Quick Price Check

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by GravelyGuy, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,544

    Just curious what would guys would charge to cut this small tree down and remove the stump and mulch ring in prepartion for grass? It's only as tall as the pic. Maybe 30-35 feet?

    This is a full service customer that relies on me for everything.

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  2. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    150 if i could fit it all on one trailer, then have a tree man do the stump. let him charge w/e and add that to the bill.
  3. ericmcj31

    ericmcj31 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    three hundred bucks or so--you're gonna have to haul it off and stuff I assume?? and add whatever stump grinder guy costs ya! Just remember that you're gonna have a CRAP load of mulch when the grinder is finished!
  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,544

    Yeah, I have to haul it off and it will fit on the trailer in one load. I would have about $85 into it with grinder rental and dump fee.

    Without really thinking, I was going to say 300-325. It's really not going to be to bad at all.
  5. mikewhit1010

    mikewhit1010 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    650 to take it down. Haul it off and clean up the mess around it and organize someone coming over to stump grind.
  6. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Doubt you will fit that on one trailer unless you have a machine to mash it down. You have I'd say a half days worth of work for cutting it down, placing everything in trailer and hauling it away. That's 400 right there...Stump grinding that is gonna run about 175-200. Then to cleanup the mulch bed and the like is gonna run a another few hundred.
  7. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,544

    What? I'll have this cut down and into sections big enough to fit on my trailer in less than an hour. I can have it hauled to the dump and have the stump ground out in four hours or less.

    I don't want to come off as a know it all because I know I asked the question, but this I know.

    I think the pics make it look bigger. Either way I'll gross 8-10k off of this customer this year so it doesn't hurt for me to give them a deal.

    I priced it at $325 and this does not include the reseeding of the area.
  8. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    I'd be around $600 or so all said and done...tree work is expensive...do not do it for cheap
  9. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    You asked what would everyone else charged and I answered.:confused:

    I'm not an arborist nor a "tree guy" by trade. We do take down small trees...as the one you have. I run 80 per hour for chainsaw work. At three hours thats 240 bucks in labor. Remove ALL that tree you are looking at at least two hours in travel time and unload time. I charge 40 per hour for general labor. Now its at 320 in just labor. I'll say somewhere between 50 and 75 at our tree cycle place for a trailer load. Therefore I'll stand behind my number of 400 JUST for the tree removal.

    Sorry but I can't see how at $325 you can get the tree down, removed, and stump ground down and come away with a legit profit. I don't know you expenses or your overhead but it seems awfully low. If you tell me 325 for the tree removal, yes I could see that.

    Not trying to come off as a know it all either, but what are your overall expenses on this job? Distance of travel, fuel, dump fees, equipment rentals, etc.?

    I know what you are thinking as far as a good customer and spend a lot of money. I believe in giving a slightly better deal to good customers, but you still are in the business to make money.:waving:
  10. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    I could easily net 250 in 4 hours at his price.... (of course, I'd actually have to see it to be sure) I've done this a million times.... that tree could be down and hauled away in 1.5 hours easy.

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