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Old 06-05-2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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I know some of you guys own bucket trucks. How much more above your regular rate do you charge if any? I was looking around as I get a few calls a month for parking lot light maintenance. I was considering leasing a bucket truck until I saw this....We get more than that just showing up in a van. I know ballasts and other repairs cost additional but it seems the labor will always be 89.95 an hour.......



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Seems that guy is seriously under charging for his bucket truck. From what I understand they need to be certified and maintained(at least any I use). I'd recommend not competing with him at the same level. I think if you have customers neededing bucket work that you might be able to schedule them on the same day or days and rent equipment more economicaly. That's my gut feeling unlesss you can really keep that truck rolling.

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Plus milage, minimum 4 hours, tool rental, manpower charge, fuel surcharge, 1000% markup on material, air fee?

He is making it up somewhere.
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Plus milage, minimum 4 hours, tool rental, manpower charge, fuel surcharge, 1000% markup on material, air fee?

He is making it up somewhere.[/quote]


You are probably correct about the minimum. I think a phone call is in order.
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I know some of you guys own bucket trucks. How much more above your regular rate do you charge if any? I was looking around as I get a few calls a month for parking lot light maintenance. I was considering leasing a bucket truck until I saw this....We get more than that just showing up in a van. I know ballasts and other repairs cost additional but it seems the labor will always be 89.95 an hour.......

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If you don't know then don't start doing lighting. All we need is another idiot thinking he knows how to pull a circuit so surely he can do lighting now.
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Plus milage, minimum 4 hours, tool rental, manpower charge, fuel surcharge, 1000% markup on material, air fee?

He is making it up somewhere.

You are probably correct about the minimum. I think a phone call is in order.[/quote]
I think you worry to much what others are charging.
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You are probably correct about the minimum. I think a phone call is in order.
I think you worry to much what others are charging.[/quote]

He is being smart to check prices before signing a lease for a bucket truck..

I see nothing wrong with doing your homework before signing the dotted line..
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My quote button is having problems or it just doesn't like who it quotes..
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He is being smart to check prices before signing a lease for a bucket truck..

I see nothing wrong with doing your homework before signing the dotted line..[/quote]
So you let lowballers influence your decisions? I wouldn't worry about what others were charging I would be more interested in looking at the "need" for a servce.
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Don't buy a bucket truck. They're a money pit, in my opinion. I figured it up, and you need to keep one busy at least 9 days a month to at least break even. I'm at 150/hr for the truck, plus the normal hourly rate for the man. Granted, it's used mostly on fixed price work, so the price per hour for anything doesn't really come into play. Parking lot light work is very often fixed price work.
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I could care less what you or anyone else charges. We are a high end contractor and don't compete with anyone. I want to know what the "going rate" is to see if it is worth the investment. Unlike you I run a very profitable electrical contracting company. I think before I do anything that involves spending money. I may be an idiot but I've grown our business every year since I took over. Even in a recession.
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When you call ask him to FAX over his insurance certificate. Might as well ask if he can trim a few trees, restring the flagpole and paint it too.
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Bid the work and hire the 89 dollar guy to do it.
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I could care less what you or anyone else charges. We are a high end contractor and don't compete with anyone. I want to know what the "going rate" is to see if it is worth the investment. Unlike you I run a very profitable electrical contracting company. I think before I do anything that involves spending money. I may be an idiot but I've grown our business every year since I took over. Even in a recession.[/quote]

Nicely put!!!!!!

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I could care less what you or anyone else charges. We are a high end contractor and don't compete with anyone. I want to know what the "going rate" is to see if it is worth the investment. Unlike you I run a very profitable electrical contracting company. I think before I do anything that involves spending money. I may be an idiot but I've grown our business every year since I took over. Even in a recession.[/quote]
Sorry but this is your second post complaining about what someone else charges if you are so high end then you should be able to just roll in the cash when you get a truck
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Don't buy a bucket truck. They're a money pit, in my opinion. I figured it up, and you need to keep one busy at least 9 days a month to at least break even. I'm at 150/hr for the truck, plus the normal hourly rate for the man. Granted, it's used mostly on fixed price work, so the price per hour for anything doesn't really come into play. Parking lot light work is very often fixed price work.

I was considering a lease. I have several large hotels and churches we already service. I'm almost to the point where I could keep one busy 9 days a month. Some months I rent a lift 3 times. Still making money but the 3 rentals is more than a truck lease. Have to wait for delivery etc. I was assuming the cost would be about what you said. That's why I was sorta shocked to see that web site. I know what it takes an hour for us to operate without a bucket truck. I'm going to call and feel them out. If it is indeed that cheap I might have to hire them as subs....
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Buy a junky 5 or 6 thousand dollar 30 foot telescopic to test the waters if you think this is something you seriously want to get into. FWIW, I bought my small one here: www.buckettrucksusa.com They give them a "DuPont overhaul", if you know what I mean.
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You might compare the cost of a bucket truck to operating a van. Does it make more financial sense to send the the truck out on some non-bucket needed service calls to keep it moving? Probably the truck you would get would be pretty large to be able to set poles. Might not work well for normal service call work. But you could also use it for doing aerial work. Overhead services and what not. If you have or have thought about buying other equipment a large bucket truck could probably transport that equipment. Back hoes, bob cats, scissor lifts. Also could swing by the rental place with your large trailer and pick up other rented equipment. Not sure if it's worth paying a guy and buying a trailer to avoid delivery costs.
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I could care less what you or anyone else charges. We are a high end contractor and don't compete with anyone. I want to know what the "going rate" is to see if it is worth the investment. Unlike you I run a very profitable electrical contracting company. I think before I do anything that involves spending money. I may be an idiot but I've grown our business every year since I took over. Even in a recession.
Sorry but this is your second post complaining about what someone else charges if you are so high end then you should be able to just roll in the cash when you get a truck[/quote]




First I complained about an unlicensed company advertising for electrical installs. That was the issue. I don't care what they charge. I don't roll my cash up....I throw it at loose women......
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I think you just fish for ideas on here sometimes. A lot of the guys on ET think that because a guy posts a question he doesn't have a clue. Most of us already have a very good idea of what we are doing and are just "fishing" for more ideas or verifying something we think we know.

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