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Am I over pricing myself to split logs?

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by Eagle90301, Sep 13, 2018 at 6:48 PM.

  1. Eagle90301

    Eagle90301 ArboristSite Lurker

    Jun 9, 2018
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    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.

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  2. Little Al

    Little Al Addicted to ArboristSite

    Nov 4, 2009
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    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

    Oct 10, 2014
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    I would say you are doing good. If they are hiring you then you are in the Ballpark.

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