Typical costs are difficult to assess since local conditions vary
considerably. A hauling operation that has good roads, light traffic, an
moderate weather conditions would have a lower cost than the average.
Operating costs generally include:
a) Equipment fuel.
b) Equipment maintenance and parts. Equipment maintenance and repai
costs (both parts and labor) vary widely; but assuming a useful life of
10,000 hours, maintenance costs can be expected to total approximately
one-half of the initial cost of the machine. To make these costs more
predictable, most equipment dealers offer lease agreements and maintenanc
contracts. Long downtimes usually associated with major repairs can be
reduced by taking advantage of programs offered by equipment dealers.
c) Office trailer rental.
d) Supplies and materials.
e) Utilities (i.e., electricity, heating oil, water, sewer, gas
f) Laboratory analyses.
h) Ongoing inspection and engineering.