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I'm so tired of Low ballers

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Bporter, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Bporter

    Bporter Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I just bid a job at a school there were five bids in and this how it turned out:

    Salt per ton applied Plow truck Loader skid

    Me 230.00 85 220 150

    2 250 100 ---- 100

    3 235.00 95 200 135

    4 185 85 180 90

    5 128 65 85 85

    Needless to say we had a couple of low ballers we will se what happens they said they may or may not go with the lowest bed that they will go with what is in the best intrest of the District. But that really got me fired up.

    Brian Porter:realmad:
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2008
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    just wondering

    is the lowest always a lowballer
  3. ferdinand711

    ferdinand711 Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    GOOD POINT!!!!!!
    somebody can price lower and still make money for having a lesser overhead expenses.........THEY SHOULDN'T BE CALLED LOWBALLER. my $0.02
  4. murray83

    murray83 Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Very true they could be an excavation contractor just trying to keep a machine and long term employees busy.

    "lowballer" has been a very overused word on these forums lately and most never look at the other side of the coin.

    Anyway let'er snow
  5. Bporter

    Bporter Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I see your point but Ive heard about this guy and he'll do just about any type of work for nothing. I just can't figure out how he got salt for 128 a ton.
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    But you also called the guy at 185 a lowballer.
  7. mnconst

    mnconst Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 44

    the salt i got a quote at was 87.00 a ton
  8. Snowguy01

    Snowguy01 Senior Member
    from Erie
    Messages: 141

    wow I wish these were the prices around here those are high We have Low ballers here and we get a lot of snow,
  9. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    id say number 4's number look good for my area...

    maybe low on the skid side - maybe $5 low on the truck side

    how much salt do you think they would use? if its more than 2 tons per storm , then id say 185 is right on -
  10. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    That is true... and the point about excavation and construction contractors trying to keep busy is good too. many of these companies are used to taking the winter off, but hard times are here for them and they already own the equipment.

    I am optimistic though. After actually bidding on a church, and expecting to be the highest bid, I found out that five companies bid it and all were between $250-280 per push. Lowest guy goes up to 6 inches at that price. This is for about an hour and a half in the truck.
  11. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    There will always be another guy who's able to charge a lower price than you. These people either will do a half-assed job and be dumped by the clients that they picked up, or they've actually found a less expensive way of doing things.

    I hate low ballers too, but what's really annoying are people complaining about them.
  12. snowandgo

    snowandgo Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Well there was abunch of salt stolen in Aurora.

    On my accounts, which are all per salting, I'm getting about $400 per ton. :D I have to use calcium when the temps get below 20* though. :(

    I made a good buck last year with the early season ice.