It is a major account for me - 33 acres. Honestly - I was at the break even point with about 5% extra. So - the local competitor thinks he can mow all this. Mind you I have 2 WAMS (one is now for sale!) He mowed there with a 72 Deere Z, and 2 52 toro Z's. The call came in today that he beat my bid by $365 - so he is doing this property around the $400 range give or take within saying the exact amount. I guys on the WAM - day in half. Ditch work, rolling areas for water - even been stuck a few times. It'll take the rest of a 4 man crew to mow the front areas that are under irrigation. Mostly Z work, all bagged, trimmed, edged, blown. There are numerous island areas that a 44 WB does cuz it fits in b/t cars and the islands act as borders from one parking lot to the other. The PR / grounds guys we deal with said we did an awesome job but at that price along with his upper management boss - they had to go with him. With out giving you guys all the hours my crew puts in there for what we got paid now to figure what this jacka@# is charging is beyond my thinking! Based on the last three years of mowing - averaged 24.5 time mowing - I figure he'll be in the $10,500 - $11,500 area for mowing. That wouldn't even cover the cost of a new Z. I have to just shake my head! The PR guy said don't sell all your equipment now cuz we'll see how he does but if things are not done timely, ect - he'll be calling. Whatever I guess. I along with another landscape company sprayed this area as well. Were both close but with the jacka#$ - his price was almost half of what we charged in the past. Broadleaf control only - once / year. Now as things progress, you get older, times change - shouldn't the price also increase. It seems to me that everytime we bid something - things get cheaper and cheaper to where the price now is what we were charging 10 years ago. I also remember gas in the 70 cent range! So - just had to vent a little!