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Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by rednecker, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. rednecker

    rednecker Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I'm in Atlanta, Ga where it almost never snows & NOBODY does snow removal. I've been contacted by US Maint. to bid on Walmart. I've been advised to run from USM -but with no construction down here, I need any work we can get, &:help: should be able to get a good price since there's no competition. They pay per event, which may be 1 or 2 events (if any). I'll be doing most of the clearing with a rubber track skid steer, but am clueless how to price. Does anyone know about how long it should take to clear a 9 acre parking lot with a skid steer at about 5mph?
  2. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    you can't convince them to take a seasonal, or at least a retention fee?
  3. snobama

    snobama Member
    Messages: 35

    how would you apply salt for lot? More than likely you will be responsible for any and all liability... something to consider...
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    freaking forever.
    it takes about (more or less) 1 hour to clear one acre with a truck and blade.

    a bucket is WAY slower than a push box or a blade, although a SS can be comparable to a truck depending on how the lot sets up.

    The problem isn't that it doesn't snow, the problem is that you have to invest a lot of capital to buy equipment that may or may not get used.
    Plus of course, you have to get snow liability insurance.

    and it may never snow
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    More hassles then what it is worth.
    I would pass
  6. cf1128

    cf1128 Member
    from NH
    Messages: 77

    I don't think its a waste of time, with all do respect, the big box stores ***** us out in the snow belt areas because there are a ton of people that have equipment and because we let them... Someone says yes to .11 a square foot?, if they can't find anyone, they will pay hourly, Emergency or back up teams do not ***** themselves out and get called when contract bid winners get in over their heads. That is usually around $75 hr for a 1 ton and $125hr for a loader and around 85 to 95 an hour for a larger dump and plow.
    To me, head north this summer, buy some equipment cheap from a low baller that goes out of business and sign up with them as an hourly if they can't find anyone.
    Just my .02