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On Farm Service Labor Rate

Postby Son of Butch » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:13 pm

I realize corn dryer repair is a very specialized field, repairmen are few and far between. But shocked at the bill.
Service call $3 mile (120 miles)
Labor rate $245 hour
plus parts

He had the parts in stock, diagnosed and installed the parts and had the dryer back up and running in 2 hours.
But the bill... wow! Harvest weather has not cooperated this fall and drying corn has been expensive this year.

What is the highest hourly labor rate or shop rate you've had to pay?
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Re: On Farm Service Labor Rate

Postby callmefence » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:22 pm

Maybe you should go into corn dryer repair. sounds like there's a shortage.
Run the numbers.... ;-)
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Re: On Farm Service Labor Rate

Postby Son of Butch » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:35 pm

Well I did fix neighbor's corn dryer, ignition wire cracked and rubbed bare, wrapped with electrical tape. No charge.
Maybe I'll have to up my rates. :)
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Postby Brute 23 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:08 pm

Son of Butch wrote:I realize corn dryer repair is a very specialized field, repairmen are few and far between. But shocked at the bill.
Service call $3 mile (120 miles)
Labor rate $245 hour
plus parts

He had the parts in stock, diagnosed and installed the parts and had the dryer back up and running in 2 hours.
But the bill... wow! Harvest weather has not cooperated this fall and drying corn has been expensive this year.

What is the highest hourly labor rate or shop rate you've had to pay?


That sounds really fair to me. I know know when you look at it by the hour it looks like a lot but if they know what they are doing its worth every penny IMO. Now, if you get a some one who farts around and tries 3 parts before it gets right its frustrating.
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Re: On Farm Service Labor Rate

Postby Aaron » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:43 pm

Competent people are worth every penny.

Go hire someone who says they can do a great job, completely fubar it and still sends you a hefty bill for 'their time and expertise'.
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Postby talltimber » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:10 am

What if they weren't on-farm. You could empty your dryer, pull it 120 miles, or haul it, drop it off, make the same trip again whenever it was done, then you are back going again. How long/how much would that take?
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Re: On Farm Service Labor Rate

Postby HDRider » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:00 am

Brute 23 wrote:
Son of Butch wrote:I realize corn dryer repair is a very specialized field, repairmen are few and far between. But shocked at the bill.
Service call $3 mile (120 miles)
Labor rate $245 hour
plus parts

He had the parts in stock, diagnosed and installed the parts and had the dryer back up and running in 2 hours.
But the bill... wow! Harvest weather has not cooperated this fall and drying corn has been expensive this year.

What is the highest hourly labor rate or shop rate you've had to pay?


That sounds really fair to me. I know know when you look at it by the hour it looks like a lot but if they know what they are doing its worth every penny IMO. Now, if you get a some one who farts around and tries 3 parts before it gets right its frustrating.

This is more often the case.
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Postby Texasmark » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:12 am

120 miles (each way) plus time to do the work plus trip back home plus stocking inventory. If a senior citizen as may be the case, for that a motel room for the night might be a necessity, considering he may not have been so fortunate as to fix it in 2 hours.

As farmers/ranchers you know about being broken down in a field far from your homestead. You know what it means to have the concern of what to fix, can it be fixed, do I have the right parts, do I have access to the right parts......on and on.

The guy drives 120 miles, his time, his equipment, his fuel, who knows what's at the end of the road. What happens if he forget something or brought the wrong parts, or can't fix the equipment?

Seems to me a lot of stress there plus the dwindling availability of someone to fix your problems.

I'd look at it as "what was it worth to me to have the equipment working?" If you feel justified in spending what you did to have your dryer running and saving your crop, what difference does it make what the guy charged............and oh my gosh "made some money in the process"?
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Postby plumber_greg » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:25 am

Son of Butch wrote:I realize corn dryer repair is a very specialized field, repairmen are few and far between. But shocked at the bill.
Service call $3 mile (120 miles)
Labor rate $245 hour
plus parts

He had the parts in stock, diagnosed and installed the parts and had the dryer back up and running in 2 hours.
But the bill... wow! Harvest weather has not cooperated this fall and drying corn has been expensive this year.

What is the highest hourly labor rate or shop rate you've had to pay?

Please tell us, what do YOU think the service call and labor rate should have been!??
You surely must have some idea what is fair to you. gs
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Re: On Farm Service Labor Rate

Postby plumber_greg » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:36 am

Aaron wrote:Competent people are worth every penny.

Go hire someone who says they can do a great job, completely fubar it and still sends you a hefty bill for 'their time and expertise'.

I have recently retired. Just last week a man called in trouble. He had paid a young plumber 5k to get water to his house. Ran him off finally, still no water.
I went out to look, it was a mess. Long story, but basically he was trying to pull water 800' with a shallow well pump. Tried to develop a spring, messed that up without the correct equipment.
Told the guy I would fix, but if he didn't want to spend in the 12k range it wasn't worth it.
I have spent 6 days working on it, hope to finish today.
What is my time worth, knowing he's gonna' spend close to 20 grand for a job that should have taken seven or eight? I'm retired, should it be cheaper? Evidently, I am the expert, should I charge extra?
If he had gotten a high school student to work on it, he could have done it really cheap, they don't charge much. You get what you pay for.
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Postby True Grit Farms » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:50 am

The $245.00 hourly rate seems awful high to me, or is that a for a 2 hour minimum labor rate? I'd have no problem with having to pay someone $3 a mile for travel time.
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Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:20 am

When he's working out of his service truck, his shop sits idle but is still a liability. When he's working in his shop, his service truck sits idle but is still a liability. If you didn't know his rates, and thought it took him all day, would you have been upset about the bill? I've had customers get a little upset when they watch us work. $35 to hang a gate seems reasonable......Until they watch me hang one in 5 minutes. They don't want to take into account the thousands of times I've done it, or the grand worth of tools it takes to do it right and fast. It's not about how long it takes me. It's about how long it would take them. $7 per post to just drive posts sounds reasonable to most, but there is no way anyone would hire me for $500/hour even though it's the same price. A pro is worth what he charges. The price seems fair to me.
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Re: On Farm Service Labor Rate

Postby Son of Butch » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:47 am

I appreciated that he fully itemized his bill. Stunned at $245 hour rate.
Later made me chuckle how he must have arrived at $245 ($250 too much $200 hour not enough?)
What did I expect... $150 hr plus service call mileage like my combine mechanic...over $200 hr is what
made me squeal and post. IF asked, I'd definitely recommend him, but would also warn he's not cheap.

If I wanted cheaper rate could have called attorney $175 hour, but know results would have been different.
OR as Rodney Dangerfield said "Met a woman that said she'd do anything for $200... told her to paint my house."

Seems like a lot of you are cashing the check not writing it... especially with 2.85 corn.
BUT my question was how high labor or shop rate in your area before it makes you squeal?
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Re: On Farm Service Labor Rate

Postby Son of Butch » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:39 am

If you all get paid $245 hr for your labor or even if you're only making $90 per hour then you'd have no problem with
$15 hour minimum wage... right?
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Postby ddd75 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:10 am

i won't take my equipment into the JD dealer b/c they charge 105/hr. in ky they only charged 75.

my little motto is.. "if they can do it.. so can I"
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