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Old 03-17-2002, 08:37 AM
Katwalk Katwalk is offline
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Fert. pricing per app.

Coming from the northeast would $120 per application for 5 apps. using lesco products on 30,000 square feet be reasonable?
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Old 03-17-2002, 09:51 AM
Kent Lawns Kent Lawns is offline
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Welcome to the forum!

That's a good price.

You may even be high, here's why:
Times are changing: with new rider machines like the PermaGreen unit and EZ Spray, guys are taking advantage of the lower production time and bidding these sites lower than when they had to push them or drag a hose.

Also the cost of N has dropped this season.
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Old 03-17-2002, 10:30 AM
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Your in the ball park
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Old 03-17-2002, 01:17 PM
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In the my area 30000 k would go for $105.00. And thats the high end. Way to much competiton! Good Luck
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Old 03-17-2002, 08:37 PM
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$125 for me, sounds right. If I ever do spend $4500 for a spreader I will not be going down on my price because I'm doing it faster.
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Old 03-18-2002, 11:17 AM
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Softening our market!

Kent Lawns,
Why is it when we go out and buy expensive machines to make the job quicker and easier.We feel as though we have to pass all the savings on to the customer.Generally the guys I see that follow that way of thinking don't stay around long.
Brian.
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Old 03-18-2002, 08:58 PM
Kent Lawns Kent Lawns is offline
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1.) I have been using high production equipment for years (C&S Turf Tracer) so my price structure is unchanged.

2.) Seems every new guy and most old ones have caught on to equipment that allows treatment of those .5 - 2 acre sites way faster than 5 years ago.

I don't know if it's "a way of thinking" as much as a market reality. ie. if you're cutting this same 30,000 sq/ft with a 36" Belt WB/lawn tractor combo as everyone used to do 20 years ago, you're simply not going to be competitive.

Obviously if you "pass all the savings" on to your customers, you don't come out ahead.
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Old 03-19-2002, 05:08 AM
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What kind of N source will you be using? Also fert prices shall be going back up in the not too distant future as gas prices are goin back up.
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Old 03-19-2002, 08:33 AM
Kent Lawns Kent Lawns is offline
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Urea N prices are more closely associated with natural gas rather than automotive fuel.

He said Lesco products, so the N is probably mostly from urea & PPSCU sources.
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Old 03-19-2002, 01:09 PM
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I appreciate the feedback from all. I am looking to pick up about 20 fert. customers that we maintain weekly but this is first year we will fertilize. thanks.
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