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How Long Would This Job Take You?

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

  1. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Heres a picture of this job. How long do you think it would take to do with a 3/4 Ton truck with boss V plow?

    How would u bid it for salting and plowing? Thanks for your help guys!!

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  2. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    30 minutes. As for what to charge, there is a simple formula:

    Expenses+ the highest profit you could possibly get for this job, without being so high that you wont be able to get the job = what to charge.

    It really is that simple, not trying to be a smart arse.
  3. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    20 minutes. $50 to plow. $50 to salt.
  4. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    whoa.. lol I already gave them a quote... just wanted to see what others would think.

    Ipushsnow: I've been in business long enough to understand there are expenses... im not a 15 yr old kid..

    I quoted $85 per visit - $100 for salting
  5. pwill50

    pwill50 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Would probably say 35 to 45 minutes $90 and $120 for salt just depends on your operator.
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    30 minutes first time, probably 20 after you learn it.
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    are you ******* serious? we have driveways that we plow for $50 that take 3 minutes. $100 absolute minimum on commercial with walks, same for salting. i know the economy sucks, but half of you guys are just adding to the industry problems here. stick to your guns!
  8. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    How much is on the ground ?

    6" , 12" , 22".
  9. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Wow, you are totally awesome!

    Here in Michigan, everyone has a truck with a plow on it. $100 for 20 minutes worth of work is nothing to scoff at. I'd probably actually be lucky to get it at that price.
  10. dchr

    dchr Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    Thats Fairfield county for ya :)
  11. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    I'm one county over from dchr. i' got several lots that size. Getting
    between 130 - 175 for .5- 3" . 120 to sand. Cost of living here is
  12. Nelsen

    Nelsen Member
    Messages: 69

    In Cleveland....

    Agreed with most of these guys. I doubt I'd bid less than $100 for that to push. I'd say it would take 20-40 minutes depending on the job you intend on doing and if you have a good system down already.

    Salt is where I usually draw the line on pricing though. I basically only charge for my time and my actual cost of salt. I can't imagine I'd bid more than $60 total to salt that.

    As far as inches for the one guy....6, 12? Lol. Whatever happened to the two-inch trigger?
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2009
  13. jlouki01

    jlouki01 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    I would normally have done that for 85 / 80-100 on salt. This year I have adjusted to account for a little drive time.
  14. ScnicExcellence

    ScnicExcellence Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I would be at min 120 per push
  15. AIMscapes

    AIMscapes Member
    Messages: 38

    I doubt that lot is realistically doable in 30 minutes or less. If you pushed 1-2" you would be close to that, but at 4-6" you would be there closer to an hour. As far as salt pricing, that lot will use probably 300-400 pounds of salt to do it right. If you use 50 lb. bags at $5 each, you are looking at $30- $45 for salt alone. It would be less than half that if you use bulk salt. I think you should charge $110 for the lot up to 4" and add a few bucks for larger snowfalls. Salting will take you less than 10 minutes, so you should charge $75 for that. Good luck.
  16. ScottPA

    ScottPA Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 170

    I wouldnt even look at that place for 50$. And 50 to salt it? Nothing like spreading salt for less than cost or free. Might make a whopping 20$ after all expenses are paid. WOOOOOOOOOOOOH!!!
  17. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    $100 or so to plow.
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Time required will depend on amount and type of snow, and how big your plow is, wings, etc.

    Looks like a $100 lot to me. Less per push, more per storm.
  19. plowzilla

    plowzilla Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    I have to jump on this band wagon!! At some of my accounts, I get $50 to show up before I salt, then I add $$$$ to every 100lbs I spread. Don't sell yourself cheap, All of our equipment takes a beating. One year you make a nice profit, and the next your spending most of it on repairs.