A member on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum talked with us on a job he recently completed that involved a tree which was blown over. How much should you charge to cut up and remove an uprooted tree? Well of course it depends on your expenses but this should give you a little insight as to how another lawn care business owner estimated it.
He wrote “This tree was 50 ft tall. It’s a pretty simple job since the spruce was uprooted and laying on it’s side. I didn’t have to grind the stump at all, so that cut down on the time.
I just pulled it out of the ground with my knuckleboom truck and chopped it into manageable pieces.
I did this job in 2 hours because I have the right equipment, which includes a dump truck, 12in chipper, and a 27ft knuckleboom. If you don’t have such equipment you could spend a lot of time on this type of work. Say you just have a truck and a trailer loading and unloading takes time, then removal of the wood cutting each section into firewood length and then hauling away. Last if you can’t remove the stump completely you have to grind the stump.
You have to figure if you rent a chipper for $100.00, rent a stump grinder for $50.00, $20.00 for gas and say it takes you 4 hr’s, 1 worker 10.00 hr=$40.00.
That’s $210.00 total in expenses.
If you got the job for $400.00, you made $190.00 profit that’s $47.50/hr. I have a set price per hour and I know how long it takes me to complete a job. I would recommend experimenting with your bidding procedure and learning from your mistakes.”
When it comes to the cost of rental equipment, another member said “I would love to find where I can rent a wood chipper for $100 a day. Where I’m at it’s $200 for 1/2 day any $250 full day.”
Keep these thoughts in mind when you are out there bidding on your own tree removal jobs.