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Edwardsville,IL.PLS
03-03-2008, 12:24 AM
A management Co. wants a bid for a 40 acre plot. No buildings, all open area with a couple drainage ditches. Pretty flat except for the ditch areas. Nothing to trim just a bunch of grass to mow. Is this too much for a Ferris is3100z 61" and if not what is a reasonable bid? Would probably take 8-9 hours to do.

bigw
03-03-2008, 12:28 AM
A management Co. wants a bid for a 40 acre plot. No buildings, all open area with a couple drainage ditches. Pretty flat except for the ditch areas. Nothing to trim just a bunch of grass to mow. Is this too much for a Ferris is3100z 61" and if not what is a reasonable bid? Would probably take 8-9 hours to do.

Is this on going or just a 1 time thing?

Edwardsville,IL.PLS
03-03-2008, 12:30 AM
Every 7-10 days

RGM
03-03-2008, 12:34 AM
do you have to trim

Edwardsville,IL.PLS
03-03-2008, 12:36 AM
No trim work, just mow.

C&K
03-03-2008, 12:51 AM
Around here jobs like that go pretty low. I would probably say around 480.00. That would be 60.00 per hour if it took 8 hours or 12.00 per acre. If you mow that 30 times you are looking at 14,400.00 and that would buy you a new mower. That would only put 240 hours on your mower.

Thats based on the info you gave. If several people are bidding, it will probably go lower but I wouldn't go much lower if any.

Good Luck and let us know how it turns out.

RGM
03-03-2008, 12:53 AM
That's going to be a hard day for one guy getting there early and leaving late better pack breakfast lunch and dinner. not sure if you can do it in 8 hr
9 or 10 maybe

fool32696
03-03-2008, 12:54 AM
I'd think the 61 would be on the small side. I wouldn't go down near $12 per acre. Unless you specialize in that kind of work you won't make any money. I'd shoot for $20+ per acre.

Edwardsville,IL.PLS
03-03-2008, 01:02 AM
I bid it at 16.25/acre,which may be alitte high I think. Not really sure I want to spend a whole day on one location.Just have to see what happens. Thanks!

RGM
03-03-2008, 01:11 AM
If I have to be there all 9 hrs I would want at least $600 but I think 700 would be better

gravedigger5
03-03-2008, 01:26 AM
realisticly, your talking 13 hrs at $60 is $780 and personally I believe that to be low. I am mowing 30 acres with a 9' mower on a tractor and a 72" ferris 3100 and that is taking me about 13 hrs. 7 to 10 days guaranteed or is it as necessary. the way the summers have been around here you can't keep up in the spring and the last two years you might go a month or more in the summer. be the difference between making a profit or loosing your rear. Marc

C&K
03-03-2008, 01:28 AM
It depends on your area. I would never get it around here for 700-800. 600.00 if I'm lucky.
How much do you make in a normal days mowing? 30-50 per yard on avg. driving to and from. This job has no drive time for a days work.
I bid on 14 different city parks last year and got one. We mow three diff. places that are 15 or more acres. and around here large acreage commercial jobs usually go pretty low.

But keep in mind that you are not getting ahead just paying for equip. and help so you have to really be sure of your estimated time and how much you need to make for you invested time and equipment.