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Should I bid this or should I not

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by chester32, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. chester32

    chester32 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hi all
    First of all I wanted to say thanks for providing such a great website that is so full of Info .
    I have been in the lawn maintenance business for two years now and I’m planning on starting up the snow removal part of it this winter,
    I have read many posts so far about starting snow removal and about NOT taking to big of a bite when you first start out.
    So having said that, I’m planning on bidding on a job that would be around the size of a Home Depot, again from what I have read this is NOT recommended, But this and a couple of small commercial accounts (that are right near) would be my only accounts, so therefore I could pay most all of my attention to this big one (Of course, that is if I get the bid)
    For Equipment I have:
    2 skid steers (bobcats)
    1 1999 Dodge 2500 with a 8’ straight blade
    1 1978 Dodge 3500 with a 9’ straight blade (for backup)
    2 employees and myself
    So I was just wondering if I was off my rocker or not in bidding this job.
  2. jbone

    jbone Senior Member
    Messages: 154

    Ive worked for a company for the past two winters that had one skid steer 2 pickups with 8 foot plows and 1/2 dozen employees that had to caover 4 condominium complexes including all walkways and we did fine, if all the commercial accounts are parking lots and nearby you shouldnt have a problem but I dont see the skidsteers being to effective in a wide open lot, you may want to add onto that or swap the skid steers for something else like a front end loader. good luck!
  3. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    bid if why not....put the two skids steers there and you should be fine....what about salt??sidewalks ur going to have to hire a few guys to shovel walks and what not....unless you get the skids to do all that....good luck but i would bid it
  4. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Get two 8' protech snow pushers and you can move a lot of snow. Just put a V box spreader in the 3500 (let the old truck get rust from the salt) and you should be good to go. Just talk to people, after you get it post a pic here and we can tell you how to plow it the most effiecantly.