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Newbie and unsure of price

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Fantastic, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. Fantastic

    Fantastic Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    So I've been plowing this year (very minimally) and take on some private jobs here and there. I've got one that called and it's a very long straight gravel lane way(over 1000ft) He had a backhoe do it last time for $100 so I'm trying to figure out where I should be... Ive got a 7.5ft Meyer on a GMC 2500HD. I was thinking $60-80??? Thanks for your input!! Here's the place

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    Here's without the line on it
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    Last edited: Jan 27, 2014
  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    How much area around the house is there to clear? How long does it take you? I would set my price based on how long it takes me, and if that's too high for him I'd move on. 100.00 for a backhoe to do that sounds crazy to me. It had to be there for several hours, and only charged 100.00? Either the homeowner's B.S.'ing you about what he paid the backhoe operator, or the operator was a friend/neighbor of his, because that price for that kind of time spent there just sounds ridiculous to me.
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Well if he was paying a 100.00 make it 150.00
     
  4. Fantastic

    Fantastic Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    I think the back hoe was a neighbour... I've never plowed it so not sure of how long it would take... I am very close (3mins away) which is great as it's not a pain to drive to. As for around the house he's more interested in the lane as it gets drifted in. He got stuck yesterday and based on the weather pattern every week he'll be needing a plow out.

    I guess I could take a run at it and if it's an easy push, it could work out but if it's a pain, I'll give him someone else's number. LOL
     
  5. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    Huh? How do you figure several hours? Unless it was 10 feet deep?
     
  6. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Well I say 100 for 3-4'' and go up from there
    Long lanes can be pain in a blizzard since there a line trees and not open that lane will drift bad

    How does it lay north and south or east and west

    Do it by the inches not by the visit If it drifts your little 7.5' plow wont like it
     
  7. Fantastic

    Fantastic Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    The lane runs north south so I'm sure it's a drifting beast... My driveway runs north south and looked like this on the day he said a backhoe did his lane...

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    And today mine looked like this
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    It's light a fluffy but there's been lots of it.
     
  8. Fantastic

    Fantastic Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    He never asked me to come do it after all... Thanks for the input guys!
     
  9. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    Because he said a backhoe, not a backhoe with a blade on it. If you had to use a bucket on that it would take forever. Why, do you beg do differ?
     
  10. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    Yes. Even without a blade there is no way it would take a backhoe several hours to do that.