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Costing a salt job

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by lesedwards, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. lesedwards

    lesedwards Member
    Messages: 85

    I am new at the salting so I am going to make these numbers easy to work with and just use an example then I can figure it out from there.
    Parking Lot done with tailgate Spreader
    200' x 200'
    1. How much salt will I use?
    2. How much do you put on per 100 sq.ft.
    3. How long should it take?
    4. What would you charge?
    5. What do you charge for that freeze to come back and do a small area?

    Sidewalk
    100' x 3' done with walk behind spreader
    1. How much salt will I use?
    2. How much do you put on per 100 sq.ft.
    3. How long should it take?
    4. What would you charge?
    5. What do you charge for that freeze to come back and do a small area?
     
  2. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    1 depends on how much snow and ice(apx 1 ton)
    2 same as 1
    3 about 2-3 minutes to spread
    4 depends on your overhead ($200-600 ton)
    5 depends on how far you have to drive to get back there and also on your overhead
    walk
    1 depends on the snow and ice (apx 50 lbs)
    2 same as 1
    3 about 30 seconds to spread
    4 depends on your overhead($20-50)
    5 same as 4
     
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    If you're only using a tailgate sprdr maybe by the bag????
     
  4. lesedwards

    lesedwards Member
    Messages: 85

    By the Bag

    Yes that is what I was thinking I guess all I really need to know is how many sq.ft will a 22lb bag of salt do? and a price of how much a sq.ft would you charge?
     
  5. Gettindirty

    Gettindirty Member
    Messages: 38

     
  6. Gettindirty

    Gettindirty Member
    Messages: 38

     
  7. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    I have was charging $10-12 per 50# bag up until 3-4 years ago, since then average price is $15-16 per 50# bag installed includes labor and equipment. For larger jobs that require bulk I typically adjust my prices depending on how much I use, and how often they want it. Obviously if I salt alot I may adjust the price down a little to pass a break. Also, since the recent salt crunch the past 2 years, I have advised all my customers that prices may vary after Jan 1, according to supply demand that affects me. The best way for you to figue out how much to charge and how much is needed is to play with it. You will know if you put too much or too little down. Your being fair by telling your customer that you will only charge what is used. Biggerst peice of advise is don't bid too low, because you never know what you'll end up paying for salt if you run out now days, and if you bid your committed to that price. Good luck
     
  8. WINTER 3

    WINTER 3 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 80

    What happens when you decide to go bulk? Get enough accounts, playing with bags will get old. If you go by the application using Jay's info you will be covered for the future.