Weird Story

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tony and I had both been called to bid on adding two zones to an existing system. Turned out that I had referred the guy to Tony 2-3 weeks earlier because the guy said he needed an install. When he called me the second time, 2-3 weeks later, I didn't recognize the name and he said he needed 2 zones added.

    So anyway, in talking to Tony on Friday, he mentioned he was going to bid this 2 zone add on in Monument. I asked who, and he gave the guys name. I had just scheduled the guy 2 minutes earlier, and Tony had done the same 2 minutes prior. So Tony bailed out :laugh: because it's not an area he normally goes to, but I had referred him to it so he thought he'd check it out.

    Well I looked at it yesterday and told him it would roughly be $1000, two zones of 1804s, about 6-7 heads each. The guy made the noise we all hear when they are shocked at the price. I told him if he's looking for best price, I won't be the guy to do it. Told him how experienced all my guys are, rental of machine, blah, blah, blah. He said he got 2 other bids already. $550 and $750.

    $550!!!!! I don't know how anyone can make money at that. No wonder I don't like doing installs.
     
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Glad he did'nt call us!:dizzy:
     
  3. PROFESSORRAIN

    PROFESSORRAIN LawnSite Member
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    It is unbelieveable that people can do this for that amount,he'll probably go w/ the 550 bid thinking has done something.He gets what he pays for.
     
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    The sick part, is one of us will be called back when it fails (out of the box), &
    get to tell him, "rip it out, it can't be fixed!".:cry:
     
  5. PROFESSORRAIN

    PROFESSORRAIN LawnSite Member
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    2nd price would always be higher due to R&R
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    We call them "surveys". :rolleyes: And charge for them!:D
     
  7. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So, how many Orbit rotary heads will the $550 guy add? How many, "undocumented", hand trenchers will he be using?


    Send the guy your biz card with a note asking when you should go and fix what doesn't work right.
     
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    he did mention to me that he's not sure what kind of quality he's going to get. But I guess he's willing to risk it for half of what I would have charged. My two guys could have got it installed in half a day or less. Biggest issue is rental yard with a puller is 40 minutes away. And for making 2 pulls that kind of sucks. Two hours of driving to and from, and time at the yard unhooking and paying. I'll gladly over charge him when it doesn't work right. :clapping:
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    So basically $550 for the job, $450 for puller rental. I bet you could get Rotor to trench for you in half the time it would take to pick up and return that puller.
     
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, rental would be about $80-$100. Maybe $125
     

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