Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by kemmer, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    i have a customer that wants me to dig a ditch or trench, i havent see how long or wide, but i was just wondering what most of you charge per hr. for manual labor?
  2. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    For what purpose do they want the trench dug?

    Do they want a 4" drain line dropped in it, or do they want a swale created?

    We typically charge around $40 per hour for labor, but that is OUR overhead, not yours.....

    When it comes to moving dirt, we tend to save our backs as much as possible and get whatever machinery makes the job easier..........................

  3. firststarkid

    firststarkid LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I am about the same $50/hr. But like Dan said that is my overhead not yours. So do what you feel comfortable with charging
  4. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,306

    I could do it for 40/hr per guy. depending on the length I would probably use a Kubota if it exceeded something like 6-7 foot also depending on the soil type, take a shovel wtih you to the estimate and dig a hole. I read your post with the specs of the job, see if you can get a kubota because you could knock it out in like 4 hours with a machine a little hand work.

  5. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    13 dollars a foot is what I charge pipe or no pipe

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