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Old 03-22-2013, 12:35 AM
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with my overhead and profit, we price at $35 per man hour, and on a competitive bid usually down to $33. i know for a fact that 10 mil. a year companies in NE ohio are pricing at $33 per man hour. obviously running a 3-5 % profit margin.

we are able to charge the $40-$50 on high end residential. however, we do not target ANY residential, only commercial. large Commercial is cut throat here....
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For me to stay in competitive with others in my area Im only one runs 3 72'' mowers on big Commercial jobs. I use to run 60'' and I started loose jobs. So I bought 72'' mowers still running same price Taking me less time to get the job done'
Say I charge $30 per acre and can mow 5 acres per hour that's $150 per hr that mower made that's good money.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:43 AM
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This is true, I've only ever looked at a price per acre after calculating a cost based on square footages and hourly rates. I honestly believe that our crews can accomplish upwards of 4 flat acres per hour, but I try to stay a little more conservative and bid around 2 acres per hour production rate.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:56 AM
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Exactly, to secure these large commercial contracts its seems you have to operate as a "lean bare bones EFFICIENT " business. We run brand new machines, brand new trucks, uniformed employees, but at the end of the year our profit is around 6-10%. Which I am very happy with, considering its part of my model to have all new, fleet maintained equipment.

Back to the $50 per machine/ man hour. Let me know when you win a 20 acre commercial at that rate. If you do, that business won't be in business much longer or they need to fire the person sending out the RFP's lol.
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You realize you're talking to a solo small operation right? He's throwing numbers out just to do it.

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I was just thinking that myself, I wouldn't go over 2 and they're going to call us lowballers but we're pricing $32.91 a man hour running 2.903 - 4.798% profit margins.
We all know you're tossing out BS. Just stick with true factual info.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:58 AM
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I'd say in the $650 range. If you're going for open area commercials I'd try a 72. We went from a 54 to a 72 and you can't believe the difference in production at the end of the week.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:37 PM
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My area $300 would be tops. We're in the 12-15 per acre range. I run wams though. I mow one 40 acre site. 4guys done in a day. That includes one wam. Two 52 exmarks on front office area, 1 man starts off trimming.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:01 PM
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I was gonna say you need a tractor to cut that much.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:33 PM
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Holy cow $300 would just cover my labor cost on that site. These facilities want to see stripes, commercial zero turns..... I cannot imagine rolling up with a tractor and finish mower. lol
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:41 PM
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My area $300 would be tops.
I'd stay home at that price
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:03 PM
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wow $300?!
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:10 PM
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Holy cow $300 would just cover my labor cost on that site. These facilities want to see stripes, commercial zero turns..... I cannot imagine rolling up with a tractor and finish mower. lol
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Golf coarses dont use no ZTRS. Even my 40 hp with my 6' mower can cut faster than any ztr. A 15' batwing mower could cut that in less than 2 hours.
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