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Old 12-24-2012, 09:05 PM
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I know this isnt the right site, i should ask this in tree services.com or whatever, but i didnt feel like creating a new account over there just to ask this one question.

Any way, guy has 200 (foot and a half in diameter) pine stumps to be removed. They had been growing for close to 20 years, just cut back in 2010, so most of these stumps are good fat lighter.

I am going to rent a backhoe loader that is $1290 a week. He wants them dug up, so grinding isnt an option. and I own the stumps after they come out of the ground.

I know a guy with a couple dump trucks, and he is willing to haul these stumps off for me for free, since they are fat lighter and he can sell them to a wood products plant near me.

He doesnt want me to put in fill dirt, he will do that himself.

This job is going to take a little over two weeks, according to my calculations. 200 stumps@ 2 stumps up per hour = approx 100 hrs. The back hoe loader, based on a 40 hr work week is $32/ hr alone. I have to make $20 per hour and my operator is going to make $12.50 per hour.

so thats $65/ hr. i was thinking quoting this guy $6700. is this the right way to calculate my quote? This is going to be my biggest job yet, if he accepts my quote, and im just wondering if im on the right track.

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Zack
Post this in the heavy equ. forum for the guys that do this stuff every day. I would sub contract with a friend that has a large excavator. I would expect to remove 4 an hour. 18" dia pine tree is not a very big tree and most likely has shallow root system.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:00 AM
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thanks guys, but he found someone that owns an excavator that will do it for $15 an hour, a price I cannot even begin to compete with. don't know how he'll make any money, but not my problem. oh well...
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:33 AM
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Let him get the practice, he definitely needs it. However unless the guy is starting tomorrow, give him a price for when the guy doesnt show.
I gave a price of 500 when a customer found someone for 200. He called me after 2 weeks and had me do it after 3 no shows.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:44 AM
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Wow, 15 an hour including equipment

What is this world coming to?
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:10 AM
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I watched one guy take after a bunch of stumps after a storm went through with a little backhoe that he thought would do the job... big mistake... he looked like a grasshopper out there bouncing up and down trying to rip up the roots... even doing one root at a time it was a pathertic site...

Be absolutely sure that the backhoe is the largest around and the operator has a brain... I can't imagine that the guy I saw did anything but loose money and probably took 10 years off the life of the machine...
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:19 AM
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thanks guys, but he found someone that owns an excavator that will do it for $15 an hour, a price I cannot even begin to compete with. don't know how he'll make any money, but not my problem. oh well...
A real machine won't even be loaded onto a trailer for under $100.00... the posts above are correct in indicating this, 15/hr.,,, will never be a reality so expect to have a solution when the problems become clear to the client...
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:53 AM
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A real machine won't even be loaded onto a trailer for under $100.00... the posts above are correct in indicating this, 15/hr.,,, will never be a reality so expect to have a solution when the problems become clear to the client...
20-25 ton machine with thumb and skeleton bucket.

Expect to pay lowboy both ways.

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:07 AM
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I know a guy with a couple dump trucks, and he is willing to haul these stumps off for me for free, since they are fat lighter and he can sell them to a wood products plant near me.
Is he going to haul them away too for that $15/hr?
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:34 AM
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I'll bet that this is the kind of "excavator" you get for $15 a hour.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:42 PM
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Fuel cost alone will be more than $15.00 hr
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