What to charge?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Scag48, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm kind of unsure of what to charge as far as skid steer work goes. I'm thinking $60 an hour for the machine and the operator. Also, the thread about mulch pricing, I'm going to start at $50 a yard, does that seem reasonable compared to my hourly skid steer rate? I don't want to be low, just dropped 21K on the machine, need to make money with it. Thanks!
     
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    50 a yard for mulch is a little on the low side for around here but still o.k. don't know about out there though.
     
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    How much do you get per hour for a skidsteer with operator? Maybe we could compare as a form of a ratio.
     
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Can't help you there scag, don't do skidsteer.
     
  5. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
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    $60-$80/hr.
     
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Okay, seems like I'm on the low side. I shall adjust to $70. I have 3 jobs lined up already for the skid steer. We are ordering forks, got the combo bucket, and are thinking about the backhoe attachment. If we get the backhoe attachment, I want the Cat one, so I can operate the backhoe from inside the cab, so you're not having to get off the backhoe to move the machine. Plus, the Cat backhoe has a sideshift, so you can get the bucket real close to buildings if you're trenching alongside a building or foundation. As far as mulch goes, we will be spreading alot soon, as all the jobs lined up will involve mulch. Thanks guys! I need an opinion on the Cat backhoe, if anyone has an opinion on it.
     
  7. mottster

    mottster LawnSite Member
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    we have the combo bucket, forks for our bobcat 773 at work.

    If you do any tree work or cleanups or anything that you get agrivated with picking the stuff up with the combo you should check out on the grappler bucket alos...we use to for when we trim trees or remove trees...you just dump the tree over and use the grappler to load huge amounts of the tree onto the trailer at once.
     
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have thought about the grapple bucket. We're not doing any tree work yet, but if that type of thing comes up, we will sure consider the grapple bucket.
     

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