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Old 12-28-2013, 11:26 PM
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How do you calculate equipment costs

Hey guys, I'm new at this, so please, be gentle. I run a small landscape maintenance company, I do mowing, trimming, fertilizing and things like that. No hardscape of any king and minimal planting. The equipment in my small arsenal is basically a truck, a trailer, a zero turn mower, walk behind mower and small equipment such as trimmers and blowers. When I estimate a job, I estimate the number of hours that it'll take, and the materials I will need (fertilizers, pesticide, etc). Add my markup and voila, the customer has a price. I never include any cost for equipment use... Because I don't know how to do that!!! How do I know what it costs me to run my mower, or use the trailer per hour? I know how much gas I use, but that's about it. My equipment is in very good condition, so maintenance costs are minimal. Any advice?
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:59 AM
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How do you calculate equipment costs?

I was given a spreadsheet with a great breakdown. I do not remember from whom I received it. I can not attach a spreadsheet here so if you want I can email it to you.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:13 PM
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I was given a spreadsheet with a great breakdown. I do not remember from whom I received it. I can not attach a spreadsheet here so if you want I can email it to you.

Thanks, lighthouse. You can email it to n.corn.lyons@hotmail.com.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:08 PM
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I was given a spreadsheet with a great breakdown. I do not remember from whom I received it. I can not attach a spreadsheet here so if you want I can email it to you.
Lighthouse if you wouldn't mind sending me the spredsheet also my email is: lawnbarberfl@gmail.com
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:56 PM
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I was given a spreadsheet with a great breakdown. I do not remember from whom I received it. I can not attach a spreadsheet here so if you want I can email it to you.
Would you mind e-mailing it to me as well? cowen.craig@gmail.com Thanks!
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:01 PM
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I was given a spreadsheet with a great breakdown. I do not remember from whom I received it. I can not attach a spreadsheet here so if you want I can email it to you.
Lighthouse could you plese email me the spread sheet as well. joehatfield84@gmail.com

Thanks for the help
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:34 AM
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I only use walk behind equipment, aerator, power rake, edger, mowers and handhelds as well. I'm in this part time, I figure with insurance. business licences, workman's comp, telephone, accountant, dump fees (flat yearly fee), ect, it costs me $12 to show up at your door. I have calculated that it is another $10/hour to operate the equipment on the average; this includes depreciation and fuel as well as gloves, garbage bags and everything else. The only extra cost is when edging I will go thru a blade about 100 to150 feet but that extra cost is covered in the pricing. Remember even using a shovel or a rake or broom costs money, as they need to be purchased, hauled and replaced when worn out. Don't forget your truck and trailer costs including depreciation costs. So I show up and cut your lawn (30 minutes) for $40 dollars it costs me $12 to show up plus $5 equipment cost. I have made $23 dollars before taxes. Allowing for 10 minutes travel time between cuts an 8 hour day is about 12 cuts. 12 x 40=480, 480-(12x12)-(12x5)=x 480-144-60=x 480-204=276 276/8=34.50/hour.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:10 AM
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Lighthouse..If you wouldn't mind sending me an attachment of your spreadsheet as well, I would appreciate it. I have relatively good estimating systems in place, yet would like to see if I am calculating properly. Thanks
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:18 AM
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here's the post from a while back where some guy posted a good spreadsheet. http://www.lawnsite.com/showpost.php...2&postcount=36
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:19 AM
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dang, think that was the wrong one. there was one i got a while back from a thread.. it was really good. can't find it.
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