Your opinion of my bid

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lalorslawncare, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. BCofDayton

    BCofDayton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I don't think I can warm my truck up for $11, much less mow an acre for that BLAH
  2. santafe

    santafe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    I don't get it guys. If I have a mower that will mow 6 acres an hour and i am getting $10/acre, that is $60.00/hour. That is not enough?:confused:
  3. santafe

    santafe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    lets figure this together, if the mower is costing you $5/hr, fuel $3/hr, labor $15.00/hr, $2/hr for repair, $2/hr misc . I see a profit. what am I missing?
  4. BCofDayton

    BCofDayton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I get more than $60/hr, to each his own I suppose
  5. hitechlm

    hitechlm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    i have a hard time believing your mower can mow 6 acres and hr, maybe with perfect conditions like a wide open field. We run 3 60" ztr's and i know even running them full speed that we're not mowing 6 acres an hr maybe 2.5-3.
  6. lalorslawncare

    lalorslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    exactly hitechlm I had mine figured at 2.5 acre an hour If you have a machine that can cut quaility at 6 acres an hour you are talking a 12ft batwing diesel. at a cost of 25k even with those figures above youre going to put it out there to make 25 an hour. might as well flip burgers for that.
  7. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 995

    your either

    a) just starting out and talking out of your a$$
    b) joking and i appreciate humor
    c) really stupid

    so which is it
  8. lalorslawncare

    lalorslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Just got results from bid opening.
    1. company previously mowing bid 950
    2. myself and one other co. bid exactly the same at 700
    3 friend of mine with lco bid 585 then calls to tell me that he goofed and underestimated area by 4 acres.
    4. lady up the street with 12 year old skag and no other equip bid 375
    5. last some smuck somewhere bid 280 14 bucks an acre wth

    Bids are going to be reviewed and winner announced in two weeks. they said they will be going somewhere middle of the road.
  9. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    You obviously don't understand business.

    What if your mower can only cut 2 acres an hour? Are you still going to price it at $10 an acre? Why not bid it so you make money? If you came in with a large mower that can cut grass at a rate of 10 acres an hour, is you price going to drop even more? Remember, the price of the larger equipment costs you more even though you can cut the grass faster. So why charge less. To me, that means I can make more money.
  10. lalorslawncare

    lalorslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Lets look at it in anouther way. Say your in the pizza business and you sell a pizza for an average of 15 bucks a pie. you have an oven that can make 4 pizzas per cycle. thats 60 bucks a cycle. Now you install an oven that canmake 10 pizzas a cycle thats 150 bucks. would you lower the price of your pizzas to 6 bucks. No and why is that youve just invested huge dollars to upgrade your business. the product is the same. you might adjust your pricing slightly to get a business edge and take advatage of the volume that you can now handle but the product is the same.
    In the lawn business why spend huge dollars on massive machinery just to do it for the same per hour cost as smaller equip. Makes no sense the bigger the equip the better the return on investment should be not the opposite.

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