Pricing land clearing, Dozer vs Mulcher.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by KrayzKajun, May 19, 2013.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    What type of price differences are seeing between just clearing with a dozer and skid w/ mulcher?

    Im pricing clearing 2/acres right now, owner just wants the debris/trees pushed to back of the cleared area.

    Also i priced a 5/acre mulching job a few weeks back and the property owners were a lil shocked by the prices they got. Now they want a price to clear using a dozer and just pile up the derbis on site.
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  2. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What size is the Brush?
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  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Clearing everything 12" diameter and under(maybe a few larger trees) . Leaving the large live oaks.
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  4. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Around here you would be looking at about 1500 -2500 an acre to clear and pile .
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  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Using a dozer will likely kill the live oaks. Are they ok with that?
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  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pics of the 2acre tract im pricing to clear right now. Will be renting a Cat D3b. I was thinking in the $3500 range for the job.
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  7. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    In our area it's more about permits to clear then you have to silt fence then soil stabalization. Once you factor that in it becomes a game changer
     
  8. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
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    It's hard to tell from the pictures. How solid is the ground? Bringing a D3 in might sink if there are wet marsh spots. CTLs would too but have significantly less ground pressure

    Price it out based on how many hours it will take plus rental costs.

    Side note- someone once delivered a contract to me that said "homeowner will be responsible for towing and extraction in the event of soil movement/ unstable ground"- after reading that I went with the more expensive option because it didn't have that concern.
     
  9. KrayzKajun

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    I gave the guy a price of $3250.00 for the clearing and to bushhog the already cleared 5acres adjacent to this tract. Guess ill find out 2morrow if this job is a go.
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  10. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you are just pushing it into piles, it I think you will come out ahead if the rental is cheap. I hate renting.. rarely do it because of the hassle factor. I should probably do it more rather than pass on jobs but I figure if I'm not an ace in the seat, I shouldn't be running one. The only way I can get good is to pay the high rental fees or own one. I used to own a dozer.. should have kept it for jobs similar to what you are bidding but I rarely get the "push it into a pile" job because of our drought cycles.

    Good luck!
     

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