Is this guy nuts?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Shelman Yard works, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. Shelman Yard works

    Shelman Yard works LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Tell me if this guy is nuts or should I put the grass down. I went to meet a gentleman for a commercial bid; this place is G.E. in Ohio. We are talking about 15 acres of grass with about 60-tree ring and main entrance that is all cut up and a lot of common areas. As we are talking about what he want he tells us only cut it 15 time this season until the V.P. comes in as sees the grass to high. Ok, there will be more work to come. Then he tells me that they had a company cutting last year at $515.00 a cut. I’m at $50 an acre $1200 a cut. I think this is just crazy. Now this is cut edge and trim letting it fly. Is this guy real? Could be trying his hardest to get the low guy. This placed paid 2700 a push for snow removal.
  2. Turf Dancer

    Turf Dancer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    The way business is here right now I would jump on it for $515 a cut letting it fly.
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    If you check your own math you will find that 1) you are not really that far away from last years price of $515 a cut

    2) Because your math is wrong at $1200.....15 acres at Your Stated price of $50 an acre is $750....NOT $1200. ;)
  4. afftandem

    afftandem LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    15acres x $50 = $750, not $1200
  5. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    I think his price is to low. How many in your crew to get it done and how long do you think it will take? I would put the price between the two and take the chance, its a risk but I agree with you about his price.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    $35 an acre for that type job is quite typical...surprised it isn't $25 per.
  7. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    I wholeheartly agree Rod. I thought the other LCO's $515 was right on the money for that job.
  8. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484


    Maybe on a weekly cut...but not 15 times a would be a jungle.
  9. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    GE headquarters in Cleveland? The guy was not being truthfull with you !
    It was mowed at $500 a mow last yr. and they sure never paid $2,700 a push for just the cleveland headquarters.
  10. Shelman Yard works

    Shelman Yard works LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    My bad, the math is wrong $ 80 an acre. Which is still low I think. It is going to take three guys all of 8 hrs to cut.

    Are you familiar with this property? The snow was also salt and walks.

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