View Full Version : Trenching rate?

04-09-2006, 01:25 AM
Can someone give me an idea on what to charge for trenching? The Trench needs to be 18 in deep, 1 in wide and about 70 feet long with 3 changes in direction. I will be renting a trencher to do the job, Iím not sure what the rate is for the rental yet. The purpose of the trench is to run electrical lines.

04-09-2006, 06:28 AM
A walk behind trencher may cost you 125.00 per day

Trenching 70 feet at 8.00 per ft.= 560.00

125.00 Rental
560.00 Labor
685.00 Total

Good Luck

04-10-2006, 12:44 AM

04-10-2006, 12:38 PM
At that depth you may want to consider using a vibratory plow since you are not going that deep. It will also lessen the amount of restoration that needs to be done after the fact.

04-10-2006, 02:13 PM
The trencher guy here charges $75.00 an hour with a two hour minimum...

Critical Care
04-10-2006, 02:33 PM
If you trench it, factor in your time for backfilling as well. $8.00 per foot seems a bit steep when you consider that people are trenching in and installing irrigation zones for less than that.

I had a neighbor ask me about doing a trenching job for him, but I passed it up because this fellow lives on a rock shelf. In such a case, charging by the foot could ruin you.