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large commercial bid advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by stonemason, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. stonemason

    stonemason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Putting a bid in on complex, biweekly mowing (12 cuts) consisting of 300 detached houses and townhomes scattered over 5 sq miles. these 300 are part of a 1700 unit complex. different square footage but averaged out to 1600 sq ft (of turf, front and back, about 5 min trim per unit). Second part is common areas (alot of long narrow islands) of about 120 acres scattered over about 7 sq mi. I need to get this all cut and trimmed in 6 days. Crew size (could add more in a pinch but don't really want to) is 4. One foreman and 3 labor. I can be on site 2 days out of the 6 with a 60" z to get some of the bigger areas. Crew will be running (tenatively) a 60" z and 3 quick 36, one 22" trim mower.
  2. stonemason

    stonemason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    ...need your opinion as to whether the crew can get it done in the 6 days..

    thanks for your help
  3. stonemason

    stonemason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    any opinions?
  4. K&L Ent.

    K&L Ent. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I think you may be cutting that on a little close with only 4 people, do what you think is right but be able to get extra people/mowers if time gets tight, my opinion it probobly could be done with a crew of 4, but i would myself go with 1 extra mower and maybe 2 extra people, it's a tough call without being able to look at it firsthand
  5. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    Two red flags gets my attention real quick on this one.

    #1 - bi weekly mowing can eat u alive. Definately put in a claus that you will only cut 1/3 of the blade (most all mower manufacters recomendations) to produce suitable asthetics. Just to keep them from expecting u to cut 8" down to 2" and make it look good too.
    #2 - The rainy weather will always screw your schedule up

    I hope u will be making killer $$ for this one, sounds like it may be a pita
  6. stonemason

    stonemason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    per cut will be around $10k. do you think thats good?

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