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I need a little direction

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Bashby, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. Bashby

    Bashby Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Here's my situation: I've been plowing the past 4 years or so, mostly with my 86 F350 2wd dump truck doing subdivisions, lotsa cul-de-sacs, but no large parking areas. I was subbing for a guy that had the connection for these jobs but we had a "disagreemant" (He thinks its ok to go into your friends house and take things that don't belong to you and I don't). We just billed for hours on the jobs for each event + hrs for salting. I don't know how to bid jobs and approach potential customers, thought about posting in the networking forum but figured I'd start here. Here's the equipment I have:

    86 F350 2wd dump truck w/ tailgate spreader. 8 1/2' meyer plow E60 351w c6 auto trans
    92 F250 4x4 ext cab long bed w/ 7 1/2' meyer
    John deere 855 compact tractor with 5' snowblower on the front.
    18' dovetail trailer 14k lb to haul the john deere

    Any and all advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. G.Landscape

    G.Landscape Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 850

    Well the hard part is done. You take the experience you have plowing and your records of how long certain lots too you and how many times you went out. Assuming you were always on the same lots?? Measure the square meter of lot space and that should give you a starting place. Now you just need to figure an hourly rate.....LOTS of threads on that and what to calculate in.
     
  3. Bashby

    Bashby Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    All I did most of the time was turn in my total time for all the jobs (3-4 subdivisions with 1-8 miles of road each) There were anywhere from 3 to 6 other trucks I was working with which makes it hard to tell how many hours were into it, but I do have an idea, although undocumented. Like I said I have almost no experience in big parking lots and am not sure on how long they would take.
     
  4. G.Landscape

    G.Landscape Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 850

    Search the estimating forum....
     
  5. oneoldsap

    oneoldsap Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    What is a dovetail trailer ? Is it anything like a beavertail ?
     
  6. Bashby

    Bashby Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Never heard the term beavertail trailer but google search tells me they are the same.
     
  7. RepoMan1968

    RepoMan1968 Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    sub for another contractor . alot easier and less overhead .
     
  8. oneoldsap

    oneoldsap Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    Different regions , different terminology !
     
  9. Bashby

    Bashby Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    That sounds like a good idea.
     
  10. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    Bashby: Your 92 F250 can be used for driveways. Since you are "not sure" of yourself, start small with driveways. Let the other equipment sit until you are comfortable with your bidding.

    I tip my hat to you for being an honest guy and not taking items from houses. I hope that theivery does not taint your reputation.