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copicut
11-23-2010, 06:57 PM
Anybody out there think that 125dol an hour for 3 laborers on fall clean-ups way too cheap? thanks:

santafe
11-23-2010, 11:36 PM
It is in the range, but as has been said over and over you have to figure what an hour is costing you and what you want for a mark up.

Darryl G
11-23-2010, 11:42 PM
Depends on what equipment they're using and how efficient they are. Is it 3 guys with rakes and a tarp and a pickup truck or blowers, leaf loader and mower with vacuum bagger?

copicut
11-24-2010, 06:41 AM
isuzu npr w/ 18hp billy goat debris loader
3 redmax bp blowers 8050
1 exmark z with bagger collection system

.....thanks

punt66
11-24-2010, 07:38 AM
isuzu npr w/ 18hp billy goat debris loader
3 redmax bp blowers 8050
1 exmark z with bagger collection system

.....thanks

with your equipment thats too cheap! You should be getting a minimum of $200hr plus haul off. If your telling clients your charging by the hour and your getting complaints thats why. Charge by the job. Estimate your time and give them a price.

Darryl G
11-24-2010, 08:42 AM
Yes, I'd say too cheap by at least $50/hr.

Stillwater
11-24-2010, 09:30 AM
with your equipment thats too cheap! You should be getting a minimum of $200hr plus haul off. If your telling clients your charging by the hour and your getting complaints thats why. Charge by the job. Estimate your time and give them a price.

you must know theirs alot of risk to this

Ric3077
11-24-2010, 10:16 AM
WAYYYYY TOO CHEAP....I would be at $225/hr which would include disposal

MOW ED
11-24-2010, 10:40 AM
I don't know if you are too cheap or not. Way too many unknows about your business to even guess. I know you are trying to get some help here but I am helping you by not giving you a rate. You have to figure it out for yourself. Not that I don't like all the guys that answered you but how can you compare your business to theirs.
If you want to maximize your profit and cover your expenses then take a business class over the winter. You can use the above estimates as a guide but only you know what you need to do to cover your costs and turn a profit. Good Luck.

hackitdown
11-24-2010, 04:02 PM
I'd go for $175/hr with that setup. But you should have a walk-behind blower if you are doing large properties.

RGM
11-24-2010, 04:34 PM
With 3 workers and your equip its a bit cheap if they all work good. I think $45-60 and hour per experienced worker is good but if there just helper quality you have to think a bit less $25-45. It all really depends on going rates in your area and how you get rid of the leaves can't forget dump fees.

copicut
11-24-2010, 05:11 PM
I really appreciate the help...i know my prices are competative with the local landscapers in my area, I just thought to myself after watching my numbers last week that it just wasnt enough, my rate will increase! Dont know about you guys, but there are alot of cut throats in my area where guys will work for really really cheap and my fear is losing my return customers to some shmuck with a handheld blower.....thanks