I hate King Sago Palms!!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by FLAhaulboy, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I thinned out these Sago's, took (4) hrs using the Stihl Kombi 130 chainsaw & Stihl 029. One hour to haul away-$20 landfill fee for HUGE pile of debris. I quoted $250 for the whole job. I most of been insane to quote such a low price (I blame the extreme heat...addled my brain!) Should of charged at least $450. I went off quoting my regular hour fee thinking this was a "easy" job & quoted a set price. I cussed myself out good the first (2) hours! :nono:

    The tree in the middle is a American Chest nut. Beautiful tree.



  2. So you made almost $50/hour and your complaining?
  3. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Hell yeah, when he could make $60/hour mowing.

    I'd much rather mow than deal with sagos, bees, fronds, clean-up, etc.
  4. ill take money most ways it comes.....

    you will be hard pressed to make 60/hr mowing in florida
  5. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Yep, I'm complaining. I blame "me". Big dumb idiot! :hammerhead::hammerhead:

    I'm to busy with work and it was foolish to quote such a low price for one client and not another. After finishing, the client even said, I think you "under quoted" for the job! Yep. :hammerhead::hammerhead:
  6. It happens. Move on. I get mad when I quote at 50/hour and end up making 35-40/hour b/c I underbid.
  7. NarNar

    NarNar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Yeah, Sagos are PITA plants. But $50.00 an hour is good money though. I would take that also!
  8. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 780

    I know nothing about those kinds of trees as we do not have them in Wisconsin... lol... BUT, I can tell you that you made more per hour then our labor rate for landscaping. Very competative here.
  9. etlandscaping

    etlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    The problem is it took you 4 hours....
  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,737

    That's what I was thinking. Chainsaw? What for? Pruners, a couple hours and job is complete. Take the pups, pot them and sell them next year.

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