Just received a call from a school here in town that is getting bids for the grounds. I bid it 3 yrs ago and lost out. Story is the guy that got the bid used all the schools equipment. They have a 72 inch front mount kubota, 3-4 yrs old and a 60 inch bushhog front mount mower that is a yr old and a piece of junk. They went thru 5 trimmers last yr, all were around $79 a piece. The superindent told me that they are re-bidding this year cuz the last crew did a good job but they were never done. 6 days a week mowing, at nite, during activities, never seemed to trim but maybe twice all summer. Job would be mow all the area but inside the football field/track. Total is 83 acres that the schools sit on. That includes a grade school, middle school & high school. Numerous parking lots, 5 ball diamonds, tennis court area, etc. Tyipical school set-up. We can park in one lot and never have to reload till night. My questions is how do i figure there estimate with there mowers along with ours? I would take our WAm there and knock the big areas in a day for sure. Use there mowers (maybe) around school bldings, etc. Trimming I would set up like our cemetaries, trim every other week - three week during July - August when it is hot. As far as trimming walks, is it more effecient to string trim or use our walk behind egder. Sure you have the blades but once there done for the first time - you can walk as fast as you want. Curbs I would still string trim. I am thinking with my crew - 1 wam, schools 2 mowers and 1 of my z's, mowing time - day to day in a half. I could also throw our other WAM in there and cut the WAM mowing in half and put one of those guys back onto another of our Z's or have them two start trimming/blowing. I am thinking effeciency, money for me and trying to conveince the school that there saving money by having me there in 1- 2 days vs 5-6 days with other crew. Total estimated time 40 - 50 hours give or take on the trimming. I am also thinking about asking them they pay for fuel in all mowers. Any other creative ideas to market this proposal to the school would be great as well.