Call 811

Whether you are a excavator, contractor, or just a homeowner working on a weekend project, state law requires that you notified the WV 811 Center at least two business days prior to excavation.

This is a FREE service (required by law) that allows for utility members to mark their lines so excavation projects can be planned and implemented without loss of service or loss of life.

The Obsticle Factor

The obstacle factor is a percentage of time that we use in allowing for various obstacles either visible or hidden when estimating a job. For example, if the general area of the jobsite to be excavated is known to be extremely rocky, we would assign a high obstacle factor to the estimate for planning purposes.

However, if the job was estimated for 5 hours and we did not encounter the expected obstacles, you would only be charged for the actual time worked.


Explination of Rates

My hourly rate is $60.00 per hour of actual tractor service which includes both the tractor and an experienced operator. Not all jobs will be extimated by the hour, some may have a Flat Rate applied. When using Time Rate there is a minimum of one hour for billing purposes; after the first hour you will be billed for actual time of service.

There is no extra charge for use of multiple implements to complete the task. There is a haul-in fee based on the distance that we have to travel from the Kanawha/Davisville, WV area and is outlined in the chart below.

Onsite planning and surveys for grading design are billed at an hourly rate of $45.00 per hour.

Estimates are Free and involves many facets including consideration for some or all of the following:

While every job is different, we guarantee to provide you with an honest estimate and to bill you only for services rendered. The following charts outline actual costs based on hours of service and distance of travel.

The third chart provides a guide for typical jobs and the time required to complete each task. Unless otherwise specified in the contract, you would add the Haul-in charge to the cost indicated in the third chart. We generally don't consider jobs beyond 75 miles from home base.

Tractor for Hire includes all the implements and all the labor!
Tractor Tractor Hours Price Haul-In* Taxes Total Cost
23HP Kubota BX25 w/Driver 1 $60.00 $65.00 $0.00 $125.00
Based on actual hours that the tractor is in service. *Haul-In charge based on the charte below.


Distance (one way) Haul-In Charges
less than 15 Miles $0.00
From 15 to 30 Miles $65.00
From 30 to 50 Miles $95.00
From 50 tp 75 Miles $105.00


Typical Job *
Task Finish Mowing Light Grading Trenching Material Moving **Snow
Area of Task (acerage) 5.0 5.0 n/a


Length of 2' Deep Trench n/a n/a 100.0 n/a n/a
Yardes of Material n/a n/a n/a 20.0 n/a
Distance Material Moved (ft.) n/a n/a n/a 200.0 n/a
Time Required 2.8 5.5 5.0 2.6 2.5
Obsticle Factor 10.0% 10.0% 10.0% 10.0% 10.0%
Total Time 3.1 6.1 5.5 2.9 2.75
Cost of Task* $186.00 $366.00 $330.00 $174.00 $165.00
*While there is no such thing as a typical job, This data is presented in good faith to give you a rough idea of what to expect. ** Plowing Snow - We don't do large parking lots. Driveways are usually $20 - $30 while small parking lots range from $75 - $165.00.
A more precise estimate will be provided prior to the start of every job.