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Subcontractor pricing and off-season work

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by eortheain, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. eortheain

    eortheain Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I'm planning to do some subcontracting work this winter. I have a midsized backhoe (John Deere 420E, 4x4, 1.5cy bucket, 14" containment plow) and I'm trying to figure out how much to charge per hour in my bids.

    I know that other subcontractors in the area charge about $65/hour for a pickup+plow, same for Bobcats, but have no real idea how much the backhoe folks charge

    Given that, what's a reasonable rate for a 4x4 backhoe?

    I'm in the Northern Virginia area.

    Also, an unrelated question: what is the best way to find plumbers, septic field contractors, excavation and grading companies, and so on, who might be looking for someone to help out when they're swamped or on weekends when their regular employees are off?
  2. accipiter12

    accipiter12 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    My boss's husband operates at $65/hr if he needs to charge by the hour. He usually just gives a flat out price...long story. He also charges a $500 minimum. Just some numbers I've heard of.