Cost of excavating

Old 06-29-00, 10:55 AM
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I'm trying to determine if the rate of some excavation work I had done for my remodel in Washington State is a reasonable rate. It seems high to me but I have no reference to compare it to.

The contractor I used is charging me $125/hour for his labor, his 12-14 yard truck, and his loader (Case 580L). It appears he is charging this rate for his drive time to and from my home as well (worth about 4 hours total).

Is this reasonable for this area? Who can I call to find out for sure for this area?
Old 06-30-00, 03:52 AM
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This is very reasonable. I am surprised it was that low. Usually they charge a move in fee, plus mileage both to and from the job, plus time from either home or the last job which ever is closest, plus hourly rate. I built homes in Wash & Oregon for 11 years, and had excavators coming and going.

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