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Price help please

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by OLDVIKINGMAN, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. OLDVIKINGMAN

    OLDVIKINGMAN Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    hi folks, I'm a newbie to the site. I'm an old hand behind the wheel plowing but have never really bid to plow a roadway. It's 2.5 miles long, paved, no curbs or sidewalks(nice), has one main road with 2 side roads, the side roads are dead ends that don't exactly have cup de sacs or big turn around so,and there's a 20 foot long bridge with a wood plank surface at the entrance to this "community".
    No sanding, salt, or melt.
    It's in the foothills here in Colorado.
    Is $300 for a push for the first 4-6".?
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

    you tell us,
    what does it cost you to operate your truck?
    IE what are your margins.
    who much profit will there be.

    its not what they will pay, it what you need to earn.

    sorry, it know is sounds like i'm a @$$ but only you know the # you need to charge to make it work.

    ps, knowing what to charge is part of being in business.
    as a businessman you need to know your numbers.

    my numbers will differ from yours.
     
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  3. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,686

    As mulch as it pains me...I agree with Snoblower.....:drinkup:
     
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  4. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    How wide is the road, public or private, what equipment do ya have? If it's not pre salted and s lot of people drive on it. It can be s pain to scrape up. Did you tell your insurance company that your doing roads?
     
  5. OLDVIKINGMAN

    OLDVIKINGMAN Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I understand what you're saying Snofarmer, but I was hoping I might get some easy answer, something along the line of per mile times snow depth.
    As far as putting down sand,salt, or mag, it's a private road, they don't want it, and it's Colorado, meaning the sun will be out drying it out in half a day.

    .... And, yes my contractor coverage is complete for drives, lots, and private roadways.
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Salting a road in Colorado?
     
  7. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Hey, I'm in Jersey. It's what they do here. If it's real quiet you can hear the vehicles rust. Now back on topic. How long will it take you to do this? Should be less than an hour. Your in the ballpark.
     
  8. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,285

    I use to have a couple accounts that were very similar to what you describe in Larimer County. Roads were 30'<> wide and took four passes to clear edge to edge. Mine had 4 cul-de-sacs to deal with which wasn't mulch of as hassle.
    I was using $100.00 / mile for 4-8", $160.00 / mile for 8-12" and $255.00 / mile for 12" plus. I was using a 8.5 straight balde with wings, then a 8.2 V with wings. They were was taking aboot 1hr 20m to do at 4-8"

    Rates are very different from county to county, if the roads I was plowing were in Boulder County and close to Boulder you can get 20-30% more depending on the homes in the community.

    The resistance for an easy answer is due to guys want to understand / learn what you're doing and to make sure you have proper G/L coverage. In Sno's case he goes the extra mile, some times to be difficult but for good reason.

    You'll find folks back east put down a lot of salt, seems like aboot 3-4X of what's used in Colorado.

    BTW.... Welcome it's good to see another greenie here.
    You can learn a lot here, some you need to filter through the banter / BS but at the end of the day you'll figure oot who's advice is worthy of taking.
     
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    And most of the BS\banter is from a guy who's name starts with "B". Same goes for advice.
     
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  10. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,285

    Says the man-child that get's regular reminders not to derail every thread.....
     
  11. OLDVIKINGMAN

    OLDVIKINGMAN Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks Buff.
    I figured I'd get grief from some folks, whatever.
     
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Ewe two, eh?
     
  13. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,686

    OK fellas let's keep this on topic and keep the banter to a minimum....


    It seems 8 pint Buffs answer seems to work best since he lives out there and knows the Market...To the OP...Buffy has been known to mentor people out there...You might wanna give him a shout and buy him dinner...Warning the guy is the second coming of Bigfoot so bring your wallet....:drinkup:
     
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  14. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,285

    Not fur awyle..... been "good" you should treye it.....
     
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  15. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

    Fixed it for Ya,
    And on a side note,
    Man, have you ever thought of selling kirbey's?
     
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  16. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    Man I love this site. Personally I wouldn't be on here as much if we didn't have the banter. :drinkup:
     
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  17. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,229

    Banter is all in the way you take it, I have no reason to believe that any member would intentionally hurt you. You are in Buzzalos area. Take his advice serious and read through the banter,
     
  18. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    You may increase his ego with statements like this.
     
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  19. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,285

    No worries aboot that happening, I'm pretty humble unlike some......