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Old 12-02-2009, 05:22 PM   #1
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Just looking for what you guys are getting for using your truck. Just a ball park number. Or do you not charge for the truck you just charge your service call rate?

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Old 12-02-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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I rented a towable boom lift for (4) hours and that cost me $260.00

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I rented a towable boom lift for (4) hours and that cost me $260.00
...and I hope you marked that price up as well.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:36 PM   #4
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...and I hope you marked that price up as well.
I had to change a 400w HPS lamp in my backyard on a 30 ft. pole
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I had to change a 400w HPS lamp in my backyard on a 30 ft. pole
...I might've just went to big blue and bought a motion light! $260 to do all that, for yourself?
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Could you have used a extension ladder? If so you could have bought a extension ladder.
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It is on a (4) ft. long arm.. same as a street light.

I wanted to get 360 degree coverage.

Even with a light bright enough to read a paper, some dirtbag broke into a storage shed to steal tools

They climbed on top of the roof and ripped up the skylight with a claw hammer.

I just happen to walk into the kitchen and see this guy walking across my yard carrying my chainsaw.

I yelled and he dropped everything.. broke the land speed record for 100 yards
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It is on a (4) ft. long arm.. same as a street light.

I wanted to get 360 degree coverage.

Even with a light bright enough to read a paper, some dirtbag broke into a storage shed to steal tools

They climbed on top of the roof and ripped up the skylight with a claw hammer.

I just happen to walk into the kitchen and see this guy walking across my yard carrying my chainsaw.

I yelled and he dropped everything.. broke the land speed record for 100 yards
Oh snap!
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I use another local electrical contractor with a 65ft Altec bucket truck when needed. He usually charges $55.00hr including labor then we mark that up.

Hope that helps

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$55/hr for the bucket truck plus labor and parts. We have a 65' truck.
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I use another local electrical contractor with a 65ft Altec bucket truck when needed. He usually charges $55.00hr including labor then we mark that up.

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Bill
does he have a minimum?
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Typically we do a 4hr min. This makes sure to cover his expenses. He is working as a straight sub when we use him. Great guy, 25yrs exp. gets the job done right the first time every time. Works out great for us.

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I use another local electrical contractor with a 65ft Altec bucket truck when needed. He usually charges $55.00hr including labor then we mark that up.

Hope that helps

Bill


That seems kinda cheap for a 65' truck. We rent 40+ footersand per day I think it is around $600.00 or more per day.

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Sounds cheap to me. Although how often do you use him? I guess in the long run to keep the rolling billboard moving its not a bad number
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Just looking for what you guys are getting for using your truck. Just a ball park number. Or do you not charge for the truck you just charge your service call rate?
Depends on what kink of work your doing and most of all Do you know what your doing. Not a great place to work if you head is not screw on tight. I have been at this for 40 years and you can get what you want if you show people you are the best. Takes alot of time and effort. I get 165.00 per HR. and that is one man rate. Dbl bucket and 2 men you can get 250.00 per HR depending on the job. Most our work is high voltage line work. If your not in the trade It take a lot of time to learn. Fosel
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Cost + desired profit.

Add a "base" charge or "starting rate" then go T&M.
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How you do your book keeping is up to you. I was stating a basic bucket truck rate. I'm sure after all this time we are OK with any code. If you have spent the time in the trenches its time to get what you deserve. I'm very sure if I get a cat out of a tree the charge will be where it needs to be. Could be a code for that?????????????
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How you do your book keeping is up to you. I was stating a basic bucket truck rate. I'm sure after all this time we are OK with any code. If you have spent the time in the trenches its time to get what you deserve. I'm very sure if I get a cat out of a tree the charge will be where it needs to be. Could be a code for that?????????????
What code are you referring to? Your post suggests that someone made mention of a code of some sort. Are you referring to a "Formula" that one might use to produce a price? You lost me with the code thing, I don't recall it in the NEC either, they don't even suggest that we should charge for our work....
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If your getting someone with a bucket for 55 per Hr, Better check out Insurance. I can't understand how anyone can make ends meet? The maintenance can be very costly as well as insurance. We have a 2 hr min. That helps. You could face a lot of problems if there is an accident. Times are tough but be very careful.
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$95 per hour.

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