Certain equipment purchases are fairly standard in the industry. Our eventual goal on this page is to provide a simple break-down of how much various equipment costs, what its use pays per job, and how many jobs it takes to break even. We’re doing this because we think the EarthBuster knocks it out of the park for its return on investment!
So for starters, here’s a comparison of the ROI for the pumper truck and for the EarthBuster:
Cost: $60K – $250K
Pays: $200-400 per job.
Break-Even: 300-625 jobs.
A new pumper truck with all the bells and whistles can cost as much as $250,000, with used ones starting at around $60,000, give or take a bit. A typical pumping job pays somewhere between $200 and $400, depending on many factors, such as the size of the job, the level of competition in the market, and the average income level in that market. If a septic contractor buys a used pumper truck at $60,000 and gets $200 on every pumping job, the truck pays for itself in 300 jobs. If the contractor buys a $250,000 truck instead, and gets $400 per job, then the truck pays for itself in 625 jobs.
That’s a lot of jobs just to pay for the equipment, yet this level of investment is considered a “no brainer” in the industry. To quote a popular commercial, “It’s what you do!” So if a pumper truck is a great investment with 300-625 jobs needed to break even, then the EarthBuster is an amazing deal, indeed!
Pays: $1,500-$3,000 per job.
Break-even: 5-10 jobs.
Whether you are a one-man business providing EarthBuster services only, or an established “full service” septic company, the EarthBuster just makes good money sense. Even when you figure in the cost of the skid-steer/tractor/excavator required to use the EarthBuster, along with the portable compressor, it still makes a lot of sense. For one thing, most full service contractors have this equipment already. But even if they don’t, a skid-steer and compressor can be rented for about $350-$400 a day (together). The typical EarthBuster job pays $1,500-$3,000, and it’s quite practical to do two jobs a day, provided they’re not too many miles apart. Even with the rented tractor and compressor, that means you’re grossing somewhere from $1,500 to $6,000 in a day, with equipment rental only costing you $350-$400. That puts your net at between $1,100 and $5,600 for a single day!