Overall I think you are on track, but that's a BIG excavator at $100k for a used one. How deep and wide is this trench? We spent about $25k for a used 7000lb size mini excavator with 800hours.
On Feb 21, 2018 8:53 PM, "Chuck McCown" <ch...@wbmfg.com> wrote: > Lets say you have an equipment operator that earns $20/hour. I always > double that for loaded cost. > That operator can dig probably 50 foot/hour reliably. So say 320 feet/day > with start up and shut down inefficiencies. 8 x 40 = $320. So $1/foot > just for the labor. More if we pay for a health insurance plan. > > Then equipment allowance. $100K used excavator. 10% time value of money > = $10K/year > Depreciation expense, say $20K/year. > So $30K/year. If you kept it busy half the time, say 1000 hours, that is > $30/hour. > $240 per day. > > We are up to $560/day for 300 feet of ditch. Round it up to $600 and you > have a minimum of $2/foot. > And knowing my estimates are generally off by half or 3x, perhaps $5/foot > is a good planning figure for the true cost of digging a ditch. > > *From:* Chuck McCown > *Sent:* Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:33 PM > *To:* email@example.com > *Subject:* Excavation costs > > Anyone figured out what it costs them per foot for excavation using their > own machine? > I am working to figure out the real cost. > What does it cost to have a contractor do it? >