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Old 10-14-2008, 09:22 PM
shovelracer shovelracer is offline
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Location: North Jersey
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I dont list it as a line item cause it has cost me some work in the past. One estimate comes to mind for a large job several years ago. We where $500 more than the other guy ( 22K job ) and listed a track loader as a line item cause they didnt want to destroy their lawn. They felt that the other company wasnt charging them for the equipment cause they owned it. Fact was that I was just $500 more. I now own a skid loader and although it wouldnt have worked for this job, I do charge for the use of the machine. How else can you afford to keep the machine running. If I was on the other end of the deal my concern wouldnt be that cost of the machine as much as whether you have enough experience to run it. Maybe you do, but harder to defend if you dont use it enough to own it.
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