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Bid on 50 acre school grounds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by josco, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. josco

    josco LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 18

    This would be the largest job I've ever done. I have always mowed solo. This would be all I would need for the mowing portion of my business. I am currently doing 75% chemical lawn care, 15% plant installations, 10% mowing. I am thinking either hire one guy or use a sub. Bidding this at 40 per acre = $2000.00 per cut. I know this would take at least 3 days with 2 guys mowing. I feel hesitant about taking something this large on. Is anyone currently mowing something this size? Is this too much to even consider? Is it possible with just 2 guys? Is 40 per acre reasonable? Any replies would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    what size cut mowers are you using? and how many?
  3. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Sad to say but if there are other companies bidding, at 40/acre you probably won't get it simply because it's school grounds. From what I've seen, they go cheap, way too cheap.
  4. GMP

    GMP LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    What part of ohio are you in?
  5. GMP

    GMP LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I am from the Medina area and looking for extra work
  6. William Camp

    William Camp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    I just lost a school bid and i bid it at$ 20.00 an archer the winning was $12.50 sorry.
  7. josco

    josco LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 18

    Answering 2 questions, I would be using 2, 60 inch ztr's. Also I am from southwest ohio.
  8. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    you are going to be looking at around 20 an acre to even be close to competitive.
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    This is where bat wings and other super large area mowers come in and make the money. I would have a 52 for the smaller grounds and a tractor with a 16-24' reel mower on it. these bids are just to get it cut not to make it look good. I see our schools here and puke when I pick up my kid. tons of clover and weeds. and these are less than 2 year installs. million dollar landscaping for 2 schools and looks like crap.
  10. green acres lawns

    green acres lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    I just bid on one and lost. its 59 acres and the winning bid was 16.35 per acre by a company that has to drive from 40 miles away. Most of the bids were in the 18 to 22 dollar/acre range. Schools only look for the cheapest bid.

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