have to have 60 lawns and do them all in one day, to equal the 35 acre mowing charge of roughly $1200.

What's your point??

I just bid a school district, all one piece of land, 3 buildings, parking lots, etc., on 35 acres. My bid was $23,800 for 22 mowings, or..... 1,081 / mow.

I've got (2) 11' WAM's and (2) 60" ZTRs and figure I could do it all, mow and trim in 11 hours.

What alot of guys here don't realize, is they keep talking about edging time.

There is no edging time, it's a park. As long as the grass looks mowed, you don't even have to trim 1/2 the time. Just keep the grass mowed. :dizzy:

BTW, I AM solo, I just have this extra equipment, so if I break something, I can keep on mowing, and drop the broken mower off at the shop at the earliest convienence, rather than have to stop working and be sunk for the day, just another reason my net isn't as high as some say it "should" be............I was just having fun with this post and yes $280 per acre times 35=$9,800. I WAS JUST HAVING FUN WIYH FIGURES BECAUSE TOO MANY PEOPLE COME ON HERE AND HAVE NO BUSINESS ASKING WHAT TO BID SOMETHING FOR!!!!!THE FIGURES WERE WAY OUT OF WAC FOR A REASON.:)

Rollacosta
01-31-2006, 02:29 PM
£30 per acre this side of the pond

topsites
01-31-2006, 02:48 PM
$1250 would be my minimum

For 3 men, yeah at least 1200 because 400 / day / worker.

But at 30 / acre it comes to 1000, so you stand a chance someone with a Z comes along and outbids you but you have to make profit first, so bid 1200+ (or 1250) and let it go. I do find it amusing the 25 / acre line of thinking has stopped, thou I am sure here in a few months we might see some come down to 20 / acre lol... Personally, I like 30-35 / acre for those kind of big lots.

The only problem I have with areas that big, I'd almost want to see the property schematic from the county as this will tell you the exact square footage... Unfortunately, I find there's no telling if it's truly 35 acres or maybe it really happens to be 40, heh... So you need to be able to verify the size somehow.

DixieFerris
01-31-2006, 03:23 PM
With 3 guys mowing on 3 zero turns, I would hope to be making $200/hr minimum. Our 3 Dixies in good conditions would be mowing about 9 acres per hour, thus we would have the mowing done in 4 hours, and the trimming and other odds/ends in 2 more hours....$1200 seems dead on

LwnmwrMan22
01-31-2006, 03:23 PM
For 3 men, yeah at least 1200 because 400 / day / worker.

But at 30 / acre it comes to 1000, so you stand a chance someone with a Z comes along and outbids you but you have to make profit first, so bid 1200+ (or 1250) and let it go. I do find it amusing the 25 / acre line of thinking has stopped, thou I am sure here in a few months we might see some come down to 20 / acre lol... Personally, I like 30-35 / acre for those kind of big lots.

The only problem I have with areas that big, I'd almost want to see the property schematic from the county as this will tell you the exact square footage... Unfortunately, I find there's no telling if it's truly 35 acres or maybe it really happens to be 40, heh... So you need to be able to verify the size somehow.

Measuring wheel.

daveintoledo
01-31-2006, 03:51 PM
some how this ended up in the wrong thread...

HOOLIE
01-31-2006, 04:07 PM
If you know it's a day's work for 3 men, I would think you could come up with a price on your own. I take it you're not really sure how long it's gonna take...

65hoss
02-01-2006, 10:48 PM
$1250 would be my minimum

I agree with the old man. :drinkup:

Norm Al
02-01-2006, 10:49 PM
one hundred miiilllllion dollars!