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queen of spades
04-07-2011, 12:17 AM
Not sure where to come in on this. Client wants me to auger 300 post holes each 12" wide and 42" deep. He'll have a crew on hand to sink the posts & do any manual clean up of holes.

What would you bid?

bobcat_ron
04-07-2011, 12:30 AM
I could knock that off in 8 hours, rental and hourly rates, maybe $800.
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ksss
04-07-2011, 01:02 AM
If the ground conditions are good for digging I would go to $3.00 a hole. 42" is a deep hole. Not sure you could get all of that without an extension.

Snyder's Lawn Inc
04-07-2011, 01:53 AM
Not sure where to come in on this. Client wants me to auger 300 post holes each 12" wide and 42" deep. He'll have a crew on hand to sink the posts & do any manual clean up of holes.

What would you bid?Do a test run on auger 1 hole see how long takes you. Do the math. Then you come up with a price per hour rate

bobcat_ron
04-07-2011, 10:26 AM
If the ground conditions are good for digging I would go to $3.00 a hole. 42" is a deep hole. Not sure you could get all of that without an extension.

I've done 48 holes, 48" wide and as deep as the auger drive would let me sink it down, roughly 60", I took a picture of a kid standing in the hole, and his head was at ground level.
I did the "hole" (pardon the pun) job in 4 hours.

landtech1
04-07-2011, 05:05 PM
To do 300 holes in 8 hr would be 1.5 min per hole . I think you would have under bid Ron. If this is on a mini and the ground has any rock ,I'm sure it would take you longer. Not that you can't drill one hole in that time,but to move and position. My bid would be closer to 12-1300 dollars or four dollars a hole.

ajslands
04-07-2011, 05:46 PM
If he wants you to do the diggin or auger drilling than tell him you want to put the posts in too. Then you'll make even more proft.
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bobcat_ron
04-07-2011, 05:59 PM
To do 300 holes in 8 hr would be 1.5 min per hole . I think you would have under bid Ron. If this is on a mini and the ground has any rock ,I'm sure it would take you longer. Not that you can't drill one hole in that time,but to move and position. My bid would be closer to 12-1300 dollars or four dollars a hole.

I had clay sand on that job, as soon as the auger was full, I backed up and dropped the dirt, Cat brand augers have major torque, more than the Bobcat brand.

YellowDogSVC
04-07-2011, 11:20 PM
that many holes would put me to sleep. If digging was in softer ground, I'd figure 1.5 -2 days and prorate if necessary. Let the competitor try and knock it out cheaper and quicker.. auger work can get tedious and it almost never goes as planned. I use a high torque, low speed auger and mostly dig in hard conditions but still, soft soils can get sticky or you find an occasional obstacle.

Call before you dig and I wouldn't do it for less than 85-90 hour for skid and competent operator

ajslands
04-08-2011, 12:49 AM
So what happens when you hit a large rock?

Why does it need to be 42"?
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stuffdeer
04-08-2011, 09:42 PM
So what happens when you hit a large rock?

Why does it need to be 42"?
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Cause the customer asked for 42". Duh...

jokers dirt
04-10-2011, 11:05 AM
I would charge by the hr mine is 75hr and i could do that in 8hr or less.

bighornjd
04-10-2011, 08:44 PM
I rarely give an hourly rate, I know my hourly rates, but don't usually give that out. I estimate the time then just give my total price. However, this is one of those cases where I would bid by the hour, and how ever long it takes is how much it costs, unless you know for certain what the soil conditions are. I don't know if it's this way for everyone, but around here you can do one job and never hit a rock, go 1/2 mile up the road and hit nothing but rock. You never know. I just did a pole barn last fall, 30x60, took longer to dig the last 3 holes than all the rest. Didn't hit a single obstacle on every hole until we got to the last 3 and they were a nightmare. I would never bid by the hole, one could take 2 minutes, and the next could take 20. I would be around 75-80 an hour, but I only have an 18"er.