What Would the Charge Be?

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Landscape Poet, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ladder and hand saw. About 20 minutes each. I have a burn pit and a dump trailer I wait to get full before I make a trip to the nursery that takes my clippings. Only charges me 30 bucks for 5 tons. I'd do it and clean up the lower trunk for about $80 for the set.
     
  2. Ok, I think we beat a lot of this to death in the last palm thread. First, we need to determine size of palm, type, and how messy or clean it is. A queen or coconut that is done 2x/year properly that is 18-20 ft or less should take anyone with a good hand saw less than 10 min in the tree and maybe 5 more for cleanup. To charge someone $75 for this is ludacris. If that same queen palm hasn't been cleaned in 2 years, sure charge way more for it. If we are talking any Phoenix palm minus Pygmy date, I would charge minimum of $100 just to remove the fruits. Mike, those washy's aren't that bad and for what the customer wanted I would have charged $35-$40 per tree depending on if it is a good client or not. That would be to leave them curbside. If they want to take away, add those fees. Btw, you could have got an awesome pole saw for 1/3 of what you paid.
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  3. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    He can charge whatever he wants for those palms, if he has work, jack the price, if not get in the market. I'm not going to debate it with him... it's a dead horse here.

    A Silky or a power pole? If your going to clean those up with either, you'll be there a long time; ladder. saddle and a Stihl MS190: 10-15 minutes a tree top, loaded as the stuff is coming down, clean up 5-10 minutes, done. 25 - 40 minutes.
     
  4. Silky. Power pruners are a waste of money to me. If I am doing a palm, I'm on a ladder in the tree. You can't successfully remove fruits while keeping live fronds from the ground with a polesaw. I strictly use hand saws on palms. Then again, I only do ones for regular customers that are done more than once/year.
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  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Power pruners have their place. I take care of a lot of oaks that need the use of a power pruner. I would have to carry a pretty large A frame to get to it with a hand saw. A hand pruner is to hard to use on small limbs that move when trying to saw.
     
  6. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    One time deal.
     
  7. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    IF you guys do not think those are dirty - I simply do not know what to say. Do you know how much stuff can be living in those things, not to mention the fact if you get hit by one - it is not a good thing.
     
  8. From the pics I didn't see any brown fronds. What do you consider dirty? You said the person didn't request cleaning up the trunk so all you needed to do is remove fronds....using a pole saw on these is hard. Get in the tree with a handsaw.
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  9. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you use a hand saw and work on the backside of the tree you will not get hit. If you rope the tree and drop the frowns you won't break any windows or damage plants too. If you drove a truck with a real bed you could haul 10 trees worth of palms in the back LOL. It saves a lot of room if you cut the branches off the frowns themselves. I don't leave debris at the curb at customers houses. It's against city and county ordinances.
     
  10. 01thump

    01thump LawnSite Member
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    Wow strong posts from everyone ...i guess it comes down to what do YOU want to charge them for the palm work there really is no scale to justify the correct charge for this job or any job for that matter...charge what you think they will pay and you can cover your expenses and make a few bucks then sit back and listen to people tell you how ludicrous 75 a palm is or how cheap 75 a palm is or what tool to use to do the job and how you over paid for the tool you are doing the job with....lol
     

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