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Old 02-27-2013, 12:39 PM
Ramairfreak98ss Ramairfreak98ss is offline
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Originally Posted by Kepple Services View Post
We worked for the main FEMA contractor. We have done a few storms. All held 10%, and all but one paid us our retainer within a reasonable amount of time. One held it so long we wrote it off until they got audited and had to pay us. Other than that we would turn in our tickets at the end of the week and get paid the next week.

Most of the FEMA contracts are in place long before a storm hits. We never worked 24/7. We only worked daytime hours. Not sure how that changes things for you. All we did was the hauling portion. Never did demo/ROW clearing/etc.
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thanks kepple... we were required to invoice daily... literally invoice for today's work 24/7 had to be in by end of day tomorrow. We still have not seen a dime, and now the contractor in the middle is telling us they've only paid us for 800hrs when we have accounted for 1150 on the books. Not only that, but NY department provided us with diesel fuel for the machines, since the operation rate hourly is so low... literally $59/hr for a shift came out to be $700 per machine for half a day's work, now they're trying to pull some BS about how we're being backcharged fuel. This was the first time ever doing any work with any of our equipment where we did not provide our own fuel, but was something taken into consideration before start of the work because for $1400/24hrs a day to run a 50-70k machine around plus paying an operator $20+ an hour, no where to stay, no hotels, no food places open, having to go across THREE $12 bridges, turnpike tolls etc to get there, it wasn't a slam dunk job. If we were busy with the machines prior, i would have turned it down, but instead of them sitting in November before we do snow work, may as well put them to use. Our daily billed rate for 4 machines operating 24/7 was a joke really, but not bad considering you'd make X thousands more each week that you wouldn't have made before.

We had problems with **** in the streets getting run over, paint, spray paint cans, paint cans, ethers, floor cleaners, sometimes stuff was so toxic smelling in the streets, we'd have to leave to go work on another street. The machines had paint, scrapes from debris damage to them not to mention, the two JD 2011 and 2012 332D skid steers, had to replace 8 tires in the end of three weeks because they all had 600 nails/screws/staples/slices in them. Had about 6 of them plugged twice before they still leaked and was forced to just replace all of them, $600 per goodyear titan tire!

Both track machines had a billion nails/screws etc. stuck in the tracks, took two of us a couple hours here and there just to take them all out by hand/pliers.

It was a learning experience for sure, if your going rate is $145.00/hr per machine, dont work no matter what hours for less and anything involving hazardous cleanups, has to pay more hourly, not less, not half or 1/3 the amount.
Ford Trucks, Simplicity machines, John Deeres, Ferris mowers, Stihl/Echo/Redmax handheld equip. lots of trailers
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