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Old 02-25-2006, 07:38 PM
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Need Some Big Help

Hey guys... I have been in business for a long time but mostly with residential and midsize commerical accounts. I received a bid request about a week ago from the school district that I graduated from. The president of the board of education asked me a few months prior if I would be interested to be on the district's bid list and I said sure why not. However, this bid request was for 5 schools in the district to be mowed, trimmed and edged weekly. I dont think that any of the huge outfits in town have been asked to bid because I heard they wanted graduates and close connections to the school to get the job. If that is indeed the case, then I am pretty sure that I am the most qualified person in the mix... Now I ask you guys... How do I bid something this large. I have tinkered with a few ideas but nothing that I am sure will give me a bid that I am sure is a good one. I can calculate the square footage if need be, but they sent me what they wanted mowed with satellite imagery. I will attach the photos they sent me in a reply right beneath this. Any help would be very helpful and appreciated as to this matter. Thanks guys!!
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Old 02-25-2006, 07:52 PM
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my first question is do you have the equipment and employees to handle somehting this large???? You mow with deere equipment ?? Best of luck.. sounds like it could be a big money maker for you..
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Old 02-25-2006, 07:54 PM
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All of the bid area is in the red outline. Again, Im not asking what to bid, just what is the best way to attack this bid. Thanks again guys.
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Old 02-25-2006, 07:56 PM
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Yeah lawncare18... I am definitely hearing you on that. We currently have three 52's and if we get this we are planning on purchasing a 72 as well. I dont run all deere equipment anymore, used too. The exmark cut is too good to keep running all deere.
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:05 PM
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We do 5 schools right now with 2 11' mowers and 2 60" ZTRs, get all 5 done in 2 days, $38,400 / year with this year's pay increase.
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Old 02-27-2006, 03:48 PM
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The bid came in at 47600... it was 1 million square feet (23 acres).. I hope I get it
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Old 02-27-2006, 04:03 PM
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The bid came in at 47600... it was 1 million square feet (23 acres).. I hope I get it
23 acres, eh??

I school I bid a month ago, 30ish acres, went out at $13,600, my bid was $22 - 23,000 somewhere in there.

Lawnmasters -

Hopefully you'll do this, but when the bids are opened, and you're over twice as high as the guy that gets the bid, will you please posts what the price was that the contract was awarded too??

It'd be nice.

I'll say your total for the year, for 23 acres for 25 weeks will be about $12k for the year.
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Old 02-27-2006, 04:46 PM
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This is 23 acres of nice grass that grows a good amount every week.. It is also watered each day. The season here in Wichita is a good 32 weeks atleast. I figured the amount for 32 weeks and around 60-65 dollars an acre. If the season is longer then the extra mowing comes out of my pocket. For what they are wanting, I think this should be pretty competitive price
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This is 23 acres of nice grass that grows a good amount every week.. It is also watered each day. The season here in Wichita is a good 32 weeks atleast. I figured the amount for 32 weeks and around 60-65 dollars an acre. If the season is longer then the extra mowing comes out of my pocket. For what they are wanting, I think this should be pretty competitive price

Okay. 23 acres, 32 weeks... the bid will come in around...... $18 - $20k.

Again, let us know when you find out.
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The bid came in at 47600... it was 1 million square feet (23 acres).. I hope I get it
figure on approximately 1/2 of that amount to be awarded.
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