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Our hourly rate is $70.00 per hour of actual tractor service which includes both the tractor and an experienced operator. 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 Lake Monticello 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.

Estimating your job involves many facets including consideration for some or all of the following:

  • Location of the job
  • Topography of the land
  • Composition of the soil
  • Hidden and visible obstacles
  • Size of the area
  • Access to the jobsite

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.


Tractor for Hire (that's us)
All the implements and all the labor!
Tractor Tractor Hours Price Haul-In** Taxes*** Total Cost
35HP John Deere w/Driver 1 $70.00 $75.00 $0.00 $145.00
35HP John Deere w/Driver 2 $140.00 $75.00 $0.00 $215.00
35HP John Deere w/Driver 3 $210.00 $75.00 $0.00 $285.00
35HP John Deere w/Driver 4 $280.00 $75.00 $0.00 $355.00
35HP John Deere w/Driver 5 $350.00 $75.00 $0.00 $425.00
35HP John Deere w/Driver 6 $420.00 $75.00 $0.00 $495.00
35HP John Deere w/Driver 7 $490.00 $75.00 $0.00 $565.00
35HP John Deere w/Driver 8 $560.00 $75.00 $0.00 $635.00
**Based on actual hours that the tractor is in service.
***Haul-In charge up to 15 miles.
****Taxes - because we are a service business, the Virginia Tax Code does not require us to collect sales tax.

Haul-In Charges
Distance (one way)
up to 15 Miles $75.00
up to 30 Miles $105.00
up to 50 Miles $145.00
up to 75 Miles $200.00

Typical Jobs*
Task Finish Mowing Bush Hogging Raking Light Grading Trenching Moving Material
Area of Task (acreage) 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 n/a n/a
Length of 2' deep trench n/a n/a n/a n/a 100.00 n/a
Yards of Material n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 20.00
Distance Material Moved n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 200.00
Time Required 2.80 3.30 4.20 5.50 5.00 2.60
Obstacle Factor 10.00% 10.00% 10.00% 10.00% 10.00% 10.00%
Total Time 3.08 3.63 4.62 6.05 5.50 2.86
Cost of Task $215.6 $254.10 $323.40 $423.50 $385.00 $200.20
*While there is no such thing as a typical job, we present this data in good faith to give you a rough idea of what to expect.
A more precise estimate will be provided prior to the start of every job.

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.

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