I just don't think its the time for an increase. I'm already begging for work. Generally things work out but for instance I have 3 half day jobs on the books for this week and thats it. No calls, no interest, nothing. I was on vacation all last week and figured in a week I'd be able to book those days but I was wrong. Not really sure what the deal is. At one point I was booked 3 weeks out. Not I can't get booked a week out. I know there is a feast or famine in tree work but in the 26 tree services out here, i've worked for 13. Even those 13 have dried up. I just think they look at it as bringing me in reduces their profit and a rate increase would reduce it even more. What they don't see is I increase their profit via reduction of manpower and if they aren't charging the customer for my services then they have no idea what they are doing anyway.If you will lose some work over a rate hike, how much loss of hours would balance with your hourly increase?
I'd rather work half as much for 60% more per hour, but that's dreaming.
You have no competition in your specialty.
Idk, here a 22t cable with an experienced operator is $200 per hour, using a climber. A 34t is $300 per hour, also portal-to-portal.
How tight are your jobs? Are cable cranes limited by other trees, where you can work with a more horizontal boom?
Sooo...what is the job 'worth'?All could’ve been done with a mec in 5-6 hours instead of the 12 we put in.
The time savings would’ve been nice but also the fact that we wouldn’t have been dead tired at the end of the job. Plus less limpact but that wasn’t really a concern