3 rules for calculating and managing skid steer Owning & Operating costs

Updated Nov 20, 2013
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People who work with big equipment have a saying: “You can be going broke in this business and not know it for six months.”

And the one cost that can be very hard to gauge, if you’re a small contractor or new to this business, is the owning and operating cost of your equipment.

To help you understand how the O&O cost process works for skid steers, we’ve put together the following three rules based on figures for a Case 430/440 model skid steer from 2007. Just keep in mind this is an exercise to show you how the process works. The machine numbers, which are out of date by six years, are for discussion purposes only. However, we have adjusted the diesel fuel prices. Your numbers will vary regardless.

Also: figures do not include insurance, state and local registrations, taxes, and fees. And you should also add in your own figures on company overhead and profit margin to determine what to charge per hour of use. Click below to get started.


Rule 1 >>