The big job I talked about

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by McClain, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. McClain

    McClain LawnSite Member
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    OK heres the deal: I was wrong and I admit it. How many of you would take a 43 acer job, w/12 islands and the rest spread out over 102 acres w/alot of trim and not having the equipment to do it and having to go buy 2 72" mowers with additional insurance? Should I do it? Yes it is my first bid for over 25k a yr but how else would i get started?
     
  2. Duck Dodger

    Duck Dodger LawnSite Senior Member
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    You say over 25k a year not knowing how much trimming involved I would have to start at 41k rock bottom price. If you are bidding like that no you shouldn't do it you will lose your shirt.
     
  3. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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    some people are rabbits and some are turtles.. you know what i mean... im more slow and cautious....looking at what the 25 grand will be after expenses.... its not much profit to have, to have had to buy two new 72in z's........i like to build as i go along slowly... gaining exerience and knowledge...

    some folks are just different... they go full bore and all..... in the long run they may come out ahead.......im just a little less of a gampler....

    you may have tons of experience compared to me and be ready for a job like that... i know i am not, and try an realise my limits for now....

    i hope it all goes good for you...:)
     
  4. 4x4Jim

    4x4Jim LawnSite Member
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    I wouldn't touch it for any less then $50k.
     
  5. McClain

    McClain LawnSite Member
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    SORRY I met take it for 50k that is what he said I could get the job for...I just met that this was my 1st big job like this............
     
  6. heather lawn sp

    heather lawn sp LawnSite Senior Member
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    We can do 25 acres a day with 72" & 54" ZTR's, add a third person and a spare trimmer if there is more than 4 hours trimming. this was in one small town with 5 schools around the town. trailered, 10 to 15 minutes hop each and then back out of town, half hour to base each way. the question should be What are you going to do with those big Z's the other 3 and a half days a week? OR one big Z and a push mower/ trimmer operator. Take 3 days per week and use the other equipment the rest of the week

    Could the 45k actually include the cleaning. we do inside and outside work and the cleaning portion can really mount up quickly
     
  7. McClain

    McClain LawnSite Member
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    i have other big acounts just not this big so I never upgraded to bigger equip.
    no I dont think the cleaning is included because this place is the size of well the grass area is 43 acres out of 102 acres.
     
  8. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would definitely be interested, but would only take it after careful consideration of expectations, time and expenses vs. revenue and capability. I'd try not to put all my eggs in one basket. If I bought a 72" or two 72s, then I would want to try to line up some other work for them just in case this fell out for any unforseen reasons.
     
  9. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've been out of the loop for a while sold my biz bout 2.5 years ago so i'm not 100% what has happened to prices in that time. But I would say if you want it, take it. You don't nessesarily need to buy 2 new 72's right away, I'm sure there are other options to look into than buying 15-20K in mowers for a job you may not get next year. Do you really NEED 2 72" ztrs or do you WANT 2 new ztrs. Perhaps you could use a belly mower, or get a couple of 60" belt drive walk behinds and velkies for half the price of the ztrs. Just a thought.
     
  10. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    I got into the big commercial right away, because I had equipment that was powerful enough to handle extra width of mowers I hung on it. (I make my own additions to mowing machines.) IE. first real big job was 20-22 acres with 1 mile of curbs to trim. My wife and I do it on an average in 2hrs. 50min. (Two machines.) We make about $165 per hr. tack time, and that includes the trimming, (You must realize I have a different set-up than the normal LCO) My mowers trim curbs.

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