can I make money just digging holes?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by BCF, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. BCF

    BCF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    Well I'm getting a mini skid loader next week, and I've been thinking about trying to go a new way with the business. I was thinking about marketing just digging holes. I know this works in other parts of the US and Canada, so why not here? I'm just curious if you deck builders all would/are using this service, and what kind of pricing there is. I'm in SE PA, and was thinking about $10/hole( fence hole), with a $200 min. I figure my main customers would be deck builders and DIYs. I can't think of the best category in the phone book to advertise under. Any thougths, advice, or criticism welcome.
  2. mjohnson1

    mjohnson1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    when i was building a fence for my goats i sure as hell would have paid someone to dig those post holes with an auger, and i only fenced about 1 acre. 3 corner posts, 4 gate posts, and 5 for the shed= me worn out. :weightlifter: i think i would have paid 10 a hole but the 200 min would scare me off.
  3. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    not to kill your idea my thoughts would be for a $200 min. someone could almost rent their own mini skid with auger. just a thought to keep in mind.
  4. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Rent a dingo for 170/day here..... with all the stuff on 1 trailer.
    Plus you have it the rest of the day to move materials.
  5. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I get charged 3-5 a hole here. Min of 75. I can tell you I use him every miniute I can. I put in 35 plants last week and it took me only 3 hours after he dug holes for me. Make really good money using him. I don't think the 200 min is going to get a homeowner to use you much.
    Some ideas along with post holes is excavation @ 75-100 per hour.
  6. cet

    cet LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 89

    One guy here is $10/hole with a 10 hole minimum and the other guy is $165 minimum. There are a few others but these guys are busy full time.
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    grave diggers make money digging holes. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    I always charged $10 a hole when I was working near someone who wanted some drilled.
  8. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Didn't your momma ever tell you to do something with your life?
    Didn't she ever explain the horrors of growing up and being nothing but a ditch digger?:usflag:

    But seriously........
    Ain't America a great place?
    You CAN earn a living digging ditches these days..............
  9. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    No kidding, you can make a better living digging ditches than you can alot of other things these days.
  10. BCF

    BCF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    THanks for the replies guys. The minumum pricing has me stumped. While I know there is some point where homeowners would be willing to pay a few extra $$ to rent a machine, I don't think it would be worth my time to trailer a $20,000 machine across for $50. If it was an everyday scheduled thing like mowing, sure, but people don't dig holes in their yards every week. I still deciding on the utility marking and liabilty. Could charge more if I assumed liabilty for geting lines marked, but I don't think most homeowners even think about checking for underground lines, let alone pay for that safety.

    Maybe gearing towards commercial planting is the way to go. I like that I can get an abumdance of attachments for this machine, which can further it's money making possibilites, but it's still not a full sized skid loader.

    My big fear is that since the digging here isn't alwyas horrible, that there will be no place for this to work. Maybe I need to move around a mountain.:hammerhead:

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