We are planning to clear and thin out about 12 acres of woods that has never been cleared out. Not sure how to figure out how to plan on the financial part would be or even what to expect. I know it would take a bulldozer and trackhoe to do the work. Is there a general way to figure out how to plan this. One guy wants by the hour and one said he would do it by the acre but cleaning ditches and cleaning the pond was extra. Has anyone done this lately? I have been doing it by hand so far. I got about half an acre done with chain saw and my tractor but it sure is wearing me out. Hopein who ever does it can do it quicker. Is there a way to figure coast on this so I do not get gouged. Thank you for any advise.