300 post holes

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by queen of spades, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. queen of spades

    queen of spades LawnSite Member
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    Not sure where to come in on this. Client wants me to auger 300 post holes each 12" wide and 42" deep. He'll have a crew on hand to sink the posts & do any manual clean up of holes.

    What would you bid?
     
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    I could knock that off in 8 hours, rental and hourly rates, maybe $800.
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  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    If the ground conditions are good for digging I would go to $3.00 a hole. 42" is a deep hole. Not sure you could get all of that without an extension.
     
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Do a test run on auger 1 hole see how long takes you. Do the math. Then you come up with a price per hour rate
     
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've done 48 holes, 48" wide and as deep as the auger drive would let me sink it down, roughly 60", I took a picture of a kid standing in the hole, and his head was at ground level.
    I did the "hole" (pardon the pun) job in 4 hours.
     
  6. landtech1

    landtech1 LawnSite Member
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    To do 300 holes in 8 hr would be 1.5 min per hole . I think you would have under bid Ron. If this is on a mini and the ground has any rock ,I'm sure it would take you longer. Not that you can't drill one hole in that time,but to move and position. My bid would be closer to 12-1300 dollars or four dollars a hole.
     
  7. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    If he wants you to do the diggin or auger drilling than tell him you want to put the posts in too. Then you'll make even more proft.
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  8. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    I had clay sand on that job, as soon as the auger was full, I backed up and dropped the dirt, Cat brand augers have major torque, more than the Bobcat brand.
     
  9. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    that many holes would put me to sleep. If digging was in softer ground, I'd figure 1.5 -2 days and prorate if necessary. Let the competitor try and knock it out cheaper and quicker.. auger work can get tedious and it almost never goes as planned. I use a high torque, low speed auger and mostly dig in hard conditions but still, soft soils can get sticky or you find an occasional obstacle.

    Call before you dig and I wouldn't do it for less than 85-90 hour for skid and competent operator
     
  10. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    So what happens when you hit a large rock?

    Why does it need to be 42"?
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