Why on earth do you folks spend so much on equipment.
spinning off another thread:
Why guys like me sell jobs for less, with good profit:
trailer 2k -equipment
trailer 4k (16 foot dump, hauls ex)
5 ton ex 24k
dump truck -per load as needed 75-90 a load
matls deliv - supplier provided save labor vs fetching matls
Ive got more equip, for less money. and its not out of date,
2005 truck (cummins 5.9)
2007 CTL (600 hrs)
2005 5 ton ex (2500 hrs)
2005 ish trailers.
79K vs your 200k, my overhead is probally 1500 a month lower than yours, and I have an excavator in this list.
now I don't have cabbed units, power windows, etc. But I can still get to the job, look professional and move the earth just as well.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.