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Help a newb out

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by MMLCC, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. MMLCC

    MMLCC Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    We're a lawn care company in Joliet Illinois that are trying to team up with a construction company in order to do plowing over the winter. From what we have been able to find out from around here, base rate was $65/hr for an 8 foot plow last year. How much will gasoline prices influence this cost since they have gone up about 30-40% from last year? We would like to be competitive without cutting our throats on this.

    The first two clients we want to bid on are down below. These are "you store" places, and IMO are fairly large lots. As far as I can find, there doesn't seem to be a formula that's commonly used for plowing. With the lawn care stuff unless there's something special baout the yard there's a table you go off of based on square footage. If there's a book that includes information like this, we would love to know the title and where to obtain it.

    Equipment wise we are looking at either a bobcat or a 7.5 foot plow as of now along with a fairly new ~5 years old or less GM 4WD pickup. We're also in the market for a used plow so if anyone has a smoking deal on one in Northern Illinois, throw a PM our way.

    Back to the bids, the first photo is our first storage space. The yellow "V" shaped line is about .15 miles long, the middle line is about .1 miles long and the left/to the bottom line is .15 miles long. There is also a 75X100 driveway and 10 feet of sidewalk that is covered. Each of the rows is 30 feet wide, except the top part which is 50 foot. The red spot is where the snow will go.

    The second photo is a good bit more complex in my opinion. The three red lines are gates that they can open for us to remove snow from. The length of the lot is about .15 miles, and once again everything is about 30 feet wide. The little "box" at the bottom center of the picture is about .075 miles in all length wise. This is what really will eat time/fuel IMO. There is about 50 feet of exposed sidewalk that will need to be plowed and salted, as well as a 50X75 parking lot up front.