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Old 12-09-2009, 09:44 PM
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jokersdirt- What equipment and manpower were you using that you received $200/hr? What kind of ROW were you mowing?
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:49 PM
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ARP would a 9 ton excavator be as productive as the bobcat?
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:52 PM
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i had t300 high flow with bobcat mulcher and my bobcat t200 working to no mulcher on that one root grapple to get the small stumps up then go back and mulch them up small pine trees hardwoods what ever the hell it could get up . and utility company here was very picky about the small stumps or roots left behind thats why i had the t200 working to.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:01 PM
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So you were getting a 100 for each machine? If you were running one machine that would be around 800 a day. If you subtract fuel you are making about 700 a day. You would have to be staying busy to pay 6k a month in payments and insurance, fuel and maintenance.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:02 PM
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So Joker sounds like it comes out to around $110 an hour for your mulcher and the rest to your 2nd machine. I would go as low as $110 an hour for an on going mulching job.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:11 PM
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Moredirt- Check your PMs.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:14 PM
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that t200 wasnt running the whole time the t300 was
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:28 PM
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In terms of excavators vs. trackloader, a trackloader will beat an excavator on relatively flat or hilly areas with minimal rocks. Once the terrain gets excessively muddy, steep, rocky, or all of the above, (basically anywhere it would take a lot of jockeying to get a trackloader into), a 160/200 size excavator will do better than a trackloader. A 9 ton machine won't have the reach necessary to be effective on the ROWs, at least in my region or have enough hydraulic power to run a mulcher. The best you could do would be a flail mower which would make it hard to take out a lot of hardwoods.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:54 AM
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I bet you have to go through a lot of paperwork and insurance to do the ROW stuff not mention how you get your foot in the door to get a contract.

I like that $200 per hour figure though.
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:06 AM
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Stuve- you are correct about the hoops and paperwork. Just getting through the subcontractor contract signing stage is a huge expense.

Also, remember, at least for jokersdirt, that $200/hr was for 2 machines, not one. If you have the work to support 2 or more machines and employees, you can do okay. It is still good to be diversified though, which is something that I am working more on these days.

I thought it was possible to just get 1 machine and be able to do anything- not so. To be really effective in this work, you have to have at least 2-3 machines and the necessary support equipment (tools, trucks, trailers), which does make this an expensive business to be in. You also have to be willing to travel- alot. I haven't worked from my home in at least 4 months, and I don't see that changing soon. Kinda stinks for having a personal life, but it is what it is for the time being.
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