How's this for a low baller...

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by mow king, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Who gives a flying f*ck about Depreciation= Initial cost- salvage value/ useful life annual depreciation if that's what you are worried about, start wrapping rubber baby buggy bumpers on your skid steer because the second you get a scratch on it, you'll lose money!!!!!!

    Just run the god damn sh*t out of the machine and the hell with all the other crap, make money instead of worrying about crap that only accountants think about!
  2. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tell me your fuc$ing kidding.
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ron is right in some ways just run the machine and quit worrying if it will ever pay for itself. I wouldn't be running a machine for 20 dollars per hour that is way too low even for a old skid steer like the guy on Craigslist has.

    Talking to one of my owner operator friends the other day he said he won't run his gravel truck for anyless than 100 per hour the cost of fuel etc work for anyless your not making money.

    You can crunch numbers all you want but all it takes is one big problem like blowing a cooler line for the engine and it pumps out the oil and engine seizes up. Hydraulic fires are another problem and the machine burns up.

    Any of the contractors here they don't get involved in crunching the numbers if they need a specific machine they buy it. Skid steers have always been a low money maker around here with their limited uses they were never do make good money. Rubber tired backhoes are being phased out most contractors don't own one anymore if they do it is a older machine that has been paid for.

    Working for lowball rates you will never win.
  5. Ozz

    Ozz LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm with Ron. When something major fails, the machine's gone. It gets sent to wherever track loaders go to heaven- Probably with Burnout running them.

    I was odwn to one machine at the time I joined this site. I owned a mighty fleet (125C, 941B, 125E) of track loaders, and rebuilt them every seven thousand hours, and when it was time for the second rebuild, they left my posession.
  6. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    You have to factor in the truck and trailer and there is other business stuff. But at those numbers you could do better working at Menards(or somewhere else...) and taking a bunch of overtime, you would make more money.
  7. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
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    I wouldn't run someone elses machine for $20 an hour.
  8. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    I would!

    and seriously, Ron think about it. If he wants $20 an hour, pretty soon his name is out and he's busier than hell. And your sitting at home. What do you have to do to get work? Stoop to his level.

    So he is pushing the prices down in his area, hurting everyone.
  9. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,138

    I have dropped my prices, and I am cutting deals with customers to keep the work, I have a big 2 week job this winter (location and description is for my eyes only) hell I even bought an HD camera just for that work.
    My machine doesn't even pay for itself, but the way our tax system is set up and my income from the big iron, who gives a sh*t, it's still better than renting a machine.
  10. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    I thought you were kidding with these posts. I guess you do what you have to do if you don't have work, but it definitely is not profitible no matter how you spin it.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2010

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