stone price?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bobbygedd, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    today was the 2nd time this week i quoted a stone job and almost had to hold the guy from falling over. what r u charging? i've heard crazy things like $60, $70 a ton. i would not even consider it at this price. my price is alot higher. i quoted a 7 ton job today, 3/4 red stone, at $805. bed edging was additional. what r u charging?
  2. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    I had that same problem. Figuring my labor time I always did quotes at 102 a ton. Truth is I never got a job doing it at that price. Right now we charge 81.00 a ton and still get turned down alot. I have come to the realization you just cant make money laying the stones in my area. So my biggest money maker are the hardscapes like patios and walls and the plants. I usually just brake even on the stone which is stupid because it is alot of gruntwork. That and I try and talk people into bark alot.
  3. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    Bobby...never less than what you are charging...we include the landscape fabric install in the price and edging is extra like you.
    Stone is a btch to install ..never less than $100 ton..
    if they can find someone else to do it for less thats fine with me
  4. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    last year i was at $130 a ton, and got a few jobs, this year i came down to $115 to compete. 3/4" red cost me $28 a ton. i aint humpin 2,000 lbs of stone for less than $115. tell me how people are doing it for $60-$90?
  5. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    get this one BG..a friend told me this week he was out bid on a 30 ton stone install by a guy who gave a price of $65 a ton INSTALLED!!!! At $30/ton for red gravel, that means this yahoo is lugging this stuff for $35/hr!!!!!

    I just laughed...about 3 tons into the job this moron will either quit, rent a machine and lose his arse, or be there for 2 months getting it done. I dont find too many "companies" or whatever the word is for these morons, even offering to do a bid on stone least they seem too know its about 3 times harder than installing mulch

    stick to your price and move on
  6. desertrat

    desertrat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    I wish I could get $100 a ton for deco-rock. I charge $30 to install, and some people look at me like I am crazy. There are guys around here that will install for $15. I sell rock part-time, and it goes for around $35 a ton, so I charge $65 installed. A 10 ton job usually takes 2 hours, with 2 guys. I pay my helper $50, so that leaves me $250 for 2 hours work. The rock is delivered, so all I do is show up with shovels and Wheel barrows. Our best time was 14 tons in 2 hours.
  7. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob3: hey bobby, we charge $120.00 per ton, this doesnt include edging or fabric. i charge a $1.00 a foot to re cut the edge. tony
  8. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    What? Was it dumped right into the area you were spreading ... cause if you had to shovel and wheel it ...well lets just say Ill sub out all our stone to you!

    Your quote sounds in line Bobby.
  9. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    2 guys doing 14 tons in 2 hours, man the navy seals would like to talk to you.

  10. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Last stone we did, we used the tractor to dump (slowly) into two wheel barrows. Could get about two WB trips with one tractor bucket (JD 4300). IMHO, that's about the easiest way to load the WB's. Screw that shovelling cr*p until clean-up....:D


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