View Full Version : Retention Pond bid

03-02-2004, 04:11 PM
I have a potential job that entails cleaning up an RP for a commercial owner who's tenant is moving out. I will post pics this evening of it but I wanted to get an idea of the best way to do this. I only have a 36" w/b, pole equip. and a 21" push. and ideas on what you all charge for this? Help Please!!:help: :help:

03-02-2004, 10:24 PM
Well,.. the owner said it was a retention pond,....but actually it is just a wild weed overgrown area in front,... of a retention pond......;) in back of a steel building commercial/retail site.

it is 135X40 ft area that needs to be bush hogged....

However,.. there is a lot of debris (three stacks of wooden pallets out in the weather for two years) bordering the area needing cleared. The owner SAYS it is the tenant that will remove the debris. They are supposed to be out by the week end. I have a feeling they will bolt and leave the debris. So will have a price ready for that as well....

how would you all bid this?

03-02-2004, 10:28 PM
This is the next pic just to the right (atop a pallat stack)

Fantasy Lawns
03-02-2004, 10:31 PM
I would go to a rental center n rent a bush hog wb .... cut it down n charge $600 with trash to $400 cleared .... long as that is all the area needed in the photo ...

03-02-2004, 10:36 PM
Next pic just to the right again

03-02-2004, 10:38 PM

ya mean $400 for just clearing and $600 for clearing AND trash???

03-03-2004, 10:37 AM
There were some laborers there this morning. So,.. I guess they will clean up the debris... we'll have to wait to be sure though.....

03-03-2004, 03:44 PM
Any advise on bids at all??????:confused:

03-03-2004, 11:53 PM
Went buy at 7pm today,.. debris still there...;)

03-04-2004, 12:28 AM
Whatever you do, please, please don't put a nice mower on that crap, especially not anything you want to deliver a quality cut again. I second Fantasy Lawns advice. Rent a Billygoat or something. Also, watch out for snakes. They love old wood like that.

03-04-2004, 01:08 AM
600 to cut and clean sounds fair to me, maybe a little more would be reasonable as well since this isnt' something you normally do. Rent the billy goat or similar mower, you should be able to cut it in a half day and spend the next couple of hours cleaning. I've been doing this work for 7 years, no clean cut mowing like the rest of you guys. Taming jungles has been my specialty.

I use a billy goat wb, a kunz 55" rough cut mower behind an atv, and stihl 550 and husky 265 'weedeaters' to clean up anything a tractor can't reach.

03-04-2004, 02:07 AM
I've done jobs exactly like that before aa few times. I agree 100%, rent a billy goat or similar brush mower. Should only run around $65- $75 for a day. You can clear a heck of a lot of that with a trimmer with the sring out real far too. About $500+/-.

03-04-2004, 09:31 AM
Yea,.. it will be cut with a bush hog or similar equipment. There is six inches of water in the middle right now due to recent rain we have had. It is just overgrown with weed brush. Owner is still working with tenant to get debris removed.

03-04-2004, 03:18 PM
A 17hp ford diesel tractor w/a Clipper 4' deck should do the trick...ya think?

03-04-2004, 11:38 PM
As long as you dont have any steep slopes, maybe 45 minutes to an hour? go for it.

03-08-2004, 12:37 AM
I thank Everyone for the replies. The tenant agreed to clean the site himself so,. A bid was never proposed...

Columbia Turf
03-08-2004, 01:03 AM
Can someone clarify something for me. You are talking about a piece of ground that is 135 feet by 40 feet and going to charge$500.00 to clear off a few pallets and McDonalds bags or whatever and then mow it???????

03-08-2004, 01:36 AM
On the dimensions & BASIC work description,...... that would be correct!

As to the price,.. $500 HAS indeed been suggested by some. (including local companies)

Understand,.. (as you can see) this is not something you are jus gonna whip over with a w/b or Z.

Also,. (just so ya know) if the client did not have access to a bush hog or similar equip. It would cost around $200 to $300 just to get the equip. rented locally.

SSsooo,. how would this be handled in MO?

Columbia Turf
03-08-2004, 01:50 AM
I understand it is to much for a w/b or a lazer. It was stated by someone it would only take about 45 minutes to cut. I cant see it taking more than about 20 minutes with a decent tractor and bush hog. If you charged travel time each way, I really dont see more than about an hour. That is why I think it is probably over priced. If you can get $300-$400 per hour for tractor work, I'M movin down.

03-09-2004, 01:40 AM
You may be right on the time frame to complete. I figured 1.5 hrs. The least expensive local bid for tractor work I got was for $250, (on a two hr estimate) The most expensive was $600.

:D SSsooo,... is the U-Haul packed yet???:D

Columbia Turf
03-10-2004, 12:06 AM
Q-DRIVER,, I havent been to lawnsite for a couple days. Had to find someone to run the mowin crews whiled I vacationed in FLA. U-haul is packed, Tractor is loaded, All I need is the directions to your house and a pillow when I get there. LMAO!!!

03-10-2004, 01:33 AM
Most rough cut mowing goes for around $100-$150 per hour in northern Illinois. I set a minimum at $100 regardless of size. I think I could come in there and mow that lot in 15 minutes max.


Columbia Turf
03-11-2004, 12:09 AM
Mowingmachine, That is what I was thinkiing. I guess they are getting more in FLA than we do up here. What kind of tractor you runnin?

03-11-2004, 12:18 AM
Columbia Turf,

I actually use an ATV and a pull behind rough cut mower. Works well and not as hard to haul around as a tractor.


Columbia Turf
03-11-2004, 12:22 AM
I am sure that works well especially in some tighter areas! We do alot of rough cuttin. Kubota and 6 foot john deere MX cutter.

03-12-2004, 01:09 AM

Do you prefer goose down or buckwheat hull?:D

Columbia Turf
03-12-2004, 01:28 AM
Hey, why spare the expense. With all that money gunna be makin, go with the goose down.

03-12-2004, 01:37 AM
We'll keep the light on for ya!! lol:D