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Right of way (How do they do it?)

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mross350, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. mross350

    mross350 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Our company had a chance to bid on spraying a local railroad. They got a price from the company that has done it in the past, and our price. Long story short, we were way to high. How in the world do these companies do this so cheap? The only thing i can think is that they are not pricing the same chemicals. We priced it using hyvar, which i know is not cheap. Surely they aren't using round-up. What esle could they be using to keep it controlled for several months? By the way we are licensed Cat. 6 ROW Any ideas?

    Thanks, Marc
    R&M Outdoors LLC
  2. bug-guy

    bug-guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 971

    look at sahara
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    What was your rational for hyvar? did you list alternatives with your bid with corresponding prices?
  4. mross350

    mross350 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Sahara is more expensive than hyvar and does not work as well. Supposively the other company priced hyvar or some kind of sterilant. I don't think they used hyvar or sahara.
  5. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,744

    Agent Orange
  6. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,466

    Even if you both used the same stuff they maybe playing with the labor rate to get the bid. Or thinning the product out to cut price.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Is prometon (like the brand name Pramitol) any cheaper than Hyvar?
  8. Horizon Lawn

    Horizon Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    They probably used spike 80 D this is what the railroads around here have used for years. It kills everything for atleast a year so they wouldnt have to spray but one time so cutting there cost for labor. I have seen spike work for as much as 2 years but you cant put it near anything that you want to live including trees.
  9. Heidi J.

    Heidi J. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 341

    It also depends who you bid against. We have a Veg, division, and have for years.. Because it something I do alot of, I get better deals on products then you might. There are companies out there that may be crooked, but most times, veg. control contracts come with a guarantee of some sort. Watering down the products sure done help..:laugh:

    Heidi J.
  10. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Posts: 3,251

    Maybe they have some specialized equipment or application methods that reduce their labor.

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