I live in Lexington, KY and over the weekend we got hit with an ice storm real hard. I do mostly maintenance so I had to rent a chipper and pole saw from Knoxville since everyone around here was out and anyone who had chippers only had 3-4" ones. The one I got is a 9" Diesel. I am using my 8'x12' flatbed for loading and one other guy. So far everyone that has called dosen't ask for a price, they just want it done. So what I've set is a $100/hr price on 5+ hours or $125/hr for up to four. This leaves me with around $65 hour for myself including rentals, fuel, anyother variable expenses. This is fair as far as I'm concerned, however, the local media is all over guys for charging too much or price gouging. Basically guys trying to get rich on the storm, kind of making it sound like we should be out here doing it as a good citizen deed, not as a profitable business. Also, I fell asleep before the report ran on the 10'oclock news last night and didn't get to hear what they consider that to be but I was wondering what some of your thoughts might be as far as gouging. Also, for what we've got now, am I in line. Seems that are one of the few to have this much going right now, except tree companies, most are local country boys with a couple chain saws that are leaving everything by the curb for the city to pick up in about a month. We are also getting done 2-3 times faster than them with the chipper. PS My rental on the chipper is $615/wk and $133/wk pole saw including tax and ins.