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 01-27-2004, 18:12 Post: 75244
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I'm thinking about doing custom work.I don't know how much to charge.I live in Iowa.The equiptment I have is an 4400 with a 72 inch mower deck and a 6 ft 3pt blade and fel.I made an lawn vac.for this also.Any help would be apprecated.






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 01-27-2004, 19:59 Post: 75248
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$25 - $35 per hour would not seem to be unreasonable to me. In more urban areas; I would expect to see more along the lines of $35 - $45 per hours. You are gonna have to check around and try to find out what others in your area charge for similar work or go the trial and error route.






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 01-27-2004, 20:06 Post: 75249
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Depends on what you want to do. I charge $150 a day for the tractor. $50 an hour for skilled labor and $25 an hour for unskilled labor. Skilled labor is equipment operation (tractor and lawnmower), equipment repair, snow removel, anything requiring thinking or talking, etc. Unskilled labor mulch work, hand labor, leave removel, anything not requiring thinking or talking. But i can charge that because i have a good reputation and a waiting list. But somethings change if i only use the tractor for 5 minutes i don't charge for it, if its there all day i do.

It also depends on the customer. If it someone i done work for a long time, then i don't even charge them for litte stuff that takes 10 minutes or less. Or big tipper, I got one guy i plow his drive way for $50 and get a $25 bonus. He gets the snow knocked off his car and dug around for that. If they bitch about the price, then don't give them any slack. I hate that. I really hate it when you go collect your money and they say i didn't do enough work. Then try not to pay you. A couple of times i have over bid something and tell them it is less then i quoted, they usally give it to you all. Or if you under bid it, bite the bullet and tell them it took you longer and still are going to charge them the same. Say hello bonus. Once again it depends on the customer. I got a couple of customers i don't even bother telling a price to, because i have done so much work before. They know i am not going to rip them off.

If you are good, then they will come.






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 01-28-2004, 07:06 Post: 75272
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I live in Iowa and do some custom work for neighbors, mowing,fertilizing, spraying, etc; I charge $35.00 an hour whichis the going rate here.

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 01-28-2004, 07:53 Post: 75276
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Never thought of mowing and such as custom work, I'm going to be painting flaming hay bales on my neibors AC D-15 this spring as he going to be heading the annual spring parade through town this year.that's what comes to mind when I think Custom work.






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 01-28-2004, 08:00 Post: 75280
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plots, now that is a unique and cool idea! Laughing out loud! That sound pretty neat, picturing that in my mind.






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 01-28-2004, 10:43 Post: 75298
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wtimpe, When your machine is worn out and you add up its original value,plus ALL the costs of operation, plus a dime for your pocket, how much SHOULD you have charged?
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 01-29-2004, 12:35 Post: 75390
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Hmm, more like about $52.50 an hour is about what must J.D. shop are going for right now. But they can't do really any kind of custom work....






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