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How Much to Charge


LawnSite Member
Plattsburgh NY
Just wondering what others charge for equipment use on the job? How much do you charge by the hour 30, 40, 50 bucks an hour for tractor use? Do people charge the same price for loader work as they do backhoe work? Should it cost the same to remove stumps, as it does to dig a water line? Should it cost the same to spread topsoil on a lawn installation as anything else? Is it best to charge a flat tractor fee no matter the tractors use on the job?

I'm looking to add a tractor with a backhoe (probably a TC30) to may landscaping small business but am unsure what to charge for its uses. Any help from others familiar or in the business what be great. I just need a starting point or frame of reference.


LawnSite Bronze Member
Auburn, WA
With a TC30 TLB you should get at least $60/hr. A lot of it depends on what the local market will bear. I get $40/hr with my 17 hp tractor, which is less capable than yours. Also, since I don't have a backhoe, my insurance is probably less than yours. I charge by the hour for just tractor work, like brushhogging, loader work, grading, etc. For landscaping and installations I do a firm bid whether I use my tractor or not.