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Salting Application Rates

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Troybaseball21, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Troybaseball21

    Troybaseball21 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 89

    Just wondering how the best way to price salt applications are. I use bagged salt and get it for about $4.50 a bag. How much do I mark it up and how much should I charge just to lay it down. I think the most I've every used on a lot was 10bags, and that was a big lot. Bags are 40 or 50lb bags. Any input would help.
     
  2. Troybaseball21

    Troybaseball21 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 89

    Just FYI I figured $15 a bag and that included the spreading of it. That is what I have previously been charging.
     
  3. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    3 times the cost sounds good to me. I mark up my landscape materials 30%. I don't do salt, but if I did it would be by my labor rate x how long it takes to spread a bag. That would give me a base cost to charge per bag.

    Lets say it takes 6 min to spread a bag and my labor rate is $100. That would be $10/bag labor + $4.75 x 30%=$5.85 or $15.85 per bag applied.

    Someone got a more accurate time to spread 1 each, 50 pound bag of salt????
     
  4. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I can spread 300 pounds in about 10 minutes, this includes the time to fill the hopper. If I had a larger hopper, I am sure the time line would be about the same ratio. 5 minutes to put 6 bags in, and 5 minutes to spread it.
     
  5. Troybaseball21

    Troybaseball21 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 89

    Thats about the same amount of time it takes me to spread 6 bags or so. My hopper will only hold a max of 300lbs. It's not a very big one, but it gets the job done...
     
  6. bridge577

    bridge577 Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 30

    Aroound here what ever you charge to plow the lot is what you cahrge to salt the lot. But that is with bulk salt.
     
  7. KustomKare

    KustomKare Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    My pricing for plowing starts out at $125 a hour and goes up every few inches and i charge $70 per hour to spread salt plus $27-$30 per 100 pounds of salt
     
  8. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Those times are helpful. Thanks
     
  9. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    $40 per 50lbs applied. Remember you are the buying, storing, and transporting,
     
  10. jgoetter1

    jgoetter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    Charge by the pound. $.25 for example.
     
  11. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Yeah, we get 30 cents/lb. around here. $40 for 50# applied? That isn't going to happen around here. That would be like spreading gold. I couldn't IMAGINE going into a half acre parking lot and charging $360 to salt, or a lot approx. 100x100, and charging $160 just for salt.
     
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    That rate would be perfect if you are only spreading ONE BAG:dizzy:
     
  13. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

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    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  14. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    WOW! how many customers put up with those rates???:eek:
    is that salt or calcium?

    I charge $20 per 50lb bag of a calcium mix
     
  15. Turbodiesel

    Turbodiesel Senior Member
    Messages: 428

    i like .65
     
  16. Smith2287

    Smith2287 Member
    Messages: 67

    I charge $15 a bag plus my labor rate to load and spread it. However most of my lots I have a set price for a salting application.
     
  17. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    So do I but then I like alot of things I dont get :D
     
  18. letsgetplowed

    letsgetplowed Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    i just recently picked up an account where i was asked to lay salt out, and would be paid $55 per 50#bag. i would love to find a few more handfuls of those types of clients.
     
  19. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    And how many bags do you spread at this 1 job?
     
  20. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    If the 55 dollar per 50 pound bag deal is a chain store, fill us all in so we can make some of that sweet easy cash as well. I am sure there isn't one person that reads this post that would turn that kind of cash down.