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Power Brooming Parking Lots.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOW ED, May 29, 2000.

  1. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I am wondering if any of you power broom or sweep parking lots as part of a commercial bid or as a one time service?<br>Do you charge by the hour-sq ft or what? I have a Walker that can be equipped with a power broom and I am considering testing the market but I would like to have some info before I get into it. <br>Any help that you may want to give is appreciated. I'm not looking to steal trade secrets or look for professional consulting advise - I'm just curious, Thanks.
  2. mountainviewland

    mountainviewland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    When I bid any job I include time for cleaning lots driveways and along curbs. We charge by the hour. I dont have a power broom although I am curious to what kind of job they would do. Currantly we use push and backpack blowers.<p>----------<br>Steve<br>Mountain View Landscaping
  3. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    *I'm not looking for professional consulting advise* <br>Good.......I used to have to do 3 parking lots for a church I used to do total grounds maintenance for. Also two mid size industrial building parking lots. Depending on where your at should tell you the amount of work you can get. Is there a lot of sand used in the winter months? Thats where the money is. I used to charge an hourly rate to the church (that I started with), and once I did that for 2 seasons, I figured out how long it takes me for x square feet, and started pricing other jobs by that amount. I'm not familiar with the walker sweeper. Does it pick up the debris?? If it doesn't don't forget to allot time for loading the sand/debris and hauling/dumping fee. I used to use a BCS multi-purpose walkbehind with a front broom (it also has sickle bar, mowers, snowblower, tiller attatchments) for smaller jobs, but it got to be a pain to load all the material by hand. For the bigger jobs I would recomend renting a Bobcat with one of their sweepers because it picks up the debris and youcan dump it into a truck, etc. A lot less work! I also used to get a lot of requests from my older, (less patient) customers to clean the 6'-10' of sand in front of their property in the spring time. They didn't want to wait for the street sweeper I guess. There is money in it, but like I said, unless you have a sweeper like on a skidsteer or trctor, it gets to be a hassle. Also...one more tip........if possible wet the area down before you do the jobs. I used to end up having to pay for car washes, etc because of neighbors who got &quot;dusted out&quot;! Hope it helps!<p>----------<br>&quot;guido&quot;<br>David M. Famiglietti<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: guido
  4. Nilsson Associates

    Nilsson Associates LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    Usually priced by the job<br>Spring cleanup of sand<br>Later - ongoing - litter routes for steady income<br>Look into Tennant Sweeper line of trailerable riding equipment<p>A-1
  5. Nilsson Associates

    Nilsson Associates LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    More info:<br>using a Tennant earns from $65 to $100 hrly<br>beats doing the hard way<br>you'll soon have more work than can handle<br>you'll start a sweeping division separate<br>window is 12 weeks on sand unlimited litter<p>A-1
  6. Nilsson Associates

    Nilsson Associates LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    More info ...<br>A-1 is crankin today !!<br>Tennant is the best sweeper choice<br>Get the propane setup so you do inside work<br>Parking garages make good cust base<br>Dont worry about cost, payback happens<p><br>A-1
  7. Nilsson Associates

    Nilsson Associates LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    Still more ?<p>Start a pavement service<br>sweeping,<br>litter route<br>line marking - parking lot stripes<br>pot hole fix<br>seal coating add<br>will require half dozen employees<br>north? 8 mos window, inside when cold<br>south? no window shut down<p>A-1
  8. richard2

    richard2 Banned
    Messages: 101

    Billy Goats work great for hard surface and are priced so one may own one for even under $1000.
  9. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,773

    tennant is not the &quot;best&quot;<br>there are others out there that perform better.<br>one is called a madvac, they are made in montreal qb, canada.
  10. Nilsson Associates

    Nilsson Associates LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    Tennant is the best far as I'm concerned, they have over 80% of American market so must be doing something right. Try em, you'll like em. I don't get paid to endorse<br>products (although I should) but if you can prove to me that your brand is better go ahead ... prove it right here on these boards. <p>Phil Nilsson<br>Nilsson Associates<br>Green Industry Consultants<p><p><br><p><font size="1">Edited by: Nilsson Associates

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