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Hourly rate on a backhoe

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MagLan, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. MagLan

    MagLan Member
    Messages: 60

    I have added a backhoe with a 12' pro tech pusher to the fleet this season, and we do some hourly work with it. I'm looking for some ideas as to what anyone else with this setup are charging per hour??? I am in central IL, and I know the area greatly affects the response here. As a baseline, trucks run about $85/ hour on average for a 9'2" power V.

    Thanks for any advice in advance!!
  2. siteworkplus

    siteworkplus Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 514

    $115 to $130 in mass....4hr min(which I think is low for a 80K+ machine -JMO)

    we get $100 per hr on avg (watchout lowballers) during the summer months
    12ft pusher is a good size for a backhoe, but makes it cumbersome to move site to site
  3. vlc

    vlc Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    I get $100/hr with my little toro dingo :) I definitely need something bigger because I feel like I'm stealing money
  4. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Off subject but.... No pictures of the new set up?!?!?
  5. MagLan

    MagLan Member
    Messages: 60

    Thanks for the replies guys!! I was thinking ballpark $125.

    Sorry no pics right now, it is on site in town from the last storm still...
  6. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Ah, ok.........
  7. siteworkplus

    siteworkplus Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 514

    Anything that has an eng should be $100 min IMO
    3:00am - 15deg--30mph winds --snow flying sideways--Why am I doing this? Oh yea for that $100 an hour
  8. brianbrich1

    brianbrich1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,102

    $135-$140 is a good starting point.
  9. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I used the Trojan wheel loader and 14' pusher last weekend for an emergency job (giant squeegee for water flooded parking lot lol), worked for 3/4 of an hr and he seemed thrilled when I told him $200 (equaling $267/hr). Normally I would be around $180/hr give or take, I don't really do hourly work with it for the most part.

    Your machine is a little smaller, but I don't see any reason not to charge in the $125-150/hr range if you can get it. You should have an idea what your operating costs are...
  10. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    The 12ft pusher will plow easily twice as much as your pickup so asking 1.5 times he hourly rate your trucks gets isn't being greedy. Your better off trying to get away from hourly work as hourly doesn't pay you properly for being productive.
  11. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    I dont know how you can be less than $150 an hour to make it worthwhile, unless its an old backhoe

    Im at $175 but I would never charge by the hour
  12. OldSchoolPSD

    OldSchoolPSD Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    I'm at $135 with no pusher box. Backhoes ain't cheap.
  13. MagLan

    MagLan Member
    Messages: 60

    Yeah its an older 310d deere...about 25k invested in it. Thanks for the responses! This def gives me an idea!! We don't do much stuff hourly...only some custom stuff on occasion for another company.
  14. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn Senior Member
    Messages: 728

    Defiantly have to be over 125 I'd go for 150, you know what it cost to have someone come out and repair a flat rear tire or blow hydraulic lines in the middle of the storm? Not cheap get what you need to make it worthwhile. It sucks plowing for a storm for free over a flat tire.
  15. UltraLwn&Lndscp

    UltraLwn&Lndscp Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    $150/hr minimum or stay home.
  16. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    125 with out the pusher 150 with the pusher, 3 hour minimum charge.