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how to charge for stump grinding

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rosarioslawncutters, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. rosarioslawncutters

    rosarioslawncutters LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    hi...i have been in the lawn care for only 2.5 years..I was hoping to add stump grinding this year but I would like to know how to rate the job..

    thanks

    god bless America
     
  2. climber338

    climber338 LawnSite Member
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    I dont do it but from what ive seen its about $2.50 per inch across. If the tree is 24 inches across then that would be $60 which IMO is not enough. I would start out with a $100 minimum price and then figure out when you start adding onto that price. If it were me thats how i would do it. I do work in tree care but i never do stumps. Just some advice sense you are in the Springfield area like me i would get a larger saw with a bigger bar say 24 inches so you can take the stumps down. I would also contact a local tree care company that does not offer stump grinding and see if you can follow them around to grind the stumps for any clients that want them done. Good luck and ill probably see you around.
     
  3. rosarioslawncutters

    rosarioslawncutters LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    i thought that the price was per square inch...example..24 inch across (diameter) equal to 452 square inches at $2.50 cost $1130 sounds high to me but i also hear people charging $1.00 per square inch...i am confused
     
  4. climber338

    climber338 LawnSite Member
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  5. rosarioslawncutters

    rosarioslawncutters LawnSite Member
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  6. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 LawnSite Member
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  7. EcoGreen Services

    EcoGreen Services LawnSite Member
    Posts: 205

    Going rates around here for grinding 6" below grade.

    12" diameter and under
    $2.50 / inch for softwoods
    $3.50 / Inch for hardwoods

    12"-24"
    $3.50 / inch
    (very few 12"+ softwoods here)

    24"+
    $4.00 / inch

    Yes sounds expensive, but grinding a old 36" Maple takes a long time.


    $100 minimum within 30km
    $150 minimum over 30km within service area

    If over 6 stumps are to be done it's quotes on a job price. but normally if there are large quantities they're dug out with a large excavator using a hydraulic root shear , even at $150 a hour a good operator can dig out 8-10 per hour for large maples.
     
  8. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    Do you quote trunk diameter at ground level, or do you quote diameter at lowest grind depth. I have seen some guys that say they one way, and some another.
     
  9. EcoGreen Services

    EcoGreen Services LawnSite Member
    Posts: 205

    At ground level, the measuring caliper is placed on the ground.
     
  10. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    Is clean up priced as an extra service.
     

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