Bid on 42 miles right of way

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MP350, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. MP350

    MP350 LawnSite Member
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    Got a bid package today to mow 42 miles of right of ways, must commence and be completed within 20 days of issuance of purchase order. Here's the kicker you must use their tractor & bush hog,do all the maintenance on the tractor and shall not repair or cause to be repaired the districts tractor.And you only have 10 days to submit a bid. How can you prepare a bid in only 10 days not knowing how this tractor performs, how about fuel consumption ,oil change cost, etc. I plan to just put a no bid on the package.
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Is this for state, county, or local government?

  3. MP350

    MP350 LawnSite Member
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    Local goverment
  4. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 952

    Sounds to me like whoever put this bid package together already has in mind who they want. Simply becasue the lack of information provided.
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    How is the best way to say this...

    The bid package goes in the trash can.
  6. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 533

    I'm with Hoss !
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    Ditto on the trash!!!
  8. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Instead of putting it out to bid, why don't they just hire someone to drive their tractor?
  9. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Encountered the same thing and the reason its put to bid is local politics and the last guy that was mowing beat the crap out of the trac. so now they want to see how much they can save by hiring it out. Bid it this way,3 yr cotract, Your equipment, set the price and explained that they can sell there trac. which helps offset the cost and you have your own ins. worker comp etc. That will eliminate 1-2 twp. or whatever employee. I did a twp. this same way and made out pretty good plus I picked up a bunch of extras. I would say its worth putting the bid in, nothing to loose except $$$$

  10. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    Dealing with any government is a pain in the A$$. I would run from this bid as fast as possible.

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