Where at in southern IL? I know when I built my house I had a guy come out to dig the basement and I think he only charged something like $95 per hour. I think it only took him about 2 hours to dig the basement. So you might be better off just having someone come out and do the work for you???wanabe said:Well I called my Cat rental store and got a nice price of $750 a day for a 315, and they did not even have a machine available, or anything close in size! This is + trucking and diesel.