Fair price for leaf removal?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jerry and Sons, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Jerry and Sons

    Jerry and Sons LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 249

    I just purchased a 20 hp billy goat loader and have built a leaf box on the back of my dump body insert measures 6.5 ft high by 8ft long and 6 ft wide. I am looking to offer my leaf sucking to other landscapers in my area but i need to come up with either a per load rate or an hourly rate. Just looking for your input. By the way dumping here is free if this helps with your thought process.
  2. waffletown20

    waffletown20 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 100

    I charge $40 hr.
  3. Jerry and Sons

    Jerry and Sons LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 249

    40 an hour is just to suck the leafs and go?
  4. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,756

    I charge $65.00 per hour + local dump fees ($25.00 full load)

    my box is 14X7X6.5 so I can fit a fair load in there but I charge each person for a full load.

    I marketed to other landscapers for a year or two. Most didn't take it the right way. They though I was trying to take over their business or stick my nose in the wrong places.
  5. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 423

    charging 60 and hour...there are plenty of lawns to go around so if everyone charges about the same, then the customers have no choice to chose the person that does the best job...why charge 40 an hour when you can charge 60 and run the lowballers out of business...most lowballers do not last...I am new to this business as far as being an LC owner, but I am know not to lowball the others...
  6. gman44

    gman44 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    If you are going to pull up to a site and just vac leaves then $40.00 - $50.00 per hour sounds fair . Have a minimum price in mind also , say $45.00 for those stops that are less than an hour . You can offer your services getting the leaves to the truck also .
  7. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 423

    learn from the posts 40 an hour man...
  8. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 821

    Being that you can dump for free, that is more money in your pocket. So $65 plus what it should cost to dump ($25). You are going to be able to load remove piles fast with that 20 hp loader. Get what you deserve.
  9. gman44

    gman44 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    Why would you charge another company $25 for a run that doesnt cost you anything ??

    Posts: 22

    Gas and labor for the machine, and travel time. ifthe other co dont like the price tell em to go out and buy a vac, a truck to haul the vac and find a place to dump them.

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