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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by conceptscapes, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. conceptscapes

    conceptscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Any suggestions on price for 8-800lbs boulders delivered and installed --3 in front yard and 5 in the back. Only access is 40" gate large enough for my bobcat with forks?
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    Real Simple: charge hourly.

    and charge a move in fee.


    SOUTHERNGREENSCAPES LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    here is one for you. i have a guy call me today wanting to have some boulders moved. I get there and he is wanting to have three 5ft around granite boulders (8,000lbs.) moved out of his yard completely. I gave him a ballpark price of $2,500 and told him we would bring in a crane and a dump truck. You should have seen the look in his eyes...
  4. conceptscapes

    conceptscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    thats what these customers wanted something along the line of 3000 boulders, catch is only a 40" access to the backyard, so i told them a crane as well---they quickly decided to go with the 800lb boulders.
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    one of the WB mini skids will handle the 40 inch gate and 800# boulders. Question is will the boulders fit through the gate...keeping in mind how you would have to have them on hte forks.

    I agree with above...hourly rate.
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Cranes are not all that expensive. Call Smiley crane, I haven't used them since gas went through the roof but I bet you can get their small crane for an hour for less than 200. The other option is the Boulder dollies you can rent them from A to Z We used to move 8-1200 lb boulders with them. I sure don't miss the heavy lifting.
  7. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I charge 200 dollars per boulder, delivered and installed and if there is brick to be cut and shaped around I charge a little extra.

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  8. Summit L & D

    Summit L & D LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I don't know if they're still around, but Bob McKenzie with Aztec Boulders did some fantastic work for us a few years back. Send me a PM if you'd like the number that I have for them. He had a good sized crane that could put down a 2,000 lb. boulder 60' - 80' from the crane base.
  9. ANC Stone Creations

    ANC Stone Creations LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    Have you thought of using manmade boulders?

    With this option you may build them as large as you want, and stain them pretty much any color the job calls for, or sub it out to faux stone company.

    The price of the material would cost a little more but you would not need any heavy machines like with natural stone, so the price should be pretty close either way.

    I know of a company that builds custom boulders for all types of applications.

    I will attach a picture of one let me know what you think.

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  10. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    Where are you guys getting the boulders at a reasonable price? Anyone around here is charging 250 to buy three 100-200 pound boulders.

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