school bids

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mountain, Mar 13, 2002.

  1. mountain

    mountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    How do some companies do it? We just lost a 100 acre school complex , about 70 acres of grass. The low bid was $550 per cut , if anybody knows how to cut , trim and blow off walks on 70 acres of grass for $550 please let me in on the secret.

    :angry:

    pheww , I feel better now
     
  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    how much walkway is there? if the 70 acres is open it can be done easily with a tractor and batwing mower, if large amount of sidewalks put a blower on a ztr or push blower.
     
  3. mountain

    mountain LawnSite Member
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    That's all well and good, but you didn't mention anything about the trimming! Plus I know for a fact that they don't have that type of equipment.
     
  4. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    get one of those trimmers u see in the lawn magazines that mount on ur ztr. what equip do they have
     
  5. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
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    there are no short cuts to quality services .... only cheap PM's .......trimming n edging is best performed by human touch ....70 Acres is a lot of grass even with a ztr .... n gang reels are $$$ .... unless you do sport fields n roadways

    $550 a cut .....my god I'd loose that much every visit maintaing that job at that rate ....but they'll come back .... when the job gets half %$# ......

    I know the feeling I just lost a 3k monthly last month (new PM last summer .... she's going to hit the budget!) ....too god knows who ....as it still hasn't been cut in 3 weeks ...happen before n then the call back ....we raise the rate ...n go on with it
     
  6. rwleigh

    rwleigh Banned
    Posts: 107

    I do not understand what is going on but in my area the parks dept. bid went for $9.50 per acre! and there is 900 acres. I have not heard on the school board bids yet, But the parks bid was just ignorant!
     
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    $550 for 70 acres ($7.86 per acre) is frigggin' ridiculous..even if there was no trimming or blowing off of the walks. Something tells me "there's a termite in the wood pile".
     
  8. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    $8 per acre may be cheap but when ur dealing with large properties like that isnt it normal? im not familier with this but thats what i heard.
     
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm sorry, but $8 an acre is nuts...let 'em have it and go broke trying to do it. Amen.
     
  10. AGG Lawn Maintenance

    AGG Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from Elberon
    Posts: 422

    Wow!!!!!!! They must do a mow and go type of job. They edge and trim it?(yea right) Thats what sucks about the landscaping business all the cut throat stuff. $7-10 an acre???? I understand that you may only drop the gate once in the day but man!!!!!!:blob2:
     

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