How are you pricing out cage/chassis work?
Genuinely curious how you guys are pricing out your chassis and cage work. As a new business, this is the one place I am really struggling to figure out. We currently charge the cost of material Xs 2.5 plus 20% on anything built in house and charge $100(MIG) $130(TIG) per joint on any prebent cages. Also, if you are in the Houston area who is your preferred Metal Supplier and tube Supplier?
Don't forget the option for mandrel bends. I think I remember you had the mandrel attachment. +30% to +50% on the whole job is reasonable for mandrel bends. VERY few shops even offer them on cages.
You can also leave an option for curved tube gussets in corners or bent sheet metal gussets (tacos). Those are reasonable at $100-150 ea. Depends how long they take.
How does everyone else quote cages?
-The dude who started RogueFab
4Runner Build thread: https://www.roguefab.com/forum/projects-and-builds/rogue-fabrication-4runner/
@joe yes sir, I didn't even think about the fact that we can charge more for mandrel bends or gussets! Awesome advice!