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Salting Bid

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by btravis7, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. btravis7

    btravis7 Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 4

    Hello Everyone:waving:
    A commercial lot that I have been plowing for several years wants me to bid salting for them. They are supplying the salt. I plan on buying a v salter. What would be a good bid per hour for salting? thanks
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Why dog it by the hr,bid it per ton or appl.
     
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Hourly, for salting?!?!

    How big is this lot?
     
  4. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Figure out how long it will take to do the lot, and multiply that times what you need to break even and fuel, insurance, cost of equipment, labor, and add your profit. That will be your lucky number.
     
  5. btravis7

    btravis7 Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 4

    The lot is similar to a Lowes or Home Depot. They supply the salt (which I assume its in bags because they probably get it at a discount). And they asked me for a bid by the hour. So I just have to figure my fuel, wear on tear on my truck and spreader, my time spreading and insurance.
     
  6. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 640

    $100 per hour.....

    And you aren't really putting bagged salt in a v box are you?
     
  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 640

    And hourly I have a two hour minimum.......
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    So what is the cost of wear and tear for an hr?
     
  9. btravis7

    btravis7 Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 4

    It might not be bagged salt but I've never heard of a lowes or home depot having bulk salt so that's why im assuming its bagged. As far as wear and tear, salting this lot shouldn't take more than an hour. So maybe a 1/4 of fuel at the most.
     
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    1/4 gallon of gas I hope. And don't use their figure for salt cost,figure your salt cost plus time.
     
  11. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    If that's the case buy a tailgate spreader like a Snowex 575 and use that... Cheaper up front investment plus it will take you longer. Which is good because you're paid by the hour!
     
  12. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 640

    Lowe's and home depot don't supply their contractors with salt..........
     
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    sub of a sub
     
  14. btravis7

    btravis7 Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 4

    Its a Menards. And their not the only lot I would be salting. They are just the only place supplying salt.
     
  15. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    This makes sense now..... Menards has the worst looking parking lots around.

    They don't know who is in charge, what they want or when they want it! All they know is it has to be cheap, low bid gets it!

    This is the way it is at the couple around here, both summer and winter maintenance.
     
  16. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    What he said x2
     
  17. NortheastSNO

    NortheastSNO Member
    Messages: 50

    I have never heard of this,

    1) Bagged salt through a v box is going to be time to load, i did this one year and holy crap i found muscles that i didnt know i had.
    2) lowes lots on average use 2.5 tons that is a whole lot of bags
    3) If they are telling that they buying salt how are you going to get it during the middle if the night salt run
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2013