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« on: November 04, 2008, 11:02:08 AM »
I get .35 b/ft-2xs and .50 b/ft-1xs custom sawing, how does this price compare to others? 8) ps they provide the logs. GO VOTE!! 8) 8) 8)
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Re: pricing
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 05:05:03 PM »
I won't saw by the foot. When you saw by the foot, there's no motivation for the customer to do anything to help you. There's no incentive for them to have decent logs or to have them properly piled, clean and limbed. When you charge by the hour, the customer can only benefit by doing all those things and then both the customer and the sawyer get a fair deal.

I charge $75/hr for retail type customers (not farmers or contractors or folks who might give a referral) I give a 20%discount for farmers etc. I don't (yet) charge for travel or setup, but I also don't saw full time for a living (I'm sort of retired), so I can afford to screen my customers and I only cut where I can make a decent buck. Sounds a bit mercenary??? Yup, it is, and I wish I'd been more mercenary when I started my last business 18 years ago. I'd have retired sooner...


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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 06:41:52 PM »
I charge .30 BF if they supply an offbearer, .35 if I have to off load. Most guys charge .25 BF around here. With decent logs I average $80.00 an hour minus blades, gas, oil, wear & tear. I also charge $10.00 if I hit metal and $30.00 if I ruin a blade on junk. I usually throw in a few extra BF at no charge if their good customers. (attitude)
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 01:39:46 AM »
I charge $.30 bft for softwoods and $60.00 an hour for hardwoods, log handling, chainsaw work ect. I also charge $1.00 a mile one way, and for damaged saws. Keep your billing simple and donít load the customer down with a lot of petty-hidden fees. Each customer gets a discount of some sort, like no mileage charge, extra bft, ect. Check with local sawyers and charge the same rate as they do.
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