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Salting Neighborhood ...

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Skaggs Lawn Care, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Skaggs Lawn Care

    Skaggs Lawn Care Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    How much would you charge for salting 26 miles of road? How many tons would you base this on?

    How much would you charge for salting intersections only?

    This is for one large development.

    What would you charge for salting 85 driveways and sidewalks?

    I'm curious as to what you would charge. Thanks.
     
  2. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    By the ton!
     
  3. Skaggs Lawn Care

    Skaggs Lawn Care Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    No kidding Ron! So answer the questions ...
     
  4. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    I dont think there is a correct answer to this without seeing it. By the ton is probably going to be the only answer it.
    Or come up with a standard per driveway, figure how much you use for one mile and then multiply by the actual miles.

    To be honest I think if you have to ask how to bid, its over your head, IMO

    Good Luck :salute:
     
  5. Skaggs Lawn Care

    Skaggs Lawn Care Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Hey NBI Lawn, so you have never asked another contractor how he/she prices a job?

    "Over my head", I don't think so ...

    "I dont think there is a correct answer to this without seeing it." There is 26 miles of road ... what is there to see? I obviously know about salting by the ton per the question.

    So no body out there salts roadways in a subdivision, intersections, salts sidewalks or driveways? I find that hard to believe. What ever happened to networking, sharing business ideas, etc.?

    I didn't think my post was that difficult to answer. :confused:
     
  6. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Its not hard

    call me i'll give u the scoop lol
     
  7. procut1

    procut1 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Add up your material costs...Figure in your labor....Add your overhead and profit....and POOF...there is your price
     
  8. Skaggs Lawn Care

    Skaggs Lawn Care Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Now, there's an answer ... Thanks:)
     
  9. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    ive never had to figure salting for something like that. b/c the only roads we do are for the town. they pay us for the truck and our driver. they provide fuel and salt/sand.

    but i would say figure out what salt costs you. mark it up a certian bit. tell them you'll chrage the marked up price for every ton of salt used. also add an extra fee for gas and labor.

    we do that for all our jobs. hope that helps
     
  10. Skaggs Lawn Care

    Skaggs Lawn Care Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Thanks Plowman4life ...
     
  11. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Its like someone calling and saying I have a 8 acre lot to mow/plow. You really need to see it to give an accurate qoute, am I wrong? There are many variables that can come into play.

    If you dont think this is a difficult of a question to answer why did you need to ask?

    Is the 26 miles round trip of one way? I would assume you would need to make muntiple trips up and down the road. How long are the 85 driveways?


    I feel the need to ask how you bid other jobs. I would figure my cost for materials, approx time to do the job, add on a profit % and there it is. Why would this job be any different than any other job? It is just bigger thus more money.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2008
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,887

    What makes it difficult is not being able to see the roadways and sidewalks and drives that you are asking about.

    Are the roads flat? Are there numerous hills? How steep are the hills? What level of service are they requesting? How wide are the roads? 20'? 30'?

    What kind of equipment will you be using? A pickup mounted V-box that has to be reloaded 10 times to salt the entire route? Or a tandem axle that will make it through once?

    As for the drives, are they 20'W x 50'L? Or are they 1/4 mile long and 10' wide? Are they flat? Is there room to push the snow by the house? How much backdragging or use of a back blade is needed?

    Sidewalks: Are they wide enough for equipment? Shovels only? Steps? 4' x 100'? 8' x 10'?

    Your questions are way too wide open to request a specific price.
     
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Some info the town uses appox. 800 pounds per lane mile with this type of truck and spreader.

    10-12-06 snow pixs 474 (Medium).jpg
     
  14. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    Is that salt or sand, big difference there!
     
  15. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    All salt, no mix.
     
  16. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    ya we use nothing but salt around here sand would make a huge mess