ArboristSite.com Sponsors
 
 


  1. Please see this post Click Here Please ask questions if you have them!! I hope this is going to be great for us all.
    Dismiss Notice

Am I over pricing myself to split logs?

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by Eagle90301, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Eagle90301

    Eagle90301 ArboristSite Lurker

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2018
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Joliet, IL
    I decided a few months ago I was going to start a log splitting business to earn a little extra cash. I decided for now I’d travel up to 10miles each way. I was going to charge 35/hr to split and 45/hr to cut and split wood. I had 3 people contact me so far.
    the first one wanted a price to travel 20 miles each way (1hr each way)split and stack the wood I quoted them $300 they were happy but have not done job due to rainy weather.

    Second person( bottom photo) wanted a flat fee. I asked for a description of what was needed. They said cut and split about 10logs 9’ long and 1.5-2’ diamitor. I asked for either address or photos to see what I was working with. I decided on $300 to unstack Logs cut to length, and split. I eplained I needed to charge more to carefully get logs off the pile. this job is about 20 minutes from me. Am I on the right track with pricing?

    The 3rd person has a small pile about 30 minutes from me and was ok with the $35/hr to split just waiting on weather.
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Little Al

    Little Al Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2009
    Messages:
    2,860
    Likes Received:
    2,117
    Location:
    Midi pyrenees FRANCE
    Our firewood sales ; splitting is standard in the Cubic Metre price .Logs left in the round cut to 30 or40 cm's are cheaper we charge 50 euros per cubic metre if 3 or more metres are purchased at any one time this is for oak approx 12" in the round & split 3/4 pieces dependent on customers requirement This is only a sideline to the main logging business so its secondary job
     
  3. lknchoppers

    lknchoppers ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2014
    Messages:
    462
    Likes Received:
    633
    I would say you are doing good. If they are hiring you then you are in the Ballpark.
     
  4. ropensaddle

    ropensaddle Feel Lucky

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Messages:
    22,230
    Likes Received:
    5,279
    Location:
    Hot Springs Arkansas
    Set your price based on your time and labor and wear and tear they either agree or not. As far as what I'm seeing looks like a cord each first two piles a maybe 2 in last. I tell folks all the time that the wood is free the labor is what i charge for "just saying"
     
    Ryan'smilling likes this.
  5. ropensaddle

    ropensaddle Feel Lucky

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Messages:
    22,230
    Likes Received:
    5,279
    Location:
    Hot Springs Arkansas
    I would tell them cord price and a true cord will take you minimum 4 to 5 hours to cut split and stack .
     
    Ryan'smilling likes this.
  6. Ryan'smilling

    Ryan'smilling Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Messages:
    1,875
    Likes Received:
    3,672
    Location:
    Western WI
    You need an understanding of your costs, as I said in your other thread. You can't just judge how well you're pricing things based on how excited people seem to hire you. If you're only making $1 an hour, you can't make up for that by doing a lot of hours...
     
    CacaoBoy likes this.
  7. ChoppyChoppy

    ChoppyChoppy Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2013
    Messages:
    8,815
    Likes Received:
    8,130
    Location:
    AK
    We charge $30/hr per person just to stack wood. If I had to drag equipment out to do a job, it's $135/hr per piece of iron.
     
    lknchoppers likes this.
  8. lknchoppers

    lknchoppers ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2014
    Messages:
    462
    Likes Received:
    633
    This past spring one of my customers had some trees cut, looked to be about 2 cords or a little more. He wanted me to come split it. I gave him an upfront price of $250 and he would have to help. I ran the splitter and he basically fed it. We finished in 4 hours, no stacking just threw it in a pile. He was happy and so was I. I towed the splitter about 30 minutes drive to get there.
     
    Jakers likes this.

Share This Page