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need help estimating

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by SnowPro 24/7, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. SnowPro 24/7

    SnowPro 24/7 Junior Member
    Messages: 19


    I am currently bidding a new account and need some help with estimating job .
    for the past 5 years ive been doing residetial accounts and a few gas stations but never had to salt them .know im moving up to a bigger account that is 30,000 sqr feet i have a good idea of how much per pass to plow but am not sure on the amount of salt it will take or what to charge .where i am its $ 160.00
    per ton for salt so i dont want to mess up and end up eating the cost.can any one :help:
  2. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    You should read that one thread where hey convert tons to ounces and then to drams and then back to tons :dizzy:
  3. SnowPro 24/7

    SnowPro 24/7 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    i did read the thread ur implying but im not sure how many pounds or ounces it will take to cover 30000 sqft .any idea
  4. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Depends how much you put down, if your salting 1 3/4" then your going to need more salt because it (the salt) can't bounce ofthe pavement so if it's bare pavement you'll need less because the salt will bounce off the pavement and will go futher and you don't have to melt as much.
  5. SnowPro 24/7

    SnowPro 24/7 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    okay so say i have 1 ton of salt in worst case scenaryo how many pounds of salt do u think it would take
  6. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    20 lbs per 100 sf. your lot would take 600 lbs per application. you should price it per application not per event.
  7. SnowPro 24/7

    SnowPro 24/7 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    wat do u think i should charge ??? per pass
  8. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

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  9. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Most people either double or triple the cost of the salt. That being said, every application will be different. The amount of snow, the temp, the time of day, clouds, sun and so forth. A good range will be 500 to 600 pounds per application. So if you are at 160 a ton buying the salt, and you used the 500 pound number then your cost on the salt will be 40 dollars.
  10. slave2lawns

    slave2lawns Member
    Messages: 46

    If I did it right , then it seems like you need 3 tons of salt. And that's me going by 20lbs = 100sq.ft. I mean isn't it just 30000 divided by 100 x's 20 = 6000 which equals to 3 tons. I hoped that helped.