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Old 04-08-2013, 11:55 AM
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Just curious what someone else would bid

Submitted a bid last week on 17 Electrical substations. Just mowing. They average 2 acres each, not rough, not much weedeating, 400 miles round trip from home. The grass is sprayed for weeds and is mostly bermuda. They only want them mowed 3-4 times per year depending on rain. I know there are countless variables to consider but would appreciate some input on this one. Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-08-2013, 01:03 PM
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Just wondering what you think it will cost you in gas alone? Do you have any help?
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:14 PM
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Good luck! I would have never bid on something that far away
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:31 PM
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400 miles is allowing myself 4 days to get them done, four trips out and four trips home on four "routes" equals 400 miles. 1/2 Chevy getting 10 miles a gallon = $150, not sure on mower gas. 1 Helper. Considering buying another mower, there is not enough weedeating at each location for a helper to stay busy.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:55 PM
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If it was for 4 cuts and not 3, I would guess somewhere around $8000. Maybe $7500? But that's just spitballing.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:09 PM
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Bid like you would any other lawn. Your per acre rate x 2 x 17 sites + your windshield time. Without seeing it, I'd be about $2250 each time I mowed, but I'd still not do something that far away.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:28 PM
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One hundred miles each trip really isn't all that much driving in a rural area. I drive 60+ miles most days. The real trick here is to make enough to justify tying up a full day for mowing only 4 properties each day, as per your explanation of the accounts. Around here, a 2 acre property with minimal trimming would likely get done for less than $75, which would only be $300 per day, meaning if you charged an additional $50 a day to cover expenses, you wouldn't really be making much money per hour. I agree with others this would have to pay well over $2,000 per mowing to make it worthwhile.

I don't know about your area, but I know a guy here who has had the contract mowing substations for an area electrical company for at least a dozen years, and he does none of the mowing himself, but instead subcontracts it out to a friend of mine. I have no idea the money involved, but it is obviously profitable for both men. These are mowed probably once a month at a minimum.

Also, I would buy a second mower, you don't want to be far away from home and not be able to complete a job, and I'd lose the helper. It really doesn't make much sense to pay someone to help you mow what amounts to 8 acres or so a day. The money you will save on labor will quickly pay off another machine. Good luck.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:40 PM
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400 miles is allowing myself 4 days to get them done, four trips out and four trips home on four "routes" equals 400 miles. 1/2 Chevy getting 10 miles a gallon = $150, not sure on mower gas. 1 Helper. Considering buying another mower, there is not enough weedeating at each location for a helper to stay busy.
I would cut it down to 2 to 3 days. No reason to drag it out 4 days. Most likely with that mower (I owned a 09 same deck/31hpengine). 2 acres longer cut will be 45mins to an hr with little trimming. So if you did 2 sun up to sun down days it would be done with ease. Most likely you can mow them very early and late since residentials won't be close enough to hear.
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Submitted a bid last week on 17 Electrical substations. Just mowing. They average 2 acres each, not rough, not much weedeating, 400 miles round trip from home. The grass is sprayed for weeds and is mostly bermuda. They only want them mowed 3-4 times per year depending on rain. I know there are countless variables to consider but would appreciate some input on this one. Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-08-2013, 10:57 PM
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I agree with the guy that said about starting early... I once did a big account 50 miles away, first and only time I ever traveled more than 15 miles from my base. We'd get up and leave at 6 be there by 7 and be done by around 12 and eat lunch in the truck on the way home. But I would agree with woody, about 2k a cut. 100 bucks per station and 300 for fuel/windshield time. JMO though.
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