Wow! Strange request for my services.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by KrayzKajun, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think it's ripe for pickin....

  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Almost done, just add swamp water, humidity and heat.
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  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Won't the gators and nutrea just eat them.
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  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    We will be picking up dead gators,hogs,deer whatever animal remains we come across.
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  5. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
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    seems like that would be a good tv show....dead animal hunting.....would give the turtleman a run for his money.
  6. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
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    I've done this before though it was on ranch land removing dead cows from thick woods. I think I removed 7 in one day. Had to cut my way into some places, get the animals pulled out with the Bobcat and loaded on a trailer where I had to then unload them at another location for burning.

    It's nasty work. Your machines, if they are cab and air, will smell awful for weeks. Ditto for the trailers and attachments. The animals I was tasked with removing had only been dead 6 days and though it was summer, the carcasses still had sufficient strength to hold together while moving around though anything and everything dripped or fell out of vulture holes.

    I would charge your normal daily rate plus 50% premium just for the disease and disgust factor. If you normally charge 90 per hour, I'd look at 130-140/hr. $1200 a day isn't unreasonable for the risk of sinking a machine or getting sick.

    As for rentals, sunbelt isn't going to want their machines in the muck and stench.. possibly looking at big cleaning bill plus the operator is being paid for the expertise of knowing the area and risk of sinking a machine where it might still be flooded.
    If they don't want to pay, let someone else take the risk. You probably don't need the practice. It is a cool sounding job if you can handle the disgusting part. I have moved a lot of dead (human) bodies over the years and was prepared for the smells. Even with cab and air, I had to hold my breath a few times but I have to say it was pretty cool to do the recovery.
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    FeBreeze will make your machines and clothing smell better. If all else fails, grab a portable ozone generator and park the machine inside a shipping container and let it sit over night with the generator on.
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  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks fellas. I was in the ballpark range of $2500/day for truck,dump trailer, skid and tractor.includes 2 equipment operators, truck/dump trailer driver, groundman. And for me i was thinking in the $350-450 range
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  9. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    You are cutting your me rate short IMHO.
  10. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Good Lord, I'd skip this job offer.

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