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Dozer work per hour.........

Discussion in 'Dozers' started by tnturkey, May 10, 2007.

  1. tnturkey

    tnturkey Active Member

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    What do you charge per hour for Dozer work? We have a JD 550G and charge 55.00 per hour. Just wondering if we were to high to low or about right
     
  2. surfer-joe

    surfer-joe Senior Member

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    For your location and the size machine you have, I'd say you are right on the money.
     
  3. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    I think you are too cheap. I can get $90 per hour with operator for a D5G and nobody complains.
     
  4. JBL

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    I charge $80 an hour for my case 750K.
     
  5. rino1494

    rino1494 Senior Member

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    We get $75/hr for our Case 450 and 550.
     
  6. DPete

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    $150 for our D8K's need to go up $10, don't really do that much hour work, mostly contract. DP
     
  7. RollOver Pete

    RollOver Pete Senior Member

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    Amazing...
    I often wonder how it is that I can stay so busy? :beatsme
    Our Cat D8R is $230.00 hr.
    As fuel prices continue to climb,
    so does my hourly rate.
    Why even turn a key if there is any doubt that you cant cover all expenses,
    plus put some $ away?
    On average, an operator is worth $55.00 hr.
    That covers all taxes, wages, workmans comp and benefits.
    What the operator actually gets paid is always a different story.
    Owner operator or company operator, it should make no difference.
    $55.00 hr is what we bill the customer.
    More often than not, they have a problem with our prices.
    At that point, I reach in my pocket, hand them $.50 and kindly suggest that they look in the Yellow Pages under "budget tractor renting and operating".
    For every 1 operator/tractor that gets paid what he/it's worth, there will be 100's that will work for peanuts.
    Sorry for ranting. Operating costs will always go up.
    I dont care if you have new or used equipment, or use union or non union labor.
    Operating costs always go up.
    I just don't understand why some lack the confidence and ability to demand a higher rate?

    :cool2
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2007
  8. DPete

    DPete Senior Member

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    Rollover, that's pretty good coin for a D8 , if the area will bear it more power to you. Could'nt get that here. :) DP
     
  9. Dirt Dogg

    Dirt Dogg Well-Known Member

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    Your way to cheap you could easily get 75 or 80. Just because you are using a smaller tractor doesn't mean it is not worth as much
    When you are doing work that is matched for that tractor its worth every penny.

    $1000 minimum
    D6R @ 125
    750 B @ 110
    200LC @ 115
    570A @ 100
    4WD & 18 yrd pan @ 140
     
  10. JBL

    JBL Well-Known Member

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    Dirt Dogg, you seem pretty cheap on the 18 yard pan. We charge $200 an hour for our 627A.
     
  11. Dirt Dogg

    Dirt Dogg Well-Known Member

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    I know its worth more, but when I'm working for farmers and they see a 4wd hooked to it, they automaticaly want to get theirs out of the shed to save money.
     
  12. tnturkey

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    We rank number 21 in Americas poorest counties :( I wish I could get 75 an hour it would help on the up keep and repairs. But people around here can't really afford to pay a lot of money for dozer work :(
     
  13. Deas Plant

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    Prices DownUnder.

    Hi, Folks.
    Just to add an 'upside down' aspect to this thread, the company I was working for 2 years ago here in DownUnder was then charging $125.00 Australian per hour for its Cat D5B dozer with rippers and its 2 Cat 953 track loaders with 4-in-1 buckets and rippers. The conversion rate then was around the US$0.75 to A$1.00 mark.

    Happy debating.
     
  14. Dozer575

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    I've been an operator many times. I would like some good pointers for going it on your own. I want to get a large dozer and rent it and me. Any good ideas for finding work?
     
  15. tnturkey

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    Put a ad in the paper and do a good job when you do get a job. Word of mouth and repeat customers will seal the deal. If you are not in a heavily populated area, you may want to get a backhoe, dump truck and trailer. That way you could dig basements and install septic tanks. Installing a septic tank takes about 2 days and we get around 2000.00 If someone is building a house and after you have leveled the site, you can get the backhoe to work and then use your truck to haul away the top soil or fill dirt. You can also use the dump truck to pull your equipment for job site to job site.
     
  16. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen Well-Known Member

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    $55 an hour is about what were are getting for manual labor. $75-95 an hour is what we get for skid loaders depending on attachment.
     
  17. topdigger

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    I have a Case 850G and we charge $125.00 for the first hour and $85.00 per hr after that, i think its close to the same size as your JD.
     
  18. andoman

    andoman Well-Known Member

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    I'm running two D3K's at $85 / hour
     
  19. 2stickbill

    2stickbill Senior Member

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    Man for $2,000 you would have to work nite and day here to keep from getting behind.I think here in my county the lowest is about $3,000.And the one with a sprinkler system starts at about $6,000
     
  20. Colorado Digger

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    man, i have a case 850 h and i am embarassed to say what i get for it. i guess wee are still getting decent money up here.