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Prices for Spreading 5 tons salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by bskiball, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. bskiball

    bskiball Member
    Messages: 64

    I'm bidding on some larger lots this year and I'm not sure how to price large salt jobs. I know what I can get for small lots (2-3 acres). I figure I will need aboout 5 tons per application for one 20 acre lot (Does that sound right?). Any advice would be great. Thanks
     
  2. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,873

    All your bidding should be based on the same formula whether it be large or small. 20lbs per K is 20lbs per K, that never changes.

    With that being said a 20acre lot would be 20 x 43.5K = 870K so 20lbs x 870 = 17400lbs

    Your numbers could vary with application rate, you might spread 18perK or 24perK I don't know thats up to you.
     
  3. fourthcoastcont

    fourthcoastcont Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    What do you mean by K? thanks Torrey
     
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    per thousand

    5 tons ought to be worth a keg or so. Couple barrels of rum as well.

    Never thought of salting for beer money, great idea.
     
  5. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,873

    Yes Mark is right. K means 1000 same as M just for you fert guys and G for the drug dealers on the forum.
     
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    The mafia must have updated "Large" to thousand by now.
     
  7. bskiball

    bskiball Member
    Messages: 64

    Thanks. Bid is in. We'll See what happens.
     
  8. lawnprolawns

    lawnprolawns Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    i hope you did not bid 5 tons for a 20 acre lot.. or else you will get the contract, and the lot will be icy...
     
  9. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I would put 10 tons on 20 acres. Remember your liable would someone falls.
     
  10. lawnprolawns

    lawnprolawns Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    Me too. I bid stuff @ 1000/acre, might take more or less, but that's a fair number.
     
  11. brookline

    brookline Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    per thousand what? Is it per thousand sqft.?
     
  12. brookline

    brookline Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    nevermind I just googled it.
     
  13. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,873

    ...and what did it say?
     
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    It didn't say anything he had to read it. ;) Is this 20 acres a retail site? Is the whole 20 acres used for parking daily? This makes a big difference on the amount of salt used.
     
  15. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Looks like a few newbies bidding and salting BIG accounts this year and have NO idea on what to do....
     
  16. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    somewhere around $2K:drinkup:
     
  17. brookline

    brookline Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Per thousand square feet was my conclusion because an acre is 43560sqft. So my breakdown of what I charge (residential driveways only right now) with 50# bags 0 $5.99 each is approx. $.30/lb. Does that sound about right?
     
  18. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    How do you get $.30/lb @ $6 per bag?
     
  19. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    X2:.....:dizzy:
     
  20. brookline

    brookline Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    That is what I have been charging. I figured the $.30/lb from the formula I learned about in this thread and was able to figure to the LB what I have been charging my customers (residential) and wanted to see if that was inline with evryone else