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Question about salt amount

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Brant'sLawnCare, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    I am bidding on a property for next year. And I know this question has been asked before, but just want some good advice. The parking lot is just under 20k ft2. I am figuring around $150-200/push because it's tricky. I figure as far as salting goes is my question. Should I be ok figuring #350 per application or should I figure more like #500? I thought that #500 seems a bit much most of the time, but #350 seems light. I know I won't use the same amount each time. My salting could be almost 3x cheaper than my plowing. Does that seem right, or is something wrong?


  2. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I'd go 500lbs and App. How much are you charging for salt? We'd be getting our Min Salting charge of 90 dollars
  3. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    I would probably have to be a little less than $0.20/lb to be competitive. I usually do a minimum of around $65, but all my jobs right now are really small. Sounds like I should probably figure around $80-90 per application. Thanks a lot for the help, I appreciate it.
  4. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    if you realize how risky it can be to spread too little salt you wouldn't be asking this question. it sounds like a lil under a half acre and you need to bid for 500#. take your cost and triple it and make sure it is worth it. You are providing a service that, if not performed properly, can result in a lawsuit in which you are responsible for medical bills. Please make this worth your while and stop lowballing. the average cost of a slip and fall is 28000. Can you afford that charging 65 per app?? didn't think so.
  5. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    Thanks for the help. But I am not lowballing. Please don't just "assume" that I am a lowballer. My area's prices are different than yours, I am sure. I am newer in the commercial market, but I do know what other guys bid jobs at around here. I am just asking experienced pros how much salt they would figure in this situation. Right now I charge per pound applied, but some accounts like a monthly price. So if your gonna help, please do, but don't just come on here and call me a lowballer because I am newer at something.