Backhoe rates


What does a backhoe and operator run an hour where you live?
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On Sun, 30 May 2010 09:29:32 -0700, "Steve B"

It depends on how many hours. For a 1-hour job, about $150. For a full day or more, about $75/hour.
This is in Lauderdale County, North West Alabama.
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That is like "what does a car cost to buy"!
What type of backhoe, a tractor mount, or a micro backhoe, mini, small, medium, large, extra large, they come in all sizes. Also how far is it being floated to the job? What they cost in my area of the world, will have little bearing on prices in other areas.
Try the tried and true method -- call some excavation companies and get some comparative quotes.
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Don't know about Backhoe's but it looks like a regular Hoe goes for about $125/hr on Craigslist.
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On Sun, 30 May 2010 09:29:32 -0700, "Steve B"

Does it/they need to painted yeller?
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Idiotic answers snipped.
If you are just stupid, and don't know the answer, the best thing is to post nothing at all. At least that way, you may still appear knowledgeable. But by posting drivel, you remove all doubt.
A backhoe and operator in my neighborhood goes for fifty to one hundred dollars an hour, depending on the size of the backhoe, and the length of the job. I was just curious as to what the prices were in other places.
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wrote:

In my heighborhood one cannot rent a quarter of a million dollar backhoe and a competent operator for $50 to $150 per hour. Possibly an old broken down machine and an inexperienced operator or illegal operator would work for that rate. I have had to pay $750.00 per 8 hour day for a mini backhoe and run it myself.
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EXT wrote:

Must be one hell of a backhoe for a quarter-mil. (more like a crawler-excavator?) Around here, the sizes used for residential work (hung off the back of a rubber-tired tractor with a front bucket), even the fancy ones, top out at under 100k. And since they last damn near forever if you take care of them, serviceable ones can be found for around half that.
And isn't backhoe work usually priced by the job, not by the hour? (Barring unexpectedly hitting ledge or a gas main or something, of course.)
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I can tell that EXT, who I have filtered, knows nothing about nothing. In my neighborhood right now, a decent brand name backhoe goes for $30,000. The Ritchie Bros. equipment auction coming up in Vegas has them cheaper than that. Buyer beware, and all that, but some clean low hours units go through there regularly for the $30k range.
$250,000 backhoe? Could you please cite one, EXT?
No?
I thought so.
Now, maybe a larger track hoe.
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-snip-
Don't know about the operator any more-- but a few years back I rented a hoe to re-do my foundation. $300 delivered for a 24 hour day. The guy dropped it off at 7pm & was back 7pm the next night. I only put 16 hours on it- but if I was younger and had kept it going 24 the cost was the same.
This was a 1yr old machine in good repair from a True Value hardware store. Couldn't tell you how big it was but it had no trouble getting down to the footers along side my house- about 7' below grade.
Jim [near Schenectady, NY]
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Steve B wrote:

I had a medium sized excavator here and for 8 hours work he charged me around $900. He gave me a big break for unexpected time digging out 2 stumps. I told him there was fill over the one stump but I didn't know how deep it was buried, it was done before I moved here. He told me he was the one who did the last job and didn't think the tree was buried very deep. Turns out he dug over 6' before finding the roots then had to go another 6' to get it out. He didn't have to give me such a break but it was nice of him. I ended up having him deliver almost 200 ton of fill because I'm on a mountain and I wanted a little more flat land around the garage. The fill was free, delivery was $125 for each of 9 loads. He wasn't making much on the delivery either, climbing up the mountain with 22 ton of fill. He's making money on the land he bought. It was practically worthless, a very steep grade right off the highway. To much for a driveway and a building. Now it's almost flat and becoming a prime commercial property.
A couple times I rented a small underpowered 4 wheel drive Kubota backhoe/loader. I think it's the smallest one they make. Around $120 for 8 hours on the meter and have it returned clean within 24 hours. I towed it on their trailer. The thing is a piece of crap and between being short on power the bucket is so small it takes forever to get anything done. I believe the next size or so up is more like a "real" Kubota.
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Thank you for the intelligent knowledgeable experienced based answer.
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I'd agree with the $150 an hour for a moderate sized piece of equipment that's going to be for several hours. Homeowner sized equipment rents for $250 or thereabout a day. I did get one guy to agree to $75 an hour for moving some fill but he was an independent guy that owned his own dump, trailer, and small loader.
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Like others have said.....it depends on the size of the equipment needed, possibility of hitting a gas/water/etc and the size of the job at hand.
Don't be confused by "cost per hour". Some will work real slow and others real fast. Get an estimate and credentials. Getting a permit will almost insure a good job. Pay by the job, not the hour.
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