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.

Cutting brush


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 09-19-2009, 08:12 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 8
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default Cutting brush

I am bidding property maintenance for an upscale subdivison.
There are approx. 8 acres of outlots and walking trails that need to be cut once a year in addition to the regular mowing/maintenance of 6 acres.

What is the best equipment for field / brush cutting and how fast can you cut?
I have heard of brush hogs but have no experience with them.
The fields look to be about 2 ft tall.
Thanks
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 09-19-2009, 08:36 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
We use two things:

Alders grow like nuts here so anything say 3/4" to 4" gets cut with a brush saw, depening on how bad it is I can do an acre in about two hours, I use the John Deere,

It it's just grass, raspberry bushes etc we use an attachment on the tractor called a Flail mower attachment (will do an acre in about 30 min) or Sickle Bar Mower, we use the Sickle bar a lot to clean ditches for municipal contracts, really good coin doing this, we average 10 miles a day per unit.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-19-2009, 09:07 AM
SuperiorPower
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

It will depend a lot on what you are cutting. If it is mostly weeds and light brush, a tractor and brush hog would work just fine. Unless you can or want to purchase a used tractor and a brush hog, there is another cheaper option. That is the trail mower type of mower.

I have a Swisher, but I am not very impressed with their quality, especially for extensive mowing. Kunz Engineering have several machines I am really impressed with from the research I have done on them. The day may come where I retail these myself. Check them out. The down side to these is that you have to use an ATV or a mower/tractor to pull them. If you are going to use a tractor that has a PTO attachment, it would be more cost effective to just buy a brush hog.

Good luck,
Eli
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-19-2009, 09:29 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 8
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the reply guys. I already have the John deere tractor.
I think my best option is to purchase a pull behind flail mower or brush cutter.
The fields are primarily over grown grass and weeds.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-19-2009, 10:38 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by turfmaster View Post
Thanks for the reply guys. I already have the John deere tractor.
I think my best option is to purchase a pull behind flail mower or brush cutter.
The fields are primarily over grown grass and weeds.
Then the Flail will make very light and quick work of it.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-19-2009, 01:18 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,925
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

How long are you thinking this job will take?

I'd love to see a screen cap overhead image to get a better visual of what you are going to be working on.

Keep us posted on how all this goes!
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 09-19-2009, 09:54 PM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 8
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
How long are you thinking this job will take?

I'd love to see a screen cap overhead image to get a better visual of what you are going to be working on.

Keep us posted on how all this goes!
Not quite sure yet as to how long it will take (field cutting).
I do have an inside track on this job though.
The company that did it this season was contracted for $14,000.
Knowing that helps my bidding on this job. I know I can beat that price because of my low overhead. I'll try to get a google earth shot of the subdivision for you guys.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-20-2009, 12:55 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,925
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Oh I'd love to see it. How long is the cutting season in your area? When things slow down in the winter would you have to do any other services for this contract?
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 09-20-2009, 07:56 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 8
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Oh I'd love to see it. How long is the cutting season in your area? When things slow down in the winter would you have to do any other services for this contract?
The contract will be for 24 weeks of mowing: Duration from April 15 thru Nov.30th

There is no winter work involved.

I think this could be huge for my business if we get this account. There are 99 homes ranging from 1.5 acres to 7 acre lots. I would say the homes range from $500,000 to $1,000,000 in value.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-20-2009, 01:16 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,925
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I think this could be huge for my business if we get this account. There are 99 homes ranging from 1.5 acres to 7 acre lots. I would say the homes range from $500,000 to $1,000,000 in value.
So potentially you could get this job and service all these walking areas and then use that as a platform to market to all the home owners in the area?

What about offering dog clean up stations along the walking path where you could install those device that hold the dog doo bags. Then they could be restocked and you could have your ad on the stations to further promote your business.

Maybe you could also empty the trash bin for an additional fee.

This is also a service one could potentially do for free to promote their business in a newer area.

__________________
- 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
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
Fined for cutting trees? Steve Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 6 07-29-2010 05:43 AM
One blade cutting lower hurtadolawncare Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 3 07-26-2008 11:15 AM
Fall lawn cutting?? tomcat172002 General Business Discussions 1 07-16-2008 08:54 AM
Tree Cutting StartALawnCareBusiness General Talk 24 05-28-2008 04:09 PM
Clearing an acre of brush UnitedEnvironment.com Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 7 10-06-2006 05:11 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Correct way to quote a...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
Today 11:52 AM
Today 11:52 AM
by WarriorLandscapingCAN
0 6
Having an issue with...
Mr. Mow
04-27-2016 03:58 PM
04-28-2016 05:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 99
Hello From Virginia
JJand M Lawncare
04-25-2016 01:02 PM
04-27-2016 05:20 PM
by Steve
5 127
knowledge is Key
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-23-2016 02:23 AM
04-25-2016 02:40 PM
by Steve
2 122
Hello from Calgary
Freshcut
04-22-2016 06:10 PM
04-25-2016 02:38 PM
by Steve
1 114
Echo Bed Redefiner...
NPM_LLC
04-12-2016 10:54 AM
04-22-2016 06:15 PM
by Freshcut
4 314
Has anyone done a garden?
Brian3137
03-28-2016 10:42 AM
04-22-2016 04:42 PM
by biglee
13 9,749
What would you charge?
markty
04-18-2016 03:28 PM
04-22-2016 09:01 AM
by chris2500hd
6 276
Replaced Mower Engine
Sprinkler Buddy
04-15-2016 06:21 AM
04-19-2016 11:03 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 254
Hello from Oklahoma
Ron Hall
03-24-2016 06:59 PM
04-16-2016 03:51 AM
by Ron Hall
9 9,464
Laying down some stripes
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:55 PM
04-14-2016 11:55 PM
by Steve
3 330
Find out what business...
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:58 PM
04-13-2016 12:32 PM
by MATTNAPIER89
2 284
Hello my name is Matt
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:46 PM
04-13-2016 12:58 AM
by Steve
1 231
How to drop some...
nickeckes
04-11-2016 01:07 AM
04-12-2016 05:22 PM
by Steve
4 316
Trash Receptacle for a...
tannerduncan
04-12-2016 05:02 PM
04-12-2016 05:19 PM
by Steve
1 214
Small Project Lawn
tannerduncan
03-31-2016 08:21 PM
04-12-2016 05:16 PM
by Steve
7 9,342
Please Help! Bidding...
Dorali
02-15-2016 12:02 PM
04-06-2016 01:08 AM
by Steve
36 13,034
Hello
pbcleff
04-05-2016 07:45 PM
04-06-2016 12:35 AM
by Steve
1 404
Hello
llewelwa
03-18-2016 12:47 AM
04-05-2016 12:14 AM
by Steve
3 9,335
Poop and Scooping
llewelwa
04-01-2016 05:48 PM
04-05-2016 12:08 AM
by Steve
1 9,117
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
04-04-2016 05:33 PM
by WarriorLandscapingCAN
2 9,279
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:45 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:45 PM.

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