stone price?

bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
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?
 

newleaflandscape

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Michigan
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.
 

GarPA

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
PA
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
 
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bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
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?
 

GarPA

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
PA
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 installs...at least they seem too know its about 3 times harder than installing mulch

stick to your price and move on
 

desertrat

LawnSite Member
Location
Tucson,Arizona
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.
 

kris

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
nowhere
Originally posted by desertrat
Our best time was 14 tons in 2 hours.

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.
 

D Felix

LawnSite Bronze Member
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


Dan
 

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