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charging for skidsteer use

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Father&Son, Jan 21, 2001.

  1. Father&Son

    Father&Son LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21


    I am interested in purchasing a skidsteer this winter for landscaping this season. I was wondering how easy it would be to make money now with it backfilling foundations for local construction companies.
    Would I charge by the hour and if so how much? Would I charge by the job and if so how do I calculate the amount? I assume it has something to do with the cost of the machine and how big the job is of course but I am wondering if there is a calculation that I can apply and what exactly an operators time is worth nowadays.

  2. MLI

    MLI LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 464

    Hi there....
    If the machine is midsize...say 743 Bobcat.
    id charge $50 per hr, with a 4 hr minimum.
    If you are supplying machine and attachments
    the rate might be alittle higher.
  3. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    We start at $75 per hr with operator mininum $500 or $600 per day.
    Larger machines run $95 per hr.
    We start the clock when the machine leaves the shop!
  4. Father&Son

    Father&Son LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Thanks for the numbers. I'll start marketing tomorrow and let you know what happens.
  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    We were getting $75 an hour for skid and operator with a bucket, $100 while using most of the attatchments. Remember to cover for attatchments if you need to rent. Good Luck!
  6. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    They seam to be a little high most guys around here get $60 and hour 4 hr min for a backhoe with operator.
  7. Father&Son

    Father&Son LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Should I just start contacting every local builder in the area to let them know Im available to do their work or is there a more effective way of marketing this that has worked for anyone in the past.
    My thoughts are to do the above mentioned, while putting an ad in the service directory of the local newspaper but im thinking that going right to the source should produce faster.


    Thanks for the input.
  8. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    Definetly a good idea!! Maybe send them a follow up letter to so they have your contact # and info handy. When you call they might be busy and just jot your number down on a napkin that will get lost in the shuffle, if they take it down at all. Let them know in the letter that you contacted them (or tried to) by phone and you were following up and that you'd like them to keep your info on record.

    Usually with building projects, the excavation company that digs and fills the foundation do all the rough grading on the property. You can come back with a bucket w/ teeth and a power rake and get it ready for seed or sod or hydroseeding. Depending which way your services spread, you may offer these services too. It would be much easier for the contractor/builder if you came in after the rough grading and do everything. A lot of times, the property owner will use you services if you can contact them and make sure they were happy with the work you've done on the property. If you get invovlved with some contractors and start getting a lot of work for the skid, word of mouth and people watching you will usually keeo the machine booked

    Good Luck, and let us know how you make out in your new venture!!

  9. Pauls Mowing

    Pauls Mowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    Out here, 743's go for about $40.00 an hour. I can rent a 773 at United Rentals for $135.00 a day, $15.00 more if you need a trailer for it.

  10. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    That's not a bad price for a rental they go for about $180 out here.

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