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Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by toolin, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. toolin

    toolin Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Hey guys, hoping some of the more seasoned vets here can help me with a upcoming contract dillema.

    I'm interested in putting a bid in on a job for my local municipality. They are asking for quotes on snow removal/salting for city streets. They require 7 full sized units (i.e. Internationals, commercial, city sized units) with plows, salters, and pre-wetting units do maintain city streets.
    As I only have experience with smaller, light duty pickups (we are a 6 truck operation), I have no idea what a fully outfitted big rig would go for. I need this info to submit the bid.

    So, any of you with similiar equipment, what do the trucks with all the kit run new?

    Thanks in advance
  2. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,559

    When we were getting charged by a contractor to do some of our village roads a few years ago it was $110/hr for a 5-yard truck with salter. We provided the salt. Hourly rates went up for weekend events too. As far as pre-wetting, it all depends what you buy and what you spray. Average 75-135 gallon electronic tailgate system runs $2500-$3500 installed (in this area).
    Liquid is your trouble. We make our own salt brine. After start-up costs, cost to make 1 gallon of brine...7-9 cents per gallon. Now, go buy mag-chloride or cal-chloride and see what that runs you a gallon.
    Hope this helps.