For All You Excavation Guys.....

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by texas, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. texas

    texas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    im testing the construction market. i found this website,, very helpful. what i cant figure out is how do you price hourly if you are say, demolishing a house? you're gonna have to bring a excav., skid, dumps, dozer, and maybe a mini ex. do you price all of them and add?

    thanks and i hope i am not making a mistake by testing this market. i think that with all the houses being built and trees being cleared though, i can bring in some $$$$$$$$.payup payup payup payup payup payup payup payup payup payup :drinkup: :drinkup:
  2. texas

    texas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

  3. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    what equipment are you looking at?
  4. tylermckee

    tylermckee LawnSite Member
    from wa
    Messages: 248

    you dont need all that crap to demo a house, all you really need is a 12 ton+ mahine, and either a dump truck or a hire an outfit to drop some dumpsters for the debris. Ive seen so many guys haul in 3-4 different pieces of equipment for one job when everything that the guy did could have been done with one machine, in the same amount of time. Just keep it simple.
  5. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    i've done a demo job with a 305 and a dumpster simple stuff.

    get steel tracks if your into alot of demo reason why is a trade trick...keep walking the machine over the rubble as it breaks it down and can keep dumpster space to a minimum.

    salvage anything u can it can keep yer costs low in a bid,look over the house before u bid and see what u can rip out,i look for piping,wireing,decent wood to salvage and bring that into yer quote,its labour intensive but its worth it.

    12 ton is nice with the weight and reach but as i said it can be done with a mini it just takes longer.
  6. jsbmaine

    jsbmaine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    Tandem Dump- $75 per hour
    Tri Axle Dump- $85 per hour

    Trackloader - $85 per hour
    Bull Dozer- $75 per hour
    Backhoe- $65 per hour

    These rates are about a year old though, so you also have to consider the cost of fuel.

    If you are pricing by the job, you have to figure your landfill costs too, usually per ton, and also you should have an idea of what is there that you might be able to salvage and sell.

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