bid using their equipment

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bare31, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. bare31

    bare31 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    I was asked to give a bid to on a school complex in my area, but the catch is they want me to use their equipment. I am thinking $50 an hour but not sure. I am tired of underbiding things, and would just assume not get the job than waste my time. Thanks.
  2. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Messages: 1,956

    $50.00/hour sounds about right. You have to calculate the risk involved with using someone else's machinery. You have no idea how it has been maintained or neglected, and considering this is a local government's equipment you best prepare for the worst--bid high.
  3. bigclawn

    bigclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    walk away quickly
  4. dougmartin2003

    dougmartin2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    dont do it
  5. bare31

    bare31 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    thanks guys,but can you tell me why i should run?
  6. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    C'mon, think about it.

    If they want you to run their equipment, do you really think they're going to pay you $50 per hour?

    They're looking for employee wages to be paid, meaning $10-12 per hour.

    Also, if you run their equipment, you run the risk of being blamed for things that break, running behind, whatever.

    Those are the 3 biggest reasons to walk away.

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