View Full Version : Hourly rate for skidsteer and operator

04-08-2001, 11:32 PM
A client of mine has a ned house that the yard is left rough by the builder. The area is so tight with trees that it is difficult to price. Has anyone ever used a hourly rate to protect oneself on a job such as this? Any help or advise is much appreciated!!

04-08-2001, 11:42 PM
On odd jobs like the one you posted we get $50.00 per hour for the skidsteer and operator with a 3 hour minium.

04-09-2001, 12:14 AM
Why are you pricing it by the hr? Are you just grading it?
Ok skid steer with rake 750 per day, this covers you for travel and unless it's a big lot you can di it in a day.

Kansas Turf Man
04-09-2001, 12:21 AM
We charge all of our jobs by the hour. We have a JD 4400 with all the toys. We charge $115 per hour when we supply the operator. $100 without the operator, but we only do that if we know the person. We always make money and are rarely turned down. If they don't want to pay for the tractor I simply get a crew of 5 or 10 and charge $15 per hour for each man I have on the job. They almost always choose the tractor once they figure how long it will take us to do the work with shovels. People will pay for the things if you just explain the math to them.

04-11-2001, 04:55 PM
We're getting 55-65 w/ machine and operator.. Plus any attachments

04-11-2001, 10:36 PM
We get $50/hr 3hr minimum. Clock starts at the shop and stops when we get back to the shop.

04-11-2001, 11:49 PM
I charge 400/day plus the operator cost. That's about the same as the rental sites in our area charge to rent a bobcat with a trailer, but even if you rent it you still need a truck to haul it. Not to mention I can do in 2hrs what it would take most homeowners 4 hrs to do, and with a lot less collateral damage.
Jim L

04-12-2001, 12:05 AM
Kansas Turf Man,how much do you pay your guys that you charge them out at only $15/hr? I pay my labour $9/hr and have to charge $35 to make any profit.

04-12-2001, 03:05 AM
I'm with kermit on this one. I pay my summer help guys $10/hr and I have to charge a minimum of $30 pr man hr to make any profit at all. When I am done figureing in storage, equiptment cost and the requisite insurance that's the bottom line. I would be out of business quick at $15 pr man hr.
Jim L

dan deutekom
04-12-2001, 11:41 AM
I am with Kermit labour $35.00 an hour, foreman 45.00
By the time you pay wages, and expenses, downtime and overhead you need this much to make a buck. Look at the cost of plumbers electricians and mechanics per hour from a shop and compare it to what they are payed by the shop

04-12-2001, 04:28 PM
Slid- 50/ hour only if we can't do a bid.
Labor- 35/hour. See above
Foreman- 45/hour
Pay range- 10-15/hour.
We avoid hourly work and bid instead to make more money. We also try to avoid doing just tractor work on a job. We want it all.