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Old 12-30-2012, 04:53 PM
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Hello from Romeoville, IL

Hey there,
I'm new to lawn site and just would like to say hey to the lawn site community. I currently started a lawn care company in the spring of 2012. I'm still learning the ropes of estimating , is there some set guidelines in the lawn care community such as auto shops. If so can someone please direct me where to go, I looked into Nilson books, but not sure if there useful. Anyways I would like to say hi and look forward to using this site to help me along as well if i can help others.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:57 PM
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Howdy from Texas. There is no such thing as Mitchel's for Landscape but Vander Kooi does have a book with some production rates in it. Nonetheless you should determine your own.

If a mower is going 8 MPH and is 52" wide how much grass can it cut?

Now add, trees, hills and other obstacles.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:00 PM
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I have the residential down in my area but Im starting to get calls for some bigger areas, would you charge buy the acre or by the minute, this is where I get confused and always seem to get outbid or bid way to low and get beat up lol.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:21 PM
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I have the residential down in my area but Im starting to get calls for some bigger areas, would you charge buy the acre or by the minute, this is where I get confused and always seem to get outbid or bid way to low and get beat up lol.
Number One, It is better to lose the job than to lose money.

I just got a look at an old bid for the city and the bids ranged from

22K to 350K. No kidding. Needless to say the guy that got the job for 22K did not get the contract extention so the city is bidding again.

You can bid by AC or SF which is what I do. Oddly, on a typical house yard in our area trimming and mowing is about equal. When you get to larger properties that might not be the case, particularly if you have wide open spaces.
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