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Need Help Bidding First Commercial Lot

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Harford13, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Harford13

    Harford13 Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I've subbed for others, and done residential plowing on my own for two years and I've been asked to submit a bid for the lot in the picture. I will have on truck w/spreader and one blower (two guys) dedicated to this lot. Can you guys help me with time and avg salt per application. All of my residentials are priced by push, I think my best bet is to do this one hourly plus salt and shoveling/blowing. Any Help (positive) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Pass on it grasshopper.
     
  3. Harford13

    Harford13 Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    And in case I forgot to ask, positive help only please, no I will not pass on it I don't need to hear the million reasons why people think I should pass on it, I have heavy equipment etc... I can take to the site if need be, I can see where your going.

    Positive help please
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Sorry,maybe you should of said you have other equipment ,not a truck and snowblower.
     
  5. Harford13

    Harford13 Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I have access to a wheel loader, skid steer and another truck if needed. One truck and one extra man dedicated to that site should be sufficient
     
  6. wideout

    wideout Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 727

    Can you get a bigger pic and show where you pile the snow so we can see how far you have to move it that will help with a time figure
     
  7. Laszlo Almasi

    Laszlo Almasi Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    You are going to be busy for quite a while with only one truck and your ground crew. Are they open to your input with regards to where to put the piles? I see 4-6 spots that you can put it.
     
  8. Harford13

    Harford13 Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Here is a bigger photo

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  9. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    If you have plowed commercial for someone else you should have some sort of a idea on how much time you think it should get done in? what’s the sqft of it, are you having to sand or salt it? Are you doing the sdwks? I'm thinking with all the islands and the areas you are allowed to pile it in. my thoughts are 3- 4 hrs two trucks, that’s pushing past the curb not leaving trail offs or crumbs. and not plowing like a mad man. What time do they want it done by? what’s the trigger? how fast can you get those other resources to that lot on a bigger storm? on a continuing snow storm you will need more than one truck there to keep up to get it push off in a timely manor.
     
  10. wideout

    wideout Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 727

    That lot is just over 2.5 acres just parking then add in the drives. I would say that would take you 5-6 hours with a truck alone there is a ton of curbs. If you could have a loader there for the entire storm ith a pusher you could cut your time drastically but if not then i would say pass on it! Not trying to be negative or a dick but grow your business and bid on it in the future i know it would be a money maker for you but if you take it on and cant do it to there requirements and they go with someone else you will play hell trying to get it back since people rarely remember the good jobs but never forget the bad ones!

    Like i say not trying to be a dick but it may be best to pass on it for now!
     
  11. wideout

    wideout Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 727

    Sorry just read back through again and seen you have acsess to a skid too. With a truck loader and a skid if your sure you can have them all there on time and they wont be tied up then you should be fine but there is no way you can do that in a timely manor with just a truck
     
  12. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    I agree a truck and skid with a box you are fine I would guess 3 hours with both
    Just a truck I'd doable but all your eggs are in one basket it might take 7 hours whonwould wait longer than that to be plowed