school bid

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gaulk, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. gaulk

    gaulk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    just found out what the schools were paying last year to have 60 acres mowed. Now this is 5 different schools that make the total, it was being done for 625$ a week. I just can not figure this one out, i was going 2 bid it for 2,200 per week is their any true method 2 this madness?
  2. ltlm

    ltlm LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    we take care of 50 acre of school property. we do 2 middle schools one elem one high school --bus garage--two practice fields one foot ball field and track --four ball fields --two soccer fields and administration office. all for 3800. a week the foot ball field get cut three times a week.
  3. Bet $10.00 who ever is doing it last year will probably get outbid at that price.
  4. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,915

    Probably the local boy that lives at home, or the scum of the earth doing it for beer money. Either way, the low bid will always get it if they meet the bid spec criteria. I've done some school bids and they HAVE to take low bid. I can pretty much bet my left nut that I'll never be the low bid for anything.
  5. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,780

    We bid an area of around 40 acres of school.. They told us they want a "contractor" not summer help ruining there equipment etc.

    So we bid, all of our equipment, $2450.00 / mow. They were going to take care of the football field and the two baseball fields.

    Needless to say the guy with a 42" craftsman got the bid. He is mowing with that and the school's JD front mount. I keep track every month of the school's bill for lawn care, the highest it has ever been was around $2200 for the entire month. Figure that out!
  6. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 845

    625 sounds insane. In my school district...I think the bid is around 32,000 for maybe 25, 26 cuts, and thats only the middle school and the high school and elem school are right next to eachother.
  7. Turf Dancer

    Turf Dancer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 681

    I put in a bid for a school district that had a district office and 8 schools to do as well as 4 baseball fields, 2 soccer fields, 3 football fields for a total of 96 acres. This district was in 3 towns and would have required 32 weeks of mowing per year as well as 240 miles of travel per week. I bidded it at $56,000 for the year and I was told that I was way too high. They ended up hiring 3 maintenance people to do the mowing, one in each town at $11 per hour 32 hours per week each to do using the districts equipment. From what I found out I was over $15,000 higher than low bid. I can't figure out where some people get their bids ?
  8. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 845

    Must be a hobby for someone in the area.
  9. beransfixitinc

    beransfixitinc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 592

    It's easy, first, put a glove on your favorite hand, right or left, (it's easier cleanup this way) and then bend over forwards..... reach in and pull real hard.
  10. Cobra Jock

    Cobra Jock LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    Butt Numbers! :dizzy:

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