I'm proposing a job that is basically mine that will require a day with a Deere 200c or so. I don't have my rental book with me but you get the idea, good size excavator. Yes this is something I can operate safely and productively but "productively" is my problem. I can go in and get a lot done with this machine quickly. I'm cutting down a 10' "cliff" for about 150-200'. At the top of the cliff I can only go back 20-40' depending on relation of a drainfield to the area. I'm just going to slope it and pin down Curlex with seed to pass inspection and allow the owners to move into the house. Later a wall will be built. I'll be on the job for 3 days doing the above (2 of us)........excavator 1 day and either a T190 or TL150 skid for smoothing things out and moving soil 150' away from excavated site. Then seed + Curlex. If I charge my hourly rate that in the "norm" is $50 per man hour I won't get much out of this job. I also don't plan to charge that cheap of a rate to operate equipment........both rented. I was thinking $1,000 per day on top of material/expenses. I'm beginning to get into more grading only I haven't had to price such stuff vs in the past being given a plan and told to go make it happen. Thoughts? I'll be getting pictures and correct measurements tomorrow.