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Just looking to get a rough idea on what you guys would charge

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by 7_below, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    So I got a call this morning from a landscape nursery that I do tons of business with. They want me to plow for them this winter. They normally use a small New Holland tractor to keep the 2 main entrances open, a few main small lots in front of buildings and up to some propane tanks. Ive done regular commercial parking lots before but not really anything like this. There will be no cars around and i only need to make 2 passes on the road sections. Also, i dont need to clear each entire lot to there full size. Just enough to keep things open.
    The nursery is closed for the season but they still have an office open a few days a week. Check out this map and let me know what you would charge per plow.
    The areas in red indicate plowing and the X's indicate where i can stack snow. Theres a little shoveling in front of the office but nothing major.
    Oh yeah, and its all #1 round wash stone for the whole area. I have gravel driveway accts and theyre a real ***** til they get a base and freeze.

    Plow areas for nursery.jpg
     
  2. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    Ok. So, no one has a rough idea? I thought some of the seasoned vets would chime in. I was thinking around 145$ per plow. 4" trigger. Does that sound like a ballpark figure?
     
  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    So you will charge $145 whether there is 4inches or 14inches to plow? If so, thats cheap.
     
  4. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    I was thinking 4" trigger and be there before it hits no more than 6".
     
  5. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Gotchya. Personally, I would go a bit higher on $.
     
  6. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985




    4" Trigger....Really....:eek:
     
  7. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    What's wrong with that? The place isn't open to the public during the winter. I just need to keep some areas clear for the owners and emergency and propane refills. It might take me an 1Hour and 15 min I think.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  8. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    By the Look of Your Map.....Its a Little more than a few areas...4"-6" of Snow is starting to be quite a Bit of Snow...What if its a Nice Heavy Wet Snow????.....Anyway, I think the Price is a Little Low....But, i don't know what pricing is in your area or your costs,,,,
     
  9. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    I agree. 4-6 is starting to get up there. I was never a fan of pricing by the inch, but maybe I'll have to get creative with this agreement. The pricing around here is very competitive. Or should I say , there's a lot of uninsured lowballers. But don't get me going on that one, that's a whole different thread.
     
  10. Diesel59

    Diesel59 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    That seems awful low.... But then again you’re in a different market than me. Just from the pic it looks like with a 4" storm you could be there for more like 2-2.5 hours in a wet storm. At least I would bid it that way just to have a little cushion

    Better to bid it for more time, than not enough....
     
  11. fast*st

    fast*st Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I'm doing a few driveways, I base my estimates on $400 an hour for the root pass. $33 for each 5 mins. it doesn't take long to knock out most driveways but with expenses and such, that seems reasonable.

    Now I base this per storm, with a storm being less than 24 hours and less than 12 inches. More than a foot or a lingering Nor'easter and it'll get double. Sometimes I'll hit things twice depending on how much snow is falling or if I want to sleep the night versus plowing it.

    I'd guess you have 40 minutes of parking lot cleaning and 20 minutes of roadway if they're wanting the snow pushed out of all the red squares.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2011
  12. Diesel59

    Diesel59 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

     
  13. fast*st

    fast*st Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I have a friend up in New York, near Watertown, 1500 foot long driveway and two small parking areas, he pays $35 and that's a going rate up there, seems crazy cheap!

    10-15 mins for a 18x40? sound like that texas joke, I had a truck like that too :)

    I can't diss the guys doing it with blowers, I'm in t-shirt, jeans, usually barefoot while the boots warm up on the passenger floor, coffee at the ready and I never get out of the cab, a little rock and roll and not faster than 12mph.