View Full Version : What To Charge For Moving Dirt?

01-22-2011, 07:05 PM
Yesterday i was out plowing the driveway with the skid steer and a guy stopped and asked me if i did landscape work. I said yes just to see what he wanted. He told me that he lives like a half mile down the street and in the spring hes getting 20 yards of fill dirt and 8 more yards of top soil. He wanted to know if i could move all of the dirt to his backyard. I said sure and gave him my business card and told him to call me in the spring. I had no idea what to quote a job like that so i told him around $400 What would you charge if you were in my shoes? keep in mind i dont have to rent equipment such as a trailer or skid steer.

01-22-2011, 07:15 PM
Sounds like a fair charge - I would figure the hours needed to move the dirt x my per hour rate - 28 total yards to move would depend on how far it is to his backyard. I would think you could easily do this in 1/2 day so 400 without any rental would be a good paycheck

01-22-2011, 08:23 PM
Ok good i figured i wasnt too far off. Im guessing that it would be about 200 feet at the most. The bucket holds about 3/4 of a yard so im looking at about 40 trips.

Big C
01-23-2011, 03:17 PM
What is your hourly rate for labor & equipment?...if you don't have an hourly rate you should sit down and calculate one? And I wouldn't have given him a price for a job in the spring and one that you didn't walk out. All my estiamates are good for 14 days....you quoted him $400 so i guess that's your price.....good luck

01-23-2011, 03:31 PM
Have you seen the property don’t be surprised if you have to go trough a 36’’ gate ok you can always use your wheelbarrow:drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup:

01-23-2011, 05:42 PM
He just asked for a ballpark guess on how much it would cost. I told him about $400. I work for $40 an hour plus when using my own skid steer another $20. So $60 an hour is what im going for. I dont have any costs except for the gas i use on the job.

01-23-2011, 07:36 PM
$400 1/2 day for a bobcat & operator in our area.

01-23-2011, 08:23 PM
Yes so my quote was the right price. Ill make bank on the job and itll cost me maybe $40 in gas

01-23-2011, 08:48 PM
I would just check and make sure it isnt through a small gate or you need to get it over a wall or something crazy. I have run into that before.

01-23-2011, 09:35 PM
Its a straight shot into his backyard. He said the dumptruck would fit but they couldnt take it back there because of his septic field

01-26-2011, 11:59 PM
I would have been more than double that site unseen, but alot of it does depend on the prices in your area.

if the site is relatively open, i'd still be double your price at least.

01-27-2011, 01:25 AM
Wow really? well i guess ill see in the spring what this guys yard looks like and how much dirt hes actually getting. But $400 for sitting in a skid steer for a day doesnt sound to bad to me. I love doing it

01-27-2011, 03:27 AM
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01-27-2011, 03:28 AM
So, he said the dump truck couldn't get back there b/c of a septic field, is the skid going over the same areas, b/c that can be problematic too
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01-27-2011, 04:17 PM
A dump truck would probably weigh 50,000 my skid steer weighs 4,900

01-27-2011, 08:54 PM
keep in mind that with things like septic fields its not so much about the total weight of what your in but the PSI or ground pressure...either way i think a skid should be ok on the drainfield unless its really shallow..just stay off the tank and dist. box

01-27-2011, 09:45 PM
Yeah thats true. Well ill be sure to have theguy mark out wher everything is. I dont want to cause any damage

01-28-2011, 11:17 AM
Sounds like it may be more than just moving it from front to back.
I bet he will expect it to be spread out and leveled, low spots built up and such.

01-28-2011, 02:23 PM
Yeah probably but that doesnt take long especially with a machine. Hopefully its just a bug ass hole that i can dump it in