Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job
If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.

Killer deal for a new service


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-14-2009, 10:46 AM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default Killer deal for a new service

I got a call from the customer who's yard I finished yesterday. He wants an estimate on chipping up a bunch of branches that were piled in different areas of his property. He explained he would be back in town on the 15th and asked me to get him an estimate. I am still tossing it around as I have no clue what to charge and for that matter I am not equipped for such a job HOWEVER. I called up our care taker and asked him to look and see if there was a chipper/shredder at our ranch, He did and there was but it was old and he said very hard to start. I remember not to long ago a friend of mine mentioned having one he was selling so I called him. He explained he still had it and wanted $100 for it. He said it is this model

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...711&lpage=none

HE said its only about a year old and still looks near new and runs great so of course it was a brainless decision, he will be delivering it today. Now I will be able to offer this service, save over $700 on the equipment after taxes are worked in and to make matters better rather than filling my yard wast can with tree and bush clippings from customers I can shred them up and use them in the flower beds here at home or at a customers house for yet another service. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 043033547234md.jpg (27.6 KB, 5 views)
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 07-14-2009, 11:34 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,187
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I bet if Andy jumped in here, he would have a lot to say.

How are those chippers new?

Have you figured out yet how much you want to charge per hour to use the machine?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-14-2009, 11:49 AM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
I bet if Andy jumped in here, he would have a lot to say.

How are those chippers new?

Have you figured out yet how much you want to charge per hour to use the machine?
Steve. New this chipper is $799 from Lowes. I have no idea how much to charge for the service so suggestions are more than welcome. I don't want to rip anyone off but at the same time I don't want to rip myself off.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-14-2009, 02:50 PM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 6
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jasonw View Post
Steve. New this chipper is $799 from Lowes. I have no idea how much to charge for the service so suggestions are more than welcome. I don't want to rip anyone off but at the same time I don't want to rip myself off.
Congratulations on the chipper purchase. One of those deals you can't afford to pass up.

If it were me I would charge at least $50.00-$60.00/hour for that service.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-14-2009, 03:00 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Thats really not a bad bid. I am estimating only about 2, maybe 3 hours for the job so its an easy hundred bucks.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-14-2009, 04:31 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Jason,

Have you looked at the branches? How big are they and any idea if it's hardwood or softwood, this little chipper is pretty good at shredding leaves and small branches, chipping up to 1 1/2", I understand it's rated for 3" however with that size motor it will never do it based on my experience.

If it's softwood bows, ferns, hedges...it will struggle as it's self feed, if the branches are dry it's desperate hard on the blades so carry a spare set and the tools to change them, once they start to dull it will no longer feed.

As for the rates, we run larger auto feed chippers, tractor and operator will run:

5" Chipper $65.00
6" Chipper $75.00
8" Chipper $85.00

Extra helper, which is required as it takes two to three people to keep them fed is $35.00 an hour.

Bid your jobs by the hour if you can, these small units are pretty slow, I have two customers that have them and they said what we were doing in an hour takes them at least 6, keep that in mind as customers may complain it's going too slow.

Andy
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-14-2009, 06:57 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for all the info. As far as the branches they are all about 2" or less. Mostly Pine and Oak dried for several years. I decided to use it here at home for a day or 2 before putting in the bid. The customer is very cool and in no hurry so the extra day or so wont hurt my chances at the job. I figured this way I will have a better idea of how long it will take after grinding my own branches up.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-14-2009, 07:58 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jasonw View Post
Thanks for all the info. As far as the branches they are all about 2" or less. Mostly Pine and Oak dried for several years. I decided to use it here at home for a day or 2 before putting in the bid. The customer is very cool and in no hurry so the extra day or so wont hurt my chances at the job. I figured this way I will have a better idea of how long it will take after grinding my own branches up.
The critical thing is an extra set of blades, if you do not have a manual I suggest you get one, also take it apart and practise changing the blades, when being paid for the client they want it done fairly quick, I have one extra set for each unit and made a jig for the slow grinding wheel to sharpen them, I have looked at one of these up close a few weeks ago at a clients place, he did a lot of work with it.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-15-2009, 11:05 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,187
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Andy,

If he finds out he needs a more powerful chipper/shredder, is there a next step up you would advise him getting?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-15-2009, 11:28 AM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

I tested it out yesterday and have a few observations. First of all its not in as good of condition as I thought. It works fine but could look better but I don't worry about that. Some degreaser and a wipe down and it cleaned right up. My next observation is its quite bigger "about twice the size" of the one pictured. I was putting 2" branches in it and it was spitting them out without even working like no ones business. It dose need a tune up and took a while to get started but once it started it ran like a raped ape. The one way bearing in the pull starter slips every now and then and the air filter is rather dirty but these are things that can be fixed and worked with. The way I see it I still got a hell of a deal and if it will stay running for a couple few hours it will more than pay for itself.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Weed Killer tomcat172002 Community Assistance 7 04-23-2009 07:43 AM
Stress is a killer! Steve General Business Discussions 5 01-24-2008 11:05 AM
New weed killer product Steve Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 2 06-27-2007 11:12 AM
Weed Killer trademarklawns Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 12 05-18-2007 06:11 AM
Is this going to be a big deal? Steve General Talk 0 03-13-2007 05:23 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
Today 08:24 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 120
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
Today 07:23 AM
by kslawn
4 115
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 10:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
77 4,378
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
Yesterday 07:17 PM
by SGL1
11 365
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
Yesterday 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,173
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
Yesterday 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 314
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
Yesterday 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 160
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
Yesterday 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 858
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
Yesterday 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 177
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
Yesterday 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 213
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 244
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 160
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,345
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 201
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 106
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 237
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 627
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 462
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 243
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
07-21-2014 01:04 PM
by Steve
12 517
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 559
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 134
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 138
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 681
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 997
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 728
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 661
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 318,905
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-15-2014 11:56 AM
by Steve
5 231
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,675
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 424
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 336
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 805
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 520
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 530
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,851
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 521
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 190
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 625
Contents of Marketing to...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-09-2014 05:25 PM
07-10-2014 03:23 PM
by Steve
3 283
Shindaiwa
CLB454
05-13-2014 09:04 PM
07-10-2014 03:04 PM
by Steve
14 761
Starting New in FL
mmcuttrim
08-06-2010 09:22 AM
07-10-2014 02:44 PM
by Steve
48 11,233
Bid help 45 on acre...
Priggan
06-26-2014 12:56 PM
07-09-2014 08:38 AM
by kslawn
7 505
need help bidding fence...
veteranslawncaresystems
07-03-2014 10:33 AM
07-08-2014 12:00 PM
by Steve
5 367
Trimmer or Knife?
gwilson98
07-04-2014 09:56 PM
07-07-2014 02:41 PM
by Steve
6 325
Started a New Solar Lawn...
Solar Lawn Care
06-08-2013 01:40 AM
07-07-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
37 7,403
New Canadian Member
coppervalley
07-04-2014 02:15 PM
07-07-2014 01:12 PM
by Steve
1 226
Happy Independance...
stevef1201
07-04-2014 07:05 AM
07-07-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
2 225
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-07-2014 12:47 PM
by Steve
4 305
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
07-06-2014 01:50 PM
by SGL1
21 5,220
» Popular Tags
2wd 34'' ads birdscaping blades charge christmas christmas light hanging commercial craigslist credit card customers ditches employee problems exmark fall ferris financing franchise georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business health holiday how much to charge installation invoice kansas city labor cost late lawn lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lesco lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mechanic mowing new and restored landscapes new buisness new business podcast promotion riding mower running a business savannah scag seo social media starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services top dresser toro tree care truck new used landscape upsell walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:25 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:25 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy