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Hourly rate for skidsteer and operator

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by lawnservices, Apr 8, 2001.

  1. lawnservices

    lawnservices LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 8

    A client of mine has a ned house that the yard is left rough by the builder. The area is so tight with trees that it is difficult to price. Has anyone ever used a hourly rate to protect oneself on a job such as this? Any help or advise is much appreciated!!
  2. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

    On odd jobs like the one you posted we get $50.00 per hour for the skidsteer and operator with a 3 hour minium.
  3. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Why are you pricing it by the hr? Are you just grading it?
    Ok skid steer with rake 750 per day, this covers you for travel and unless it's a big lot you can di it in a day.
  4. Kansas Turf Man

    Kansas Turf Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    We charge all of our jobs by the hour. We have a JD 4400 with all the toys. We charge $115 per hour when we supply the operator. $100 without the operator, but we only do that if we know the person. We always make money and are rarely turned down. If they don't want to pay for the tractor I simply get a crew of 5 or 10 and charge $15 per hour for each man I have on the job. They almost always choose the tractor once they figure how long it will take us to do the work with shovels. People will pay for the things if you just explain the math to them.
  5. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 695

    We're getting 55-65 w/ machine and operator.. Plus any attachments
  6. diginahole

    diginahole LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    We get $50/hr 3hr minimum. Clock starts at the shop and stops when we get back to the shop.
  7. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I charge 400/day plus the operator cost. That's about the same as the rental sites in our area charge to rent a bobcat with a trailer, but even if you rent it you still need a truck to haul it. Not to mention I can do in 2hrs what it would take most homeowners 4 hrs to do, and with a lot less collateral damage.
    Jim L
  8. kermit

    kermit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    Kansas Turf Man,how much do you pay your guys that you charge them out at only $15/hr? I pay my labour $9/hr and have to charge $35 to make any profit.
  9. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I'm with kermit on this one. I pay my summer help guys $10/hr and I have to charge a minimum of $30 pr man hr to make any profit at all. When I am done figureing in storage, equiptment cost and the requisite insurance that's the bottom line. I would be out of business quick at $15 pr man hr.
    Jim L
  10. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    I am with Kermit labour $35.00 an hour, foreman 45.00
    By the time you pay wages, and expenses, downtime and overhead you need this much to make a buck. Look at the cost of plumbers electricians and mechanics per hour from a shop and compare it to what they are payed by the shop

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