How do I figure wear on equiptment?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Outdoor Creations, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. Outdoor Creations

    Outdoor Creations LawnSite Member
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    I was tring to figure out how I put into my pricing wear on trucks, skidloaders, mowers and all other equiptment in to each job. There has to be a standard that would be charged for each job. By the hour used? What better place than this to ask. Any info would be great!

    SILVERSTREAK INC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    a way to figure would be to count on all things to turn to dust after 7-9 years

    so inventory all your stuff and say its 90000, well figure you better be putting 10k a year away for replacments, obviously weedwackers and blowers wont last more than 3-5 and being that most have 8 months of the working season, that would be 1250 a month

    and if after 9 years you can still turn around and sell off the trailer and truck and put a few bucks towards the inflation (your 2004 f-250xl that cost you 24,900 is gonna cost prolly 30k by 2012) then good going

    i havent done this but have been thinking more and more about it, and if anyone has a gross margin precentage to add to a job cost that would be awesome!
  3. SwihartServices

    SwihartServices LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    I'm not an accountant but I'm pretty sure you account for it on your balance sheet as a contra asset called depreciation. I think it goes against equipment value. As far as finding what the dollar amount is I forgot the formula. I do know there is one. Just call up an accountant. They will know.
  4. SwihartServices

    SwihartServices LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    OK found the answer, the account is called accumulated depreciation. and the IRS has something called a general depreciation schedule that shows how much value a certain asset has lost over a certain period of time.

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