how much do ya'll charge for tractor work?

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by gumper48, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. gumper48

    gumper48 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    have run into some usees for a compact tractor-
    some holes to dig, stumps that need to be dug up, need fill dirt to fill in vacant mobile home lots-
    as ageneral rule, ball park amounts, how much per hr would you guys charge for tractor work-
    with my mowing i have it down to charging by the minute then rounding to the nearest $5.00.
    i'm in sw fla, so no snow moving will likely be involved.
    with my old kubota L175, no fel or bh just pulling a box blade i charge 50.00 per hr. am thinking that fel and bh work is a little higher.


  2. vadeere

    vadeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Anywhere from $50 for "easy" loader work to close to $80 for bush hogging. Usually landscaping the tractor fee is hidden to the client but you still get your money for it. If I were you I wouldn't charge under $75 for any task just because of the effort to load the machine up and come out to the jobsite. For reference I'm using a 32 hp John Deere 4wd. Bigger machines can get bigger rates and vice versa.
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,899

    $100 an hr and a 4 hr. min. If they don't like the price rent one and learn to use it, that eats up 8 hrs fast and then they still have a crappy job.
  4. vadeere

    vadeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Good point OTD. I was beginning to think my rates were too cheap. An experinced operator can accomplish alot in an hour, might as well charge for that experince and expensive tractor. Just a guess here but I would bet I could get more done in an hour than a newbie tractor operator in four hours. Thanks for putting this in perspective. Thats what this site is about anyways. I think my tractor rates are going up next year. BTW what size machines are you running OTD?
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,899

    30-40hp compacts diesels with fels
  6. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    We have a L175 Kubota. This is a very small tractor (17 hp) and is limited to what it can do. We try to work in about $60 an hour for that unit. The Ford 420 (55 hp) gets around $125 an hour for summer and $200 an hour for winter.
  7. twj721

    twj721 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    Here we are charging $ 50.00 1st Hr and $30.00 per hr after the Hr with a $50.00 Min
  8. Bigblue250

    Bigblue250 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I usualluy get $65 an hour weather it is excavation or Gravely work. I found it better to do brush hog jobs per job, after you get used to a big Gravely brush mows like grass. Excavation is a can of worms depending on what is just beneath the surface.
  9. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    I charged $50/hr. when I had the old Allis Chalmers Big 10 and its front mount blade doing gravel driveways, filling in stump holes, ruts in yards, and levelling patio footings.

    Probably will be the same when I get the JD 300 back together and start using it for that work. That manual lift on the Allis got old fast and I'm looking forward to using those dual hydraulics on the 300.
  10. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,413

    We charge $65. pr hr, 4 hr minimum + a $75. transportation fee. Kubota B3030/ 403 fel.

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