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Dozer work per hour?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Bunton Guy, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,917

    This one is out of my league. I just bought a new house with 3 acres behind it that is wooded. Im looking to find someone to doze about a half acre or so in my back yard. Mainly looking to have the light trees knocked down and leave the big ones. Any trees less than 6" across must go anything larger I want to keep for shade.

    Anyone know the going rate per hour for someone to do dozer work? I would rent a skid steer but not sure that would do the job.

    Just trying to get my figures right so nobody tries taking advantage of me when I call around.

    If anyone is interested and local to me your more than welcome to come do this for me(rather give my project to someone on this site if they are close enough to do the job)

    I live in Stanfield NC just outside of charlotte by about 10-15miles. 3 miles off Albermarle road between locust & midland
  2. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    It really depends on how big of a dozer that is used. A lot of guys, including myself, bid mostly by the job. Hourly wages vary in different parts. A "finish" dozer, which can range anywhere from 14,000lbs. to 21,000lbs. will run you anywhere from $75/hr.to $150/hr, plus travel time. Most guys are somewhere in the middle, but there are always the low-ballers who work for coins and end up out of business in a couple of years.:nono: I'd go with someone in your area with a good reputation, even if it costs more up front. You'll probably save more in the end anyway.
  3. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    $85/hr + $85 move-in was what I was quoted last week for a 650 Case w/6way ~ 22,000#

    This guy is a real artist and quick, I insist on him (owner) as operator, rather than his help, but let him very VERY flexible with his scheduled time, so he can fit it in while his crew is occupied elsewhere. And he likes to get time on his machines. He is worth the wait, as over 40 yrs in our climate / terrain he can think of lots of things to save future grief.

    He's bringing in his D8 with stump splitter for my 5' Dia stump problems at the 'Boulder-field' project.

    $500 move in + $500 minimum (he said he can do ~ 20 stumps and 1 acre of boulder grading for that)

    His NEW 160 Kobelco trackhoe is $135/hr + $135 move-in.
  4. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    Dozerman...a couple years to go under? Sheesh, some of the lowballers that were knocking us hard last year didn't even make it through one winter up here.... the reason I know is that they are calling me now to go to work for me or they are calling me and asking my hoe rates and how I "made it" last year while they didn't......These are the same guys that would tell the homeowner to have me bid the job, then call them and they would do the work for less than I bid it for. Needless to say, I got a short fuse for those guys...sorry to hijack.........
  5. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    janb- When you talk to the dozer operator that you're using, would you mind asking him how he likes his Case 650, if it's a K-Series? If it weighs that much it should be, plus it should have a cab and an attachment on back. 650K's start at 18,000lbs. That might be my next dozer, and I'm always interested in feedback from owners.

    RockSet N' Grade- I couldn't agree more about having a short fuse for lowballers.:angry: The guys who buy new, and don't have the work and try to lowball go under quick because they can't swing the payment every month. The biggest problem that we run into is the from the guys who have scrap iron on cleats that barely runs, going around bidding jobs for $55-$60 per hour. I won't even consider that, but it brings down the prices for everyone else. They will try to give the lowest price around so they can stay busy, but when you do that, all it does is dillute the market and they'll work forever breaking even.:hammerhead:
  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    We had a D8 come in last year had he charged $85 an hour.
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Don't know how you could even put fuel in a D8 for $85 an hour.
  8. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    This is his second 650, He likes them, and his son has one too, in a rental fleet. not sure if it is a K, It does have a HD set of rippers on the rear. Not positive on the total weight. The rental one is speced at 22,000 but comes with a brush rake and rippers. (and probably an inflated an weight rating)

    I rented it from him on our last 'homeschool spec house' ~ 5 yrs ago. I really liked it, and felt it to be quite productive...Love that steering. Was suprised that it could not budge some of my stumps. I eventually dug them out with my 350 trackloader, and they were bigger than the machine (that took awhile...,they were on a hillside, so I could excavate under and around them)
  9. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    Yep. $85 for a D8 is insane, even if it's an older one.

    janb- If it's a hystat, it's the K-series. I'm sure it is since they replaced the H's back around '03. They're really a sharp looking machine, but the weight is actually heavier than I'd prefer, since I work in a lot of tight areas on top of water, gas, septic, and power trenches. Then there's also basement overdigs. I'm afraid it might not be as quick and agile as my 550. It would be great in open areas, though. They do have good power. If you add cab and rippers, it's probably going to be around 21,000lbs. Those dual cylinder rippers are sweet! They are made be Heil. I like the way they lift high so they won't drag when you're climbing.

    Those stumps are tricky with a dozer. Even small ones don't push out easily, you have to dig around them first. If you can cut the roots that helps too.
  10. jd270

    jd270 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    a buddy of mine was charging 100 for his d7 and 110 for his d8 but that was a year ago but they have just been sitting in his shop while he is in arizona with his 345 track hoe decomisioning a copper mine

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