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MarkL

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A quick query for the contractors,
Lately we have recently stepped up our alignment work and gotten busier, normally with existing customers and so work was priced in with contract rates etc, im now getting stand alone jobs from non Vib customers and as having a price structure layer out for time onsite and travel etc, I'm wondering do you guys charge per shim as a consumeable on top of the rate you charge for alignment jobs? Or do you build it into the total price? Thanks in advance.

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I build into total price. I quit trying to bill to the $ long time ago. I have a half day rate, and a daily rate. I don't do hourly stuff. What I miss today I'll make up for tomorrow. I consider them consumables, much like clip on weights that I leave as a permanent weld on.  With the weights, I may charge if I use a couple lbs. of 8 oz.'ers, but otherwise I figure I'll be back and make up for it on the next one.
I guess my philosophy is anything less than $50 bucks or so isn't worth the time to put another line item in quickbooks.

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4" & 5" alignment shims, especially 0.100 and 0.125" are certainly not cheap. Did a job this week and used 8 x 0.125 and 4 x 0.100 plus some smaller ones. So yes, I always bill for shims. And any alignment I do, I replace all existing shims unless they are Precision Brand (that's all I use) and they never are unless I aligned it before.

The way I price the shims, is take the number of shims in a new, full box, and divide it into the price. So perhaps it comes to $3 per shim. When I finish the job, I just count the number of shims I used, so 12 shims is $36 (just an example). I have a price for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6" shims in Quickbooks, so it's very easy to bill.

I don't bill for balance weights or other consumables, except maybe a Shutdown, I usually just bill $50 for consumables. Never had any aspect of any bill questioned in 22 yrs. People know stuff costs money.

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Thanks guys, I'm responsible for costs within my department and just wanted some other aspects. Thanks guys.
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We also always bill the customer for shims but build them into the price.
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That's really what I do Marksl I don't line item out, but I don't lose money on them either, especially the bigger ones.

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