Welcome to our frequently asked questions page. Many of your questions should be answered in the following section. If you have another question, feel free to use the contact form on the contact page.
- How many acres can you do per hour?
The average cost per acre varies from $400 (single pass with the machine) to $1600 (fine grind) per acre. It always depends on the size of the material to be ground and if the owner wants a fine grind or a coarse grind. A fine grind will take longer because it requires more passes. A job may cost as much as $1600 to $1800 per acre. Doing the park effect costs more due to having work around certain trees.
- How much do you charge per hour?
This depends on the size and scope of the project. Every project is different. Property line management costs more per acre because you are working in a narrow corridor. We also try to keep the material from crossing the property line.
- What is your minimum charge?
$500 dollars, we also charge a one way travel time fee. Travel fee depends on distance from base to the project.
- How big a tree can you grind up?
Normally we like to stay in 6 inch diameter and below. This is more economical for the landowner. This varies from job to job. We have ground trees as large as 16 inch dbh (diameter breast height).
- Do you have a skid steer with a mulching attachment?
A skid steer is a multi-attachment machine. It is designed to use different attachments for different jobs. We are in the forestry mulching business. We use a purpose built machine specifically designed for forestry mulching. Our Rayco C140 has a 140 horsepower engine with twice the hydraulic flow of a skid steer machine. This translates to twice as much work completed per hour.
- How do you keep track of time?
We use a time tracker app to ensure we are only charging the landowner for the actual time we are working. The landowner is never charged when we are not working. There is a lot of maintenance required to run a forestry mulcher. An 8 hour job will require an hour of maintenance. We take pride in our machinery and workmanship. Our maintenance time ensures our machine runs at peak performance. The owner is not charged for maintenance.